Reynolda Discovery Lesson

Upcoming Date and Time(s):
Feb 24, 2024, 10:00am — 11:30am
Jun 29, 2024, 10:00am — 11:30am
Jul 20, 2024, 10:00am — 11:30am
Sep 21, 2024, 10:00am — 11:30am

Location: Mary Alice Warren Community Center

Cost: $5 per child and free for caregivers.

Reynolda Discovery Lessons promote reading readiness and visual literacy for preschoolers through dramatic play, music, movement, and artmaking, using a work of art or item from Reynolda’s collection as a starting point.

The program will take place indoors and outdoors at the Mary Alice Warren Community Center.

Advance registration is required. Single-session classes are for children ages 3 – 5 and a caregiver.


Spring Saturday Sessions (All sessions are 10 – 11:30 a.m.):
All classes are held offsite at the Mary Alice Warren Community Center.

  • Saturday, Feb. 24: Bachman’s Warbler | Register Here
    In this Discovery Lesson, we will study the rarest North American songbird, Bachman’s Warbler –  that is now extinct. We will also discover what it means to be a naturalist and provide hands-on activities on activities John James Audubon loved when he was a child – music, drawing and nature.  
  • Saturday, June 29: Orchids and Hummingbirds | Register Here
    During this Discovery Lesson we will examine the special attributes of hummingbirds as well as study cross-pollination with a hand-on simulation.  We will make 3-D models of a hummingbird and nest and learn how to increase and maintain the hummingbird population in our community.
  • Saturday, July 20: Phlox | Register Here
    During this Discovery Lesson we will practice close-looking skills to learn about garden phlox, or Phlox paniculata.  We will use a thinking routine to learn more about the painting Phlox, David Johnson 1827-1908.  Participants will also have the opportunity to plant their own phlox to take home, re-create the painting on a canvas and use a variety of magnifying tools to closely study the attributes of the flower.
  • Saturday, September 21 : Still Lifes | Register Here
    In this Discovery Lesson participants will study the abundance of cut flowers represented in the painting Flowers in a Glass Pitcher with Bird’s Nest and Fruit, Severin Rosen (c.1816-1872) by doing a simple dissection of flowers from Reynolda Gardens, arranging a floral bouquet and painting their own floral image showcasing a variety of blooms.

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