Terrific Tuesdays: Winterthur Collection Objects and the Garden!

Tuesdays in July and August

10:00 am–3:00 pm

Terrific Tuesdays will explore Winterthur collection objects and the garden this summer. In July, kids will explore how objects in the Winterthur collection were made and how they are cared for today. Each week will focus on a different medium with a different conservator, so kids can learn about a variety of objects in the museum and discover how they are different in both construction and conservation.

In August, Terrific Tuesdays shifts to the garden where we use the beautiful plants of the Winterthur Garden as inspiration and feature crafts made from nature. Flowers, leaves, bark, and twigs will adorn nature bracelets, sun catchers, bookmarks, and ornaments. Join us in Enchanted Woods, weather permitting, to make these nature art crafts and to participate in other fun activities while exploring our children’s garden. In the event of inclement weather, crafts will be made indoors in the Brown Horticulture Learning Center.


Themes and Schedule

July 1: Textiles

We will explore various methods of decorating textiles such as tie-dyeing, weaving, cross-stitching, and printing. Quilting activities included.


July 8: Paintings

This week we will explore different painting methods as well as the use of color. Activities include painting on plaster, which demonstrates the ideas behind fresco; reverse painting on clear plastic; and the creation of egg tempera paint. Conservation-focused activities include painting in areas of loss and gilding. There will be examples of the different binders that are used in paint, and we will be looking at where in the world the different pigments come from.  We will be joined by Conservator Mary McGinn.


July 15: Ceramics

Learn all about ceramics this week! We will be making coil pots, mosaics, and clay figures. We will focus our conservation this week on mosaics, including activities such as filling in an area of loss with the correct tiles or filling holes in broken plates or pottery. We will be joined by Conservators Lauren Fair and Catherine Matsen.

July 22: Books

This week we will be focusing on book arts. Book-binding activities as well as paper aging, papermaking, paper marbling, printmaking, and calligraphy are included. There will be demonstrations on how to handle old and delicate books and activities demonstrating how to clean them. Learn about the history of paper and books. We will be joined by Conservator Chela Metzger.

July 29: Wooden Objects

The final week of Terrific Tuesdays in July focuses on wooden objects, with many activities related to their construction such as drawers, joints, marquetry designs, and examples of turned wood. Activities include wood staining and faux finishing. We will also be exploring where all the different types of wood come from, the tools that are used in woodworking, and examples of woodworking techniques. Kids will take home a stained wooden picture frame. We will be joined by Conservators Mark Anderson and Stephanie Auffrett.


Members free! Discounted admission for nonmembers: $5 per child with one free adult.

Your attendance at this event allows Winterthur to use your photograph for promotional purposes without compensation. 

This program is made possible, in part, by the F. M. Kirby Foundation; Bank of America Foundation; a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts; the Max & Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.; and the Dow Chemical Company Foundation.



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