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Art Investigators - Ages 4-7

Specific topics and dates listed below.

How do you investigate a work of art? This program helps children make careful observations, analyze artists’ choices, ask questions, and use their imagination while exploring works of art. Led by museum educators, each program includes reading a children’s book, exploring one work of art in the galleries, and completing a simple hands-on activity. Children will receive a notebook to accompany the program. Each program is approximately 60 minutes. See dates and topics below.

These free drop-in programs are designed for individual families on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no advance registration and space is limited, so please plan accordingly. We will only accept sign-in for children in the age range for which the program is tailored. Groups cannot be accommodated in the program.

Sign-in for the program will take place in the East Building Atrium, beginning at 10:00 a.m. on specific Fridays, Saturdays, and Mondays and at 11:00 a.m. on Sundays, and will continue until all spaces are filled. Each day we can accommodate a maximum of 100 children. Weekdays tend to be less crowded than weekends.

July 2017

Nature Abhors a Vacuum

Helen Frankenthaler, Nature Abhors a Vacuum, 1973, acrylic on canvas, Patrons' Permanent Fund and Gift of Audrey and David Mirvish, Toronto, Canada, 2004.129.1

Investigate: Helen Frankenthaler
Friday, July 7 at 10:30 and 12:00
Saturday, July 8 at 10:30 and 12:00
Sunday, July 9 at 11:30 and 1:00
Monday, July 10 at 10:30 and 12:00

Explore how Helen Frankenthaler’s abstract painting was inspired by landscapes. Then, make a painting without using brushes!

Jack-in-Pulpit Abstraction - No. 5

Georgia O'Keeffe, Jack-in-Pulpit Abstraction - No. 5, 1930, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Alfred Stieglitz Collection, Bequest of Georgia O'Keeffe, 1987.58.4

Investigate: Georgia O’Keeffe
Friday, July 14 At 10:30 and 12:00
Saturday, July 15 at 10:30 and 12:00
Sunday, July 16 at 11:30 and 1:00
Monday, July 17 at 10:30 and 12:00

See the natural world through Georgia O’Keeffe’s eyes and discover the beauty found in a flower and then create a pastel drawing inspired by flowers.

Improvisation 31 (Sea Battle), 1913

Wassily Kandinsky, Improvisation 31 (Sea Battle), 1913, oil on canvas, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund 1978.48.1

Investigate: Wassily Kandinsky
Friday, July 21 at 10:30 and 12:00
Saturday, July 22 at 10:30 and 12:00
Sunday, July 23 at 11:30 and 1:00
Monday, July 24 at 10:30 and 12:00

Learn how music inspired Wassily Kandinsky’s color-filled compositions and then create your own work of art while listening to music.

Relative, 1968

Sam Gilliam, Relative, 1968, acrylic on canvas, Anonymous Gift 1994.39.1

Investigate: Sam Gilliam
Friday, July 28 at 10:30 and 12:00
Saturday, July 29 at 10:30 and 12:00
Sunday, July 30 at 11:30 and 1:00
Monday, July 31 at 10:30 and 12:00

Discover Sam Gilliam’s unique approach to art-making and then paint a colorful canvas.

Images from past tours workshops. Click to enlarge.

Multiple-Visit Programs

The Gallery offers a series of programs designed to engage families across the developmental spectrum of their child.  Both programs aim to inspire curiosity and strengthen observation and thinking skills, which develop over time and through multiple encounters with works of art.  By slowing down and closely examining one work of art during each program session, families deepen their understanding of art.  The programs aim to provide models for families to explore art together on their own in the museum.


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