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Stories in Art (Ages 4–7)

Stories in Art introduces children (ages 4 to 7) to artists through careful looking, storytelling, and hands-on experimentation. 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. Each program is approximately 60 minutes.

The summer series is presented in a four-year cycle—Explore Italy, Discover Dutch Art, Tour de France, and American Adventure—where each topic highlights a different part of the West Building permanent collection. The winter series investigates modern art in the East Building.

These free drop-in programs are designed for individual families, and we cannot accommodate groups. Space is limited. There is no advance registration; participation is on a first-come, first-served basis. As a courtesy to the group, we will only accept sign-in for children in the age ranges listed.

Due to the East Building renovation, the winter series will not be offered. The summer series, Discover Dutch Art, will take place July 11 through August 3, 2015. Please check back in March 2015 for a complete list of program topics and dates.

Multiple-Visit Program

The Gallery offers a series of programs—Art Investigators (ages 4-7) and Artful Conversations (ages 8-11)—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.

Stories in Art and Artful Conversations are organized into a summer series (four consecutive weeks in July and August) and winter series (monthly programs from January through March). Over the course of eight years, a child has the opportunity to participate in seven programs a year, for a total of 56 different topics. 

Teen Programs

Explore workshops designed for students in grades 7 through 12.


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