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"Thanks again for the great tour today at the Met. I think it's great and you do a fabulous job of being informative and entertaining! Can you please add me to your newsletter list? This all means so much to me. I wish I could go back to school to study art history - just not in the budget now. So your tours are extra special to me. Thank you!!"
--NYC Stroller Mom


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Mothers with strollers are welcome to attend one of the following tours by Art Historian Lee Sandstead.  Each tour takes into consideration the many things that a stroller mom might carry to a museum: children, food, toys, etc.

While infants might be too young to benefit form art, it is never too early for parents to build art-inculcating habits--surrounding the child, of all ages, with life-affirming music, literature, painting and sculpture.

Life-affirming, idealistic art in the life of a child is crucial to their development.  Art, in essence, shows the child the end of their cognitive work.  Art tell them: "See all this thinking, studying and learning that you are doing?  This is the end!  This is your goal!  Here are the ideals for which you aspire!"  Art shows the child what is possible.

But, as these guided-lectures argue, art is not only necessary for children-but also for parents, especially those artworks concretizing a benevolent relationships between the parent and child.

Meetings:  12:00-2:00 p.m. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Street-level entrance at Fifth Avenue and 81st in seating room. Bring your strollers!  $25 per person--which includes the price of admission--babies free! (Payment must be made to Mr. Sandstead.) Everyone welcome!

Pre-registration:  Due to the new limit of nine strollers per tour, pre-registration is a must for those bringing strollers, and for a tour to happen, there must be at least six registrants.

Schedule

Friday, June 23 or 30: Ancient Egypt
Building on the success of the last "strollers and art" tour and incorporating at least a dozen great suggestions from past attendees, this tour will introduce parents with strollers to Egyptian art; discussing hieroglyphics, pyramids, temple architecture and figurative art. 

Friday, July 7 or 14:  Ancient Greece
Greeks revolutionized the world by using nature as their primary source for art.  Our time will be divided between Greek vase painting and sculpture—each equally revolutionary. 

Friday, July 21 or 27 or 28:  The Renaissance
Since the Met's Medieval collection is housed in the Cloisters on the Upper East Side, the next stop in our tour through Art History will be the Renaissance.  Highlights will include: the Madonna, comparisons to Medieval art, portraiture (including in-depth coverage of the Mona Lisa), the technique of painting in oil, elements of style (line, light, space, color, etc.) and much more.  All are welcome to attend.

Thursday, August 10: Ancient Egypt
Building on the success of the last "strollers and art" tour and incorporating at least a dozen great suggestions from past attendees, this tour will introduce parents with strollers to Egyptian art; discussing hieroglyphics, pyramids, temple architecture and figurative art. 

Friday, August 11 or 18:  Symbolism in Art
Refreshing our memory of the Renaissance, this tour picks up with the Northern Renaissance and will continue through the Baroque, eighteenth-century and Rococo.  Of particular interest will be our discussion of symbols in art.  What do those things mean, and how can we find out?

Wednesday, September 6 or 13: Baroque and Eighteenth Century  New start time: Noon. 

Wednesday, October 4--noon: Stained Glass at the Met.

I know what you are thinking: “Stained glass?????  I’ll skip that one!” No!!!  This is a must-attend lecture!  Tracing the history of stained glass at the Met from the ninth-century to the twentieth-century, this tour will give each attendee an unprecedented new love for this medium—a medium that is EVERYWHERE. I have delivered this lecture several times at the Met, and the most frequent response that I have received is: “I had no idea!!!  I am now fired up for stained glass!!!”  I have traveled the world looking at stained glass—and now, I bring this knowledge to you.  I hope to see you there! 

October: 10 The American Revolution of Stained Glass, Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Must register. TOUR OPEN.  Meeting 3:30-5:00 p.m. Fee: $25 payable directly to Mr. Sandstead.

October: 17 The American Revolution of Stained Glass, Metropolitan Museum of Art.  TOUR FULL REGISTRATION.  Must register. Meeting: 1-3 at the 81st downstairs entrance.  Fee: $25 payable directly to Mr. Sandstead.

October: 18 American Sculpture, Metropolitan Museum of Art.  TOUR OPEN.  Meeting time NOON at the 81st downstairs entrance.  Must register. Fee: $25 payable directly to Mr. Sandstead.

TOUR:  Wed, Nov. 29Americans in Paris—Special Exhibition, Metropolitan Museum of Art.  TOUR OPEN.  Must register. Meeting time NOON at the 81st downstairs entrance.  Fee: $25 payable directly to Mr. Sandstead.

TOUR: Sat, Dec. 2Americans in Paris—Special Exhibition, Metropolitan Museum of Art.  TOUR OPEN.  Must register. Meeting time NOON at the 81st downstairs entrance.  Fee: $25 payable directly to Mr. Sandstead.

TOUR: Wed, Dec. 13Modern and Contemporary Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art.  TOUR OPEN.  Must register. Meeting time NOON at the 81st downstairs entrance.  Fee: $25 payable directly to Mr. Sandstead.   Metropolitan Museum of Art