April Vacation

Great Migrations

April 19-22, 2016, 8:30-3:30

Great Migrations is a science and art vacation program at Maritime Gloucester and Art Haven.  The program is four days (Tuesday – Friday) and includes a variety of activities in Maritime Gloucester's classroom, microscope laboratory, wet lab, maritime campus, museum, and Art Haven's studio and gallery.  Students may enroll for a single day or for the entire four days.  The Maritime Gloucester - Art Haven Program is for Grades 1-5.

  • A minimum of 8 students is required to run each program.  A maximum of 15 students will be accepted for each program.
  • Early registration is encouraged to ensure the programs will run; students may register up to two days before a given day's program.


Program Description:  Students will follow the daily themes at Maritime Gloucester and Art Haven as described below.  The program includes in-depth hands-on and outdoor learning in the Maritime Gloucester marine science laboratory and working waterfront along with field excursions to different habitats around Cape Ann.  Indoor aquariums and exhibits at Maritime Gloucester will provide additional opportunities for exploring life and migrating creatures.


Goal of the Week at Maritime Gloucester:  Students will explore, identify, and describe what creatures migrate, why creatures migrate, and adaptations of these creatures that allow migrations. 

Goal of the Week at Art Haven:  Students will explore the concept of leaving and returning to a particular place/art project.  All students will work on large, individual canvases with the only requirement being that the subject be representative of the oceans. Please note: For those participants not enrolling for the entire week, the work on the canvas can be curtailed for their participation and they can take the canvas home to complete the work there 

Daily Themes:

Tuesday – Oceans of the World

  • While all the oceans are connected and represent the greatest and most diverse habitat on earth, the different oceans of the world contain unique features and creatures.  Explore how our oceans are connected and how a diversity of creatures live and migrate to different parts of the ocean.  From the deep and dark abyss to our local rocky tidepools, creatures have adapted to different conditions in the ocean.
  • While it may seem that it’s all water, the colors of the ocean change.  Participants will be shown photos of the ocean taken here on Cape Ann and worldwide.  They will be asked to mix a variety of shades of several colors in order to arrive at a base of their own for the large canvas.  Participants will also take part in an artistic exploration of water.  Yes, water.  We will create an “ocean in a bottle.”

Wednesday – Birds of Cape Ann & Beyond

  • Did you know that sea gulls are really just gulls?  A bird-watching (birder) friend told me that before, which led me to investigate why?  Well, one reason is that some gulls migrate away from the sea (ocean), so how can a sea gull be a sea gull on a lake or on a farm?  And – have you ever seen ducks diving in the harbor in the winter and spring?  Then the ducks are gone in the summer, replaced by herons and egrets.  We will explore the harbor to observe different birds and learn how to identify a variety of birds.
  • Participants will be working on the second step of their canvas, which involves painting birds on their canvas, with the help of an art instructor should they request it.  They will learn how to paint birds to show distance between objects.  They can also work on either printmaking with feathers, after identifying bird species with using feathers, scratch foam printing and design.

Thursday – Whales

  • Whales migrate great distances, and we are lucky to have a productive feeding ground right offshore of Gloucester.  Explore the life of whales from around the world, observe adaptations of whales, and listen to whales communicate.  Did you know that some whales can communicate with each other even when they are 1000s of miles apart?!  Cool adaptation to live in our beautiful oceans.
  • We will be making miniature “whales” using clamshells.  Participants can choose from amongst a selection of locally gathered clamshells to design their own whales.  We will add features using recycled materials.  This will form the basis for the addition of whales to our canvas.  We will also be using musical instruments to approximate whale sounds.  Sound Harbor will be providing use of the instruments.

Friday – Big Fishes & Small Fishes

  • Tuna!  Wow!  Cod! Magnificent!  Eels!  What?!  Many fishes spend the year in Gloucester Harbor, but many more – both big and small – only visit Gloucester and the Gulf of Maine for a short time of the year.  Let’s learn about our resident fishes and our seasonal visitors.  We may even get to collect a few resident fishes and bring them back to the Maritime Gloucester aquarium for detailed observations.
  • Tin Foil Embossing!  Using this technique, participants will create different fish and maritime creatures.  Who can make the best haddock?  We will also be completing our weeklong canvases today.


  • Apr19

    Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, through Friday, April 22, 2016

    Register for the week : Members = $200/week or $55/day Non-Member = $225/week or $60/day

    Audience: Grade 1-5

    Great Migrations is an environmental and art vacation program at Maritime Gloucester and Art Haven.  The program is four days (Tuesday – Friday).  Students may enroll for a single day or for the entire four days.  The first half of the day (8:30-12:00) will be spent on the Maritime Gloucester campus, and the second half of the day (12:00-3:30) will be spent at Art Haven.  

    Register for the week