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FREE Art Start Program for Preschool Age Kids at the Wichita Art Museum

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 education@wichitaartmuseum.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 Spring 2022

April: Splish! Splash!
You and your kids can explore patterns together during the April showers!
May: It’s Picnic Season
What better weather for art with a picnic theme!

Art Start Goes to Camp Summer 2022

June: Putting on the Prints
Make your own prints after viewing some at WAM!
July: Scoot into Sculpture
Come experience rootin-tootin music and art!

Hot Art for Cool Kids Summer 2022

Older kids don’t have to miss out this summer!  Ages 6 to 12 can attend their own program! Hot Art will run for three continuous days, Tuesday through Thursday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Hot Art sessions are not free ($60 for each child), but need based scholarships are available.  Check out WAM’s Hot Art for Cool Kids page.

June: Hot Off the Press
See prints, and make prints!  
July: Bust a Move with Sculpture
Explore WAM’s sculpture collection and make your own 3-D art!

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