Hiking & Drawing at Phillips Academy, Andover, MA

With Evan’s open-heart surgery cancelled, Kendra and I have suddenly found ourselves with a lot of unplanned free time this week. Her mom, Jane, flew up here to help take care of Addison and Kate while we were in the hospital, and is with us until January 4th. Having spent the last three weeks in a self-imposed quarantine to keep Evan from catching anything prior to surgery, we were all ready to spend some time out of the house. We also figured Addison needed a little moms time, since our attention has been heavily focused on Evan. So, we left the twins at home with our super-nanny-friend, Tina, and headed to my alma mater, Phillips Academy, for a day of hiking and drawing.

Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy, Andover

Outside the Addison Gallery of American Art!

Our first stop was the Addison Gallery of American Art. (No, Addie is not named after the gallery – though she loves visiting because she has the same name.) Addie and I love to go to the Addison to check out the latest exhibits, sketch, and read art books. Jane has never been and was excited to check out the gallery. She and Kendra wandered through the exhibits while Addie and I searched for inspiration. We started by exploring the Lorna Simpson exhibit on the second floor. Addie dug Players, a combination of 19 digital photographs and 19 aluminum boxes. She was delighted to figure out how the boxes connected to the photographs.

Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy, Andover

Addie checking out the work “Players,” by Lorna Simpson

Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy, Andover

This was Addie’s favorite photograph from “Players.”

Eventually we wandered down to the first floor, where we bumped into my friend Jamie, the Addison’s Education Associate and Museum Learning Specialist. Unfortunately, we didn’t have much time to catch up, because Addie wanted to keep exploring. I followed her through each room on the first floor, but Addie wasn’t finding inspiration, so we headed to the basement which is filled with 22 model ships. Addie was intrigued and after making me take a picture of her favorite ship, she sat on a stool and began to draw. I sat on the floor next to her, sketching in the moments she wasn’t asking me to hand her a different colored pencil.

Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy, Andover

Addie’s favorite model ship at the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy, Andover, MA

Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy, Andover

Inspired by the model ships, Addie sketched!

Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy, Andover

One of Addie’s drawings. This is a boathouse on the water, with a cloudy sky.

Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy, Andover

My sketch.

A half an hour passed, and we decided to head back up to the first floor. We found Jane and Kendra, and they told us about a painting with chickens, so we set off to find it! (Addison loves chickens… and farm animals in general.)

Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy, Andover

We found the chickens!

Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy, Andover

Addie loved this Jackson Pollock.

We also found a cool Jackson Pollock. I asked Addie how she thought he made the painting. She giggled and motioned the flicking of a paintbrush. I was impressed. Even more impressed when we headed to the art library within the gallery, and we found a kids book about Jackson Pollock!

While we waited for Kendra and Jane to finish exploring the museum, Addie and I read a ton of art books. It was awesome. The Museum Learning Center is probably one of my favorite places on campus. It’s bright and filled with comfy chairs that overlook a green rooftop filled with Chihuly sculptures. If I could bring my lattes, it would totally be my go-to spot for writing!

Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy, Andover

Addie picking out ALL the books!

Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy, Andover

Mama and Addie reading lots and lots and lots of art books for kids.

After we’d had our fill of art, we headed into downtown Andover for a quick lunch at LaRosa’s, then grabbed lattes at Starbucks and headed back to campus for a walk through the Cochran Sanctuary. When I was a student, I loved running the trails here. It was neat to introduce Addison, Kendra and Jane to one of the treasures of my teenage years.

Cochran Sanctuary at Phillips Academy, Andover, MALocation: Cochran Sanctuary, Phillips Academy, MA
Date: December 30, 2014
Distance: .95 miles roundtrip
Elevation Gain: 121 feet
Our Hiking Time: 38 minutes round trip
Trail Blaze: None
Difficulty: Easy
Trail Map

Because it was so cold today, we only did a short loop. Jane was impressed with the rhododendron and hemlocks. She had a lot of questions that, as the product of the inner-city I couldn’t answer, but I did my best. The sun was sinking low in the sky, which made for beautiful light against the bright blue sky. It was a great way to end our day at Phillips Academy.

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Admission

Both the museum and sanctuary are free and open to the public.

Museum Hours

Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Sunday, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays, national holidays, December 24, and the month of August.

Sanctuary Hours

The Cochran Sanctuary is open daily from 6am to 6pm.

Directions & Parking

The museum is located at 3 Chapel Avenue in Andover, MA. Parking is available along Chapel Ave., as well as on nearby Bartlett Street. The sanctuary is located on Chapel Avenue as well – at the end between Nathan Hale and Fuess houses. Parking is available on Chapel Avenue.

From Rt. 93N: Take exit 41, turn right onto Rt. 125, go 2 miles. Turn right onto Rt. 28 north, go about 3 miles and turn right onto Chapel Avenue.

From Rt. 495 N: Take exit 41A “Andover” and proceed south on Rt. 28 through the town of Andover. In approximately one mile, turn left onto Chapel Avenue.

From Rt. 495 S:  Take exit 41 “Andover/Lawrence,” go right at end of ramp, and proceed south on Rt. 28 through the town of Andover. In approximately one mile, turn left onto Chapel Avenue.

The museum is the first building on the right. To reach the sanctuary, continue to the end of Chapel Avenue. You will see the stone gates to the sanctuary on your right between Nathan Hale and Fuess houses.

About Jen

Outdoor adventurer and traveler. Writer, Photographer & Communications Professor. Wife. Mom of twins plus one. Tubbs Snowshoes Ambassador. Blogger at gayfamilytrips.com.

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One Response to Hiking & Drawing at Phillips Academy, Andover, MA

  1. Betty Jane Crandall January 5, 2015 at 9:17 am #

    Thank you so very much for my tour of the Addison Art Museum and the easy hike. How I would love to do this, and thanks to you, I could do it vicariously. I think that is the right word. You have touched me. I have grown. love to each one of you wonderful Bauers…Betty Jane

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