Thursday Summer Fun at the Norton Simon Museum

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Date(s) - Jun 23
1:00 pm

Norton Simon Museum


Thursday Summer Fun is back! Starting on June 16, spend Thursday afternoons at the Museum exploring the galleries and making original creations. Each class is free with Museum admission and no advance registration is required. Recommended for families with children ages 4–10. For more information, email

Sculptures for the Garden
Thursday, June 16, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Take a walk through the Sculpture Garden and get to know some of the sculptures along the pond and some that you might find tucked away. Think of a favorite grassy spot in the Garden and create your own sculpture for that spot. Next, find a special place in your home for your work of art.

Thursday, June 23, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Hop into one of Gustave Courbet’s boats and sail away to the beach and summer scenes of such artists as Louis-Eugène Boudin and Berthe Morisot. Then construct a collage of a vacation place that you would like to visit with your family.

Artful Suncatchers
Thursday, June 30, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Journey through the Museum to another place and time. Meet a Bodhisattva from ancient Gandhara, and a family from 17th-century Amsterdam, then have a seat by Van Gogh’s Mulberry Tree from 19th-century France and reflect on your adventure. Using transparencies of artworks from the Museum’s vast collections, make artful suncatchers to shine a little bit of the Museum into your home.

Pattern Prints
Thursday, July 7, 1:00-3:00pm
Explore the artworks of Wallace Berman, Wayne Thiebaud, and Andy Warhol in the exhibition, Duchamp to Pop, and notice how patterns are formed when images repeat. Make a stamp using foam sheets and cardboard and design a patterned print.

Superhero Masks

Thursday, July 14, 1:00-3:00pm
Meet heroes from long ago like the shepherd boy, David, who slayed a giant named Goliath, and the Hindu goddess, Durga, who defeated the buffalo demon, Mahishasura, when no other god could. Learn of these heroic tales and more. Gather inspiration to make a superhero mask.

Miniature Masterpieces
Thursday, July 21, 1:00-3:00pm
Norton Simon collected European masterworks from the Renaissance to the 20th century as well as Indian and Southeast Asian artworks spanning 2,000 years. Look at a few highlights from the Museum’s collection and create your own masterpiece using mixed media on mini canvas panels.