PLEASE NOTE: Considering the continued COVID-19 concerns, all Art Start sessions will be limited to a max of 10 kids and only one parent or guardian should attend. In addition, masks will be required for all those not in strollers and WAM will be follow other special safety protocols such as social distancing and the use of hand sanitizer to ensure the safety of their guests. You can read all of the safety protocols on the enrollment page.
Here’s something fun, free, and educational for the younger set. Art Start is an hour-long interactive program for preschoolers ages 3–5 from the Wichita Art Museum. Each month, a new theme is presented that relates to the making and meaning of works of art in the museum’s collection. Preschoolers participate in visual arts activities that emphasize the State of Kansas early-learning skills standards and are centered on that month’s theme.
My children have all loved this program! During each class, an art topic is discussed (shapes, color, etc.). Then the children are shown a work of art in the museum that they discuss. Next, they listen to a story and an interactive song. The 1 hour session is completed with a craft that relates to that month’s theme.
Art Start is free for kids ages three to five years old and their adult chaperone; admission is $3 for children six and older.
Art Start for Families is held on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and again at 1:30 p.m. Reservations are required to participate in Art Start activities. You can register online or by calling (316) 268-4907. If you have any additional questions, you can email the program at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Groups can make reservations to attend Art Start on Thursdays at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Date: Tuesdays for families; Thursdays for groups (Preschools/Daycares)
Time: 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Location: Wichita Art Museum, 1400 West Museum Boulevard Wichita, KS 67203
Cost: Free for kids ages 3-5 and their adult chaperone; $3 for kids 6 and older
For more information, visit the Wichita Art Museum’s website and click on “Programs & Events.” To register, call (316) 268-4907 or register online.
NOTE: Themes and projects change every month. A child may be enrolled for a single class session, one per month. Please do not register your child for all listed dates.
Monthly Themes for Fall 2020
September: That’s Amore! A Venetian Vacation
Did you have travel plans that had to be canceled because of COVID-19? Come take an imaginary journey to Venice, Italy, as we enjoy a view of the Grande Canal, discover the city through the eyes of a cat, and make pasta art. Ciao baby!
October: Leaf Your Mark!
What is the best part about Fall? We think it is the changing, colorful leaves! We will do a leaf printmaking art project and learn about the art of printmaking alongside the Frances Gearhart: Color Block Prints in Wichita exhibition.
November: Family and You
Portraits are often of people we care about. Learn about the importance of family, no matter its size. You’re important too! So let’s make some self-portraits together.
Learn about the career of being an artist. Celebrate that we can all be artists. Make your own masterpiece that you can hang on your wall.
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