Virtual Family Day: Coloring My Feelings

Every second Sunday of the month, Mia hosts a free monthly event for families, kids, and the young at heart featuring virtual hands-on art activities, music, dance performances, artist demonstrations, and more — all inspired by Mia’s incredible collection. 

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Virtual Family Day: Coloring My Feelings

Art by Maddy Buck

Explore and express your feelings this Family Day with interactive art and dance activities. Draw various facial expressions on colorful watercolor blobs guided by local artist Maddy Buck, and watch her read her illustrated Book of Anger. Make a fan and learn to playfully dance with it in a virtual flamenco lesson by Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theater. Also, brighten your view by making a vibrant design inspired by the stained glass windows from Mia’s Prairie School designed Purcell-Cutts House.

Free Family Day Artist Totes

Totes available while supplies last.

During the Family Day weekend (April 10–11) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., you can pick up a free Family Day Artist Tote at Mia’s Third Avenue entrance. You’ll find materials to make a colorful window design, a flamenco fan, and a “My Many Feelings are Beautiful!” watercolor poster with instructions by local illustrator Maddy Buck.
Materials in the kit complement the Virtual Family Day program’s activities but are not essential to enjoying the activities. Totes are available while supplies last.

Closer Look: Feelings

Art can help explore and express many different kinds of feelings. Explore them in this quiz! Click the image above or click here to take the quiz.

My Many Feelings are Beautiful

Have you ever thought about how amazing it is that we can experience so many feelings?
Click here for a watercolor activity created by local illustrator Maddy Buck to create a poster celebrating your many beautiful feelings!

What do you do when you are angry? Watch author and illustrator Maddy Buck read her short story “Book of Anger,” which is the result of a day when she was feeling angry.

Create a “stained glass” window design

William Gray Purcell; Designer: George Grant Elmslie, Window, Purcell-Cutts House, c. 1913, Glass, zinc caming, Bequest of Anson Cutts 90.92.74 Purcell-Cutts House Learn how to make your own “stained-glass” window inspired by Mia’s Purcell-Cutts House.

Windows can brighten not only the light, but the mood of a home!

Click here for instructions on how to make a vibrant design resembling stained glass to decorate your windows!

Make a Fan and Dance Flamenco!

Unknown artist, Kina Perrier Aperitif, 1895, Color lithograph mounted on linen, Gift of Marguerite and Russell Cowles P.79.82.5

Flamenco is a very expressive and passionate dance from Spain. Flamenco is danced by both men and women, and sometimes dancers use props like fans (called “abanico” in Spanish) for extra flair.

Click here for instructions on how to create your own fan then try dancing flamenco with instructions by Zorongo Flamenco Theater and School in the video below!