Webby’s Art Studio

Come create! Specialized art activities for all ages, inspired by temporary and permanent exhibitions.

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Webby’s Art Studio will be held in the Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education classroom, unless otherwise specified. A new featured activity will be offered weekly on Saturdays from September–November.


7      Choppy Waters  Use chalk pastels and collage to draw a water scene featuring the Steamboat Ticonderoga on the rough waters of Lake Champlain.

14    Make your Mark The Dot, a famous children’s book by Peter Reynolds, gives us courage to be an artist and make our mark. Create a work of art that features a dot to celebrate International Dot Day!

21    Rocking Duck Craft your own decoy inspired by the carvings in the new exhibition, Joel Barber & the Modern Decoy. Please join us in Owl Cottage Activity Center this week. 

28    Animation Creation Combine science and art to make a nineteenth century optical illusion toy called a thaumatrope. See if you can spot other nineteenth century toys on display in the Toy Shop.


5      Doll Designer Draw a character or a self-portrait that you can turn into a large animated doll inspired by the collection in the Variety Unit. Please join us in Owl Cottage Activity Center this week. 

12    Pumpkin Patch Get creative as you paint a mini pumpkin, grown here at Shelburne Museum.

19    Say Cheese! Make a camera sculpture and pretend you are the photographer, William Wegman Visit the exhibition, William Wegman: Outside In, to see some of the artist’s large Polaroid pictures.

26    Secret Identity Design a superhero mask to keep your identity a secret on Halloween.


2      Watercolor Wonder Paint your own painting inspired by the watercolors from the exhibition, Joel Barber & the Modern Decoy.

9      Photo Finish Learn about a photographic process from the exhibition, Time Lapse: Contemporary Analog Photography, and create your own work of art.

16    Diorama Day Discover the museum’s collection of miniatures and design your own diorama using drawing, collage, and sculpture techniques.

23    Matchbox Houses Make a petite house for a miniature figurine, inspired by the museum’s collection of dollhouses.

30    Wired Ballet Edgar Degas is one of the French Impressionist painters featured in Electra Havemeyer Webb Memorial Building. Visit the building and sculpt an Edgar Degas ballerina using wire, pipe cleaners, and tulle.

Art on the Go!


Go hands-on! Our bright blue carts are filled with art supplies, games, activities, and books for all ages. Each cart has a different theme to connect to a Museum collection, building, or special exhibition. Look for them at these locations:

Think like an Artist Videographer, photographer, and painter, William Wegman, is known for taking the ordinary and making it extraordinary. Explore the exhibition William Wegman: Outside In, and then unleash the artist in you as you explore the contents of this cart.

July – October at Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education


Light on Lake Champlain  The Lighthouse was built in 1871 along the shores of Lake Champlain to warn ships of the Colchester Reef, Colchester Shoals, and the Hogback Reef. Eleven lighthouse keepers and their families called this home until 1933 when an electric beacon was installed. Imagine living in this lighthouse. Explore the contents of the cart and learn about how keepers tended to the lamps each night, in order to protect those traveling on Lake Champlain.

May – October at Lighthouse


The S.S. Ticonderoga The Ticonderoga steamship was launched in 1906 as a ferry boat across Lake Champlain. The crew of 29 consisted of a captain, two engineers, two pilots (navigator), two first mates, three firemen (loaded the coal boilers), five deckhands, two watchmen, and twelve stewards who would cook, clean, and serve in the dining room. Use this cart to learn about the simple machines and knots that the crew might use while working on the boat. Walk around the boat and see if you can find any examples of knots or simple machines.

August – October aboard the Ticonderoga

Gallery Guides NEW!

Gallery Guides are fun, interactive workbooks that visitors can use individually or together. They are designed to help you learn about and make connections with the Museum’s collections. These booklets can be filled out using pencil and they can be taken home.

Collect all four!

Look for them in these buildings:

Beach Lodge

Circus Building

Dorset House

Webb Gallery