See upcoming dates below

Times: Session times vary; See below

Cost: $65 for members; $75 for non-members (plus an additional $25 for materials if you choose to purchase them from the Village)

Online! We will be using Zoom and Google Classroom

Reverse glass painting
Reverse glass painting

Join Old Sturbridge Village for an in-depth exploration of the 1830s from the comfort of your own home! This summer, the museum will offer fun, virtual learning opportunities for kids ages 6 to 12. Sessions will be taught by experienced museum educators and knowledgeable historians, live on Zoom. In addition to live videos, participants will consult a library of demo videos and virtual tours, available through Google Classroom. 

We will be offering more virtual programs as the summer moves on. Stay tuned to this page and OSV’s social media for further announcements!

Pre-registration is required; see below!

Details

Upcoming Sessions

Young Artists | Ages 6-8 | Mondays and Wednesdays, August 10-19

Dates: Mondays and Wednesdays each week, starting on August 10 (Dates: August 10, 12, 17, and 19) – Register by August 5

Click here to register for  9:30 am sessions FULL

Click here to register for 11:00 am sessions FULL

Calling all blossoming artists! Students in this program will try out art projects inspired by paintings, pottery, and prints of the 1830s. We will get inspired by the Village’s animals, gardens, and architecture to create beautiful art. During our time together, students will get live, virtual instruction from the Village’s experts. These live sessions will be supplemented with demos, tours, and photos that students can check out on their own. The session will culminate in a virtual show of our works.

Supplies

If you are considering buying the supply kit but wanted to see its contents, check out the list below! We are including (almost!) everything your child will need for all 4 projects.

If you are picking up your supplies, program staff will be in touch to let you know set supply pick-up times the week before your program begins. Pick up takes place at the Village’s Museum Education building. We can also ship supply kits for an additional fee if you register by August 5.

To provide at home: scissors, tape, table or clothing covered to protect surfaces from mess

If you have opted out of purchasing a supply kit from the Village for your child’s program, click here for the list of supplies they will need. You may have many of these supplies already. If not, most of them are available online or at your local craft store.

Weekly Schedule (subject to change)

August 10: In the 1830s, pottery was not considered an art form like it is today. Still, we are going to explore our creativity through clay, inspired by some of the Village’s pottery.

August 12: In the 18th and 19th centuries, weavers used looms to create fabrics for clothing, rugs, blankets, and more. We are going to explore the skill of weaving by using a small bookmark loom at home!

August 17: Learn how to create a portrait with one of the Village’s talented artists! We will learn step by step how to add facial details and some 19th-century flair.

August 19: Reverse glass painting was a popular form of decoration in the 1830s where the artist painted directly on a piece of glass and then framed or used in a clock. Our artists will trace a simple design and then add their own artistic flair.

Nineteenth-century art projects during the session will include (subject to change):

Instructions and supplies for additional, self-guided art projects will also be available to try out!

 

Games and Amusements | Ages 9-12 | Tuesdays and Thursdays August 11-20

Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays each week, starting on August 11 (Dates: August 11, 13, 18, and 20–4 total sessions) – Register by August 5

Click here to register for  9:30 am sessions

Click here to register for 11:00 am sessions

Let’s play some games! While parents could purchase some toys for their children at the store at the time, many games were homemade or depended on imagination. Students in this program will make and play several toys and games that were popular in the 1830s. During our time together, students will get live, virtual instruction from the Village’s experts. These live sessions will be supplemented with demos, tours, and photos that students can check out on their own.

Supplies

If you are considering buying the supply kit but wanted to see its contents, check out the list below! We are including (almost!) everything your child will need for all 4 projects.

If you are picking up your supplies, program staff will be in touch to let you know set supply pick-up times the week before your program begins. Pick up takes place at the Village’s Museum Education building. We can also ship supply kits for an additional fee if you register by August 5.

To provide at home: scissors, tape, table or clothing covered to protect surfaces from mess

If you have opted out of purchasing a supply kit from the Village for your child’s program, click here for the list of supplies they will need. You may have many of these supplies already. If not, most of them are available online or at your local craft store. 

Weekly Schedule (subject to change)

August 11: In the 1830s, parents could purchase toys at the store, but many toys were homemade from simple materials like wood and pieces of fabric. Using wood, paper, and glue, we will create a simple but fun wooden sailboat toy!

August 13: A silhouette is an image of a person or object, typically cut from a piece of black paper. Silhouettes were a popular artform in the 1830s: they were both a way to create a likeness of a friend or family member and a good way to pass the time. We will learn how to cut silhouettes with one of the Village’s talented artists!

August 18: The Jacob’s ladder was a popular folk toy in the 19th century, and is likely even older than that. Made from wooden blocks and ribbon, the toy can be manipulated to do all sorts of tricks. Participants will make a Jacob’s Ladder, then learn some of the ways to entertain and amaze with it.

August 20: Nine Men’s Morris is an ancient game, played by marching soldiers with sand and pebbles. In the 19th century, the game remained a popular and fun game of strategy. We will learn to rules and then make our own Nine Men’s Morris board from simple materials.

Nineteenth-century projects during the session will include (subject to change):

Instructions and materials for additional, self-guided games and amusements will also be available to try out through Google Classroom!

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Read answers below or download the full FAQ here.

What are the hours of this program?

Live sessions will take place on Tuesday and Thursday or Monday and Wednesday at your assigned time–check your registration confirmation or the website in case you need more information!

Sessions will last for approximately one hour. Participants can view additional videos or do crafts on their own during the week at their own pace. Each program lasts for 2 weeks, for a total of 4 live sessions.

What will my child be doing during their virtual sessions?

During virtual meetups, the group’s instructor will walk participants through the day’s craft. Students will do the activity at home during the session and will have the chance to ask questions and interact with the teacher. Each session will also have time for students to share their own work and ask questions. During the rest of the week, you will have access to other crafts and activities to try out at your own pace.

 

How will we know what’s happening for the week?

At the beginning of each week, we will send the participant’s parent a remote learning email, detailing the activities for the week and what supplies your child will need to use for their crafts. The email will also include the links for the live Zoom sessions. To ensure security during the Zoom sessions, we will utilize passwords and waiting rooms. During the first week, participants will also be asked to get on their Google Classroom and share a little bit about themselves, as well as watch an intro video from their instructors.

We chose not to purchase the supply pack. What should we do now?

Most of the supplies in the supply kits are easily available online or from craft stores. You might also have many of the supplies already at home. For some supplies–like wood–we will provide measurements in case you are able to cut the necessary pieces at home. Please consult the supply list to see what you will need for your program!

We did order a supply pack. What should we do now?

If you are picking up your supplies, program staff will be in touch to let you know set supply pick-up times the week before your program begins. Pick up takes place at the Village’s Museum Education building.

If you ordered supplies to be mailed to you, we will ship them to you as soon as possible. Please register by August 5 in order to allow for shipping.

What technology is necessary for this program?

Participants will need a laptop, phone, or tablet with internet access. Microphone and camera use is encouraged, but not required. The workshops will take place through teleconferencing, so participants will be able to communicate with instructors. Participants will also have access to additional crafts and videos through the OSV website to do at their own pace.

What if we experience technical or technological difficulties and it prevents us from joining a session?

We will make activity instructions available to everyone in a PDF format and in art supply kits, and workshops will be recorded separately by OSV staff.

What about online safety?

Our Zoom sessions will only be accessible through a link and password, which will be sent out to guardians before the program begins. We will also use a waiting room to ensure that only participants are allowed into the sessions. There will be at least three OSV staff members involved in each call. They will be present in the sessions early and participants will not be allowed to stay on a session without teacher supervision.

Staff will also closely monitor participant posts and interaction in Google Classroom to ensure that there is no cyberbullying or other inappropriate interactions between participants.

What if my child is not available for one of the sessions?

Each live session will be recorded, so they will be able to watch it on their own.

Will there be learning opportunities outside of the set schedule of sessions?

Yes! Depending on the theme of your program, your child’s teacher will suggest that participants watch specific, short videos on the website. These videos are related to the day’s lesson. For example, if the craft for the day is pottery, participants will be directed to watch a video of one of the Village’s potters working on the pottery wheel. There will also be instructions for optional crafts related to the program’s theme, in case your child wants to work on a self-guided project.

Who will be teaching the programs?

OSV’s virtual programs will be taught by our team of experienced museum educators. Each session will have two teachers, as well as a third staff member to act as a facilitator and tech support. In addition, some of the museum’s historians will make appearances live during the session, as well as in some of the option videos in the video library.

Won’t my child get frustrated doing crafts online?

The crafts we have chosen for this program are largely creative and open to interpretation. They don’t need to be perfect or an exact imitation of the teacher’s work, so imagination is encouraged! Additionally, we ask that guardians be accessible during virtual learning sessions in case your child needs assistance with the day’s craft.

Are scholarships available?

Scholarships are available to participants who show need. Please email  eogrady@osv.org to express interest before registering for the program. Preference will be given to students from Southbridge, MA., and those who receive free or reduced lunch.