$115 USD per device. 4 programs, held weekly. Each interactive kid-friendly program is 60 mins, including time for talking and sharing ideas. Suitable for kids 6-12, no background required.

  • Wednesdays, June 9, 16, 23, 30 at 2:30 pm ET

Who are the heroes and heroines who live in the Louvre? This kid-friendly series tells the amazing stories of four mythological characters: Gilgamesh, Hercules, Isis, and Nike. Meet them “face to face” via works of art in one of the world’s greatest storybooks, the Louvre!  As kids hear their adventures, they’ll travel virtually to the Ancient Mediterranean, making stops in Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Greece. Led by an experienced family guide and teacher, this unique series is an interactive, fun invitation— to look, learn and be empowered!

Heroes and Heroines From the Louvre includes:

Program 1: Gilgamesh

Meet Gilgamesh, the quasi-mythical king from Mesopotamia (ancient Iraq) whose story is the world’s first epic poem. As we follow Gilgamesh’s quest for adventure, you’ll discover that finding joy in the journey is as true today as it was 4,000 years ago.

Your kids will:

  • Break a code to find out who our hero is.
  • Read the symbols of an ancient Assyrian sculpture.
  • Understand the difference between epic poems and just regular old stories.
  • Write your own epic (but short!) acrostic poem.

Program 2: Hercules

Put your Herculean strength to the test as we dive into the story of Ancient Greece’s most famous hero. Put yourselves in his shoes, and conquer your very own Ten Labors. We’ll see sculptures that depict Hercules from the Louvre, in order to understand how classical Greek sculpture changed the world of art forever.

Your kids will:

  • Understand how ancient Hercules differs from the hero we see in popular culture.
  • Figure out why Greek sculptors created their heroes without any clothes on.
  • Learn how capable you are, with your own heroic labors. Just like Hercules!

Program 3: Isis

Isis is perhaps the most famous of all Egyptian heroines. As a goddess, she played many roles: Queen and wife of Osiris, god of the underworld, and strong mother to Horus. Isis used her magic to protect mothers and children as a healer. We’ll hear her amazing story as we look closely at Isis in ancient art from the Louvre’s vast Egyptian collections. What can hieroglyphs and sculptures tell us about this Egyptian goddess? What roles did Isis play in the lives and imaginations of ancient Egyptians?

Your kids will:

  • Recognize Isis among her big (and complicated) family of Egyptian gods and goddesses.
  • Create your very own hero or heroine, in the Egyptian style.
  • Learn how ancient Egyptians prepared for the afterlife, with a little help from goddess and mother Isis.

Program 4: Nike of Samothrace

Long before Nike was a global brand, she was the ancient Greek goddess of victory. Her awesome powers made her a good luck charm to warriors before battle. As we hear Nike’s story, we’ll focus on the Louvre’s most celebrated ancient sculpture: the Winged Victory of Samothrace. We’ll use our imagination to understand how ancient Greeks would have seen Nike. How does art depicting her capture the immortal heroine’s speed, strength and power?

Your kids will:

  • Get face to face with one of the Louvre’s most famous works of art.
  • See how Greek sculpture became more and more lifelike.
  • Hear Nike’s story, and understand why this powerful female was chosen as an international brand.

Jessica Pinnock Garrett fell in love with Art History at age 18 and never looked back. After receiving her teaching certificate, with degrees in Art History and Italian Studies, she earned her MA in Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University, with an emphasis in architecture. She then used her degrees to originate an Advanced Placement Art History Program in Salt Lake City, Utah. The highlight of her program was taking high school students on tours to San Francisco and to New York City, sponsored by the Renaissance Society of America. Whether onsite or online, the classroom is her favorite place to be, and discussing art and history with enthusiasts of all ages has become her true passion. Jessica now lives in Paris with her husband and two young boys. 


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2nd Image:  Hercules Fighting Acheloos Transformed into a Snake by François Joseph Bosio. Photo: Juanedc, 2011.

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