Day of Free Kids’ Workshops Inspired by the Art of M.C. Escher at Fenimore Art Museum

Cooperstown, New York  On Saturday, August 5, Fenimore Art Museum will host children’s workshops based on the exhibition M.C. Escher: Infinite Variations. In the morning, children ages 6-8 and 9-12 can learn dance moves inspired by pieces in the exhibition in a creative movement workshop with the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company. During the afternoon, children ages 8-12 can learn about and create their own optical illusions in two workshops. Registration is required for these free programs.

Creative Movement Workshops for Kids with Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company

Saturday, August 5 • 10:00 a.m. (ages 6-8) / 11:00 a.m. (ages 9-12)
Free • Registration is required

Step inside the magical artistry and mind of M.C. Escher and use creative movement to capture the fascinating wizardry of his art. Workshops are led by dancers from the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company as they show participants artworks in our current exhibition, M. C. Escher: Infinite Variations, and then lead them in a series of creative movement exercises inspired by the artworks. Participants should wear comfortable sneakers and activewear.

Optical Illusion Workshop for Kids (ages 8-12)

Saturday, August 5 • Two workshops: 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Free • Registration is required

Fenimore offers a workshop for kids ages 8-12 exploring how artist M.C. Escher used optical illusions to create shapes and images in his prints that are impossible in the real world. Children will explore the exhibition M.C. Escher: Infinite Variations and then use a variety of art materials to make optical illusions of their very own to take home, exploring geometry, perspective, and more.

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The workshops are sponsored in part by Robert and Esther Black Family Foundation, The Clark Foundation, Nellie and Robert Gipson, Joseph and Carol Mahon, Mr. Tom Morgan and Ms. Erna J. Morgan McReynolds, NYCM Insurance, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas O. Putnam, and Richland County Foundation.

About Fenimore Art Museum

Fenimore Art Museum, located on the shores of Otsego Lake—James Fenimore Cooper’s “Glimmerglass”—in historic Cooperstown, New York, features a wide-ranging collection of American art including folk art; important American 18th- and 19th-century landscape, genre, and portrait paintings; more than 125,000 historic photographs representing the technical developments made in photography and providing extensive visual documentation of the region’s unique history; and the renowned Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art comprised of nearly 900 art objects representative of a broad geographic range of North American Indian cultures, from the Northwest Coast, Eastern Woodlands, Plains, Southwest, Great Lakes, and Prairie regions. Visit