Family Programs

The museum galleries have reopened, yet to continue to meet safety precautions onsite programming will not occur until 2021. Online events such as performances, lectures, art programs, and more are occuring and details can be found at our virtual Museum at Home!

The Albany Institute is a place where people of all ages can learn and have fun. Our family programs provide enriching educational experiences about art and history in an atmosphere that is diverse, compelling, and entertaining. From weekend programs to family festivals, from school-vacation art programs to pre-school programming, the Albany Institute offers a wide variety of activities that will appeal to your family.

For programs that require a fee, payment is required at the time of registration.

For more information, or to register for a program, please contact our Director of Art Programs, Sarah Clowe at 518-463-4478, ext. 435, or

Sign up to join our family program email list to hear more about our children's programming: Family Program Email Sign Up

ONLINE ADULT ART WORKSHOP Paint & Learn: Sublime Ocean Waves

Adult: Friday, November 13 • 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Join us for a guided painting experience via Zoom while we take inspiration from the painting Frenchman's Bay, Mount Desert Island, Maine, by Thomas Cole currently on view in The Hudson River School: Landscape Paintings from the Albany Institute exhibition. Artist Noreen Powell will lead participants through the process of creating a seascape depicting cliffs and dramatic ocean waves. Participants may choose to use their own paints and canvas for a reduced ticket price or to purchase a workshop ticket which includes all necessary materials.  Space is limited and registration is required. 


New to Zoom?  Here are some resources to get started:

Download Zoom: Zoom

Watch a video tutorial: Zoom Tutorial

Meeting ID: The class meeting ID will be emailed prior to the start time

With Zoom we are able to see one another work on our paintings, and interact through talking, video of both the instructor and peers and a clear view of instruction such as color mixing.

If you are providing your own materials the suggested canvas size is 11"x14" and the suggested acrylic paint colors are Cadmium Yellow Light, Quinacridone Magenta, Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Siena, and Titanium White.

For further questions about this program you may email

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CHILDREN'S ZOOM ART WORKSHOP: Ancient Egyptian Jewelry & Symbolism

Friday, December 4, 3:30PM-5:00PM
$15 non-members; $10 members
Recommended ages 8 and above

Join us as we admire the jewelry and symbols from ancient Egypt including examples from the museum’s own ancient Egyptian displays. We’ll create our own versions of scarab heart amulets, and other wearables inspired by artifacts while using everyday household materials. This workshop fulfills many of the requirements for the Junior Jewelry Girl Scout badge.  A supply list will be provided with household materials to be used. Space is limited and registration is required. 

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