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Art Start!

Art Start invites parents, grandparents, and caregivers and their toddler through preschool aged child to learn in a museum. The program includes age-appropriate stories, gallery play activities, and a make and take art project. 

  • Age appropriate stories are intended to connect the child and caregiver to a piece of art in the museum through storytelling.
  • Gallery play activities will help engage children with the act of visiting a museum, seeing and interacting with a piece of artwork, new vocabulary and develop new observational skills.
  • A make and take art project will connect in some way with the story or artwork. These projects will not be product driven but exploratory (as many of the students might not have tried the mediums that we will provide).

This program will take place on the third Thursday of each month at 10:30 a.m. and is approximately one hour long. 

January 18, 2018

Book: I Am Marc Chagall by Bimba Landman

Gallery Connection: The Lovers by Marc Chagall

Students will listen to I Am Marc Chagall in front of The Lovers by Marc Chagall. After the story students will play an observational game focusing on storytelling, shapes, and how colors make us feel. Then students will go to the atrium for a project where they will explore oil pastels on black paper.

February 15, 2018

Book: The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

Gallery Connection: Becoming John Marin: Modernist at Work

Students will listen to The Snowy Day in the Becoming John Marin exhibition. After the story students will play an observation game with the Marin works connecting The Snowy Day to the drawings of New York City. Then students will go to the atrium and explore using pencils, colored pencils, and water color pencils to make their own drawings.

March 15, 2018

Book: Diego Bigger Than Life by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand, Illustrated by David Diaz

Gallery Connection: Dos Mujeres by Diego Rivera

Students will listen to Diego Bigger Than Life in front of Dos Mujeres by Diego Rivera. After the story students will play a few observational games focusing on shapes, color, and how an artist sees. Then students will go to the atrium for a stamping activity were they will create real life objects using only geometric shapes.

April 19, 2018

Book: The Magical Garden of Claude Monet by Laurence Anholt

Gallery Connection: Effects of the Sun Setting on the Seine at Port-Villez by Claude Monet

Students will listen to The Magical Carden of Claude Monet in front of Effects of the Sun Setting on the Seine at Port-Villez by Claude Monet. After the story they will be asked a series of observational questions about the painting. Then they will then be taken into the atrium for a watercolor painting project.

Hours: Tues - Sat 10 AM - 5 PM | Sun 11 AM - 5 PM      Address: 9th & Commerce / MacArthur Park, P.O. Box 2137, Little Rock, Arkansas 72203-2137      Phone: 501.372.4000

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