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Holiday Happenings at Tacoma Art Museum

Tacoma Art Museum offers a myriad of special experiences during this holiday season. In addition to Monet, Renoir, Degas, and Their Circle: French Impressionism and the Northwest and Bart at TAM: Animating America’s Favorite Family, TAM has unique winter art and art-making opportunities.   

 “From the elegant performance by Tacoma City Ballet scheduled for our first-ever Holiday Luncheon that connects directly to the work by Edgar Degas in the exhibition of French Impressionism and the Northwest, to learning about the design of the original X-Wing™ fighter from Star Wars™ from the concept artist Colin Cantwell, to just enjoying the season with family and taking care of your holiday shopping needs, TAM has it all,” noted TAM Executive Director David F. Setford.

TAM will be closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, but maintains a regular schedule including Neighborhood Nights every Thursday which offer free admission from 5-8 pm. Learn more about the events, activities and exhibitions at www.tacomaartmuseum.org.

TAM Teach: Impressionism: Color and Light

Thursday, November 14, 4:30 – 7:30 pm

The classics of the Impressionist era still have much to teach us. Explore works of art in Monet, Renoir, Degas, and Their Circle: French Impressionism and the Northwest. Investigate color and light with activities that can be adapted to any age or art ability, and create some art of your own!

Cost: $15 per person for a 3-hour workshop; clock hours provided

Director Talk: French Impressionism

Sunday, November 17, 2 pm

Join TAM Executive Director David F. Setford for a discussion of the role of French Impressionism in the Northwest. Hear firsthand how the exhibition Monet, Renoir, Degas and Their Circle: French Impressionism and the Northwest was assembled, learn about the escapades of the impressionist artists, and their revolutionary approach to color and light.

Cost: $10 ($5 TAM members/ students with ID)

Homeschool Day: Impressionism

Thursday, November 20, 10 am – 2 pm

Join us for a special day just for homeschool students! Explore the impressionists’ world of light and color. Participate in a guided tour of works of art in the museum, including the exhibitionMonet, Renoir, Degas and Their Circle: French Impressionism and the Northwest. Create your own impressionist-style artwork, learning from an expert teaching artist. Spend time exploring the galleries on your own, with self-guided activities and a scavenger hunt. Check out art-making activities in TAM Studio.

$10 per student; one adult chaperone per family free ($5 per additional adult); children under 4 free

Holiday Luncheon

Tuesday, December 3, 11 am- 1 pm

Kick off the holiday season and support TAM’s weekly free access Neighborhood Nights while enjoying a delicious lunch at TAM. Tacoma City Ballet will perform a selection from “The Nutcracker and the Tale of the Hard Nut”, Emerald City Cadets will lead guests in a few rounds of caroling and, of course, you will find a great selection of gifts from TAM Store with gift wrapping included.

Cost: $40/general; $80/benefactor; $320 for table of 8
Event registration closes Monday, December 2.

Sponsored by South Sound Business Magazine.

Tickets Here

Sip and Paint: French Impressionism with Artist Valerie Collymore

Thursday, December 12, 5:30 pm

Join us to sip on wine, and nibble on appetizers while trying your hand at impressionist brushstrokes! Examine the intricate works of art in Monet, Renoir, Degas, and Their Circle: French Impressionism and the Northwest exhibition with professional artist Valerie Collymore. Then create your own impressionist-style artwork, learning impressionist painting techniques Collymore.

Valerie Collymore is a full-time oil painting artist who is passionate about the French Impressionist tradition. She exhibits her work in galleries and prestigious national juried shows, and teaches the science behind art and techniques of the French Impressionists.

Having grown up in the south of France, where many of the original French Impressionists painted, this artist’s work brings with it an authenticity gained through the intimate knowledge of the unique landscapes and seascapes of the French Riviera and Provence. 

Most works from Collymore’s last 6 annual solo exhibits in Seattle have found homes with collectors, and her workshops and classes – including chateau-based workshops in France – during the last 3 years usually sell out. 

Cost: $35 for TAM Members, $50 general public

Tickets Here

Star Wars at TAM

Thursday December 12, 2019, 6 pm

Star Wars™ designer, Colin Cantwell, was the original concept artist and modeler for all things that flew in the first Star Wars™ movie, Star Wars Episode IV – A New Hope™. His designs include the X-Wing™, TIE Fighter™, Death Star™, Star Destroyer™, original Millennium Falcon™, Y-Wing™ and others. Developing the process of ‘kitbashing’, Cantwell revolutionized the modeling industry for cinema by tearing apart model kits of cars, boats and planes and re-constructing the pieces into objects.

We are thrilled to present Colin Cantwell and his partner Sierra Dall in conversation at Tacoma Art Museum for the first time – just before the December release of Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi™. Are you in need that perfect holiday gift? Cantwell will sign copies of his Star Wars™ spaceship concept art after the presentation.

Cost: Free for Members, $10 general public
Tickets Here

First Night The Tree of Life

Tuesday, December 31
Tickets go on sale Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at 11 am

The Tree of Life represents new beginnings, nature, harmony, and the connections of a community. Join us in downtown Tacoma on New Years’ Eve as we celebrate what these virtues represent in the south sound – with the traditional world’s shortest parade, artistic performances across several stages, interactive family activities, a special Kid’s Countdown at 9 p.m., and a night market featuring local holiday goods. Fire pits and a food court will keep everyone warm and well fed until the countdown to midnight.

First night is an alcohol-free, family friendly New Year’s Eve event.

TAM will be open until 8 pm. This the final day to see Bart at TAM: Animating America’s Favorite Family. Free admission to First Night button/ticket holders.

Tickets: 
Advance before Nov. 30: $10
Dec. 1-30: $14
Day of: $18
Kids 11 and under are FREE

Sponsored by The City of Tacoma and Puyallup Tribe

Museum Promotions and Store Sales

Small Business Saturday

Saturday, November 20

20% off storewide. Cannot be combined with any other discounts. Does not include consignment items.

Black Friday Sale 

Friday, November 29 
20% off storewide. Cannot be combined with any other discounts. Does not include consignment items.

Buy one Membership – Gift one for Free 

Friends, Friends & Family, and Pioneers – Memberships only.

Cannot be combined with any other membership promotions

Available only at the Admission desk

Museum Store Sunday

Sunday. December 1

30% off storewide. Free Robin Lehman paperweight with every purchase. Cannot be combined with any other discounts. Does not include consignment items.

Cyber Monday

Monday, December 2

20% off online store sales.

Holiday Haul Crawl

Saturday, December 14

15% off storewide and free Holiday Haul Crawl bag with purchase of $30 or more, discounts on selected Museum Café items. Cannot be combined with any other discounts. Does not include consignment items Free bags while supplies last. 
20% off Supporting Level Memberships

Cannot be combined with any other membership promotions.

Available only at the Admission desk

Ongoing Programs

Studio and Storytime

Second Saturday of every month, 11 am – 2 pm

Tacoma Art Museum hosts a variety of fun experiences especially for children ages 2–8 and their families. Try out a new art style in TAM Studio with an activity led by TAM staff. Hear a story in the galleries and explore related works of art. It’s fun for the whole family!

Cost: TAM Studio activity is free; Storytime in the galleries is free with admission.

Paint to Learn

First Thursday of every month, 6 pm

Paint to Learn is an initiative to increase math readiness skills of young children. Children and caregivers paint canvases together with a focus on early math learning. The painting curriculum uses shapes, numbers, size, measurement, and patterns as guiding principles to increase knowledge of child development, while simultaneously helping young learners gain the skills needed to be Kindergarten-ready in math. Designed for families with children 2-6 years old, come Paint to Learn in your community!

Cost: Free 

Neighborhood Nights

Every Thursday, 5 – 8 pm

There is always something fun to do at TAM! Stop in for performances, artist demonstrations, and more every week. Head upstairs to see TAM Local Community Art installations. Go to TAM Studio or Drawing Jam to create your own work of art. Enjoy happy hour specials in TAM Cafe from 4–7 pm.

Cost: Free

O.P.E.N. for Teens

Every Third Thursday, 6 – 8 pm

Join Tacoma Art Museum’s Teen Art Council for O.P.E.N., a free night of Film, Open mic, and Art-Making just for teens!

Cost: Free 

Public Tours

Thursdays, 6 pm and Saturdays, 2 pm

Join a TAM docent for a guided tour of the Best of TAM! Learn more about the Museum’s relationship and role in the Tacoma community and check out our latest exhibitions. Tours last approximately 45 minutes, no RSVP required. Meet at the front desk in the main lobby.

Cost: Free

Dance Classes

Second Thursday of every month, 6:30 -7:30 pm

Kara O’Toole, along with her contemporary dance students from T.U.P.A.C., will guide participants through modern dance phrases and relate movement expression to works of art on view at TAM. Plan to stay for the whole hour and wear comfortable clothes and shoes/socks you can move in. All ages and experience levels are welcome. Children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by a participating parent or guardian.

Cost: Free 

Girl Scout Badge Programs 

Looking for something fun to do with your Girl Scout troop? Tacoma Art Museum offers badge programs for Brownies and Juniors! Book a badge program for your troop, or get together with another troop to make some new friends. Available for booking on weekends and Thursday evenings.

Cost: $20 per Scout

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