Art Studio

Art Around You

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Family Paint Nights

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Pre-registration is required. There will be no ticket sales at the door. This to maintain safety and program quality. Thank you for your understanding. 

Art Around You: Exploring Contemporary Art in the Community  

Join us for an in-person, hands-on art exploration experience!  As a class, take a live virtual tour of University Galleries led by their staff and then explore new art styles and media as you create your own artwork inspired by the tour. 

Registration closes 7 days in advance of program and will need a minimum of 5 students to run. All participants are required to wear a mask for the entirety of the program. Students will each have their own table and set of supplies- materials will not be shared with other program participants. A current Child Participation form and COVID-19 Waiver form are required for participation and can be printed, filled out and brought in or filled out upon arrival. 

Age: 7-10 years old

Cost: Free with pre-registration thanks to a grant from Illinois Prairie Community Foundation, Inc. (IPCF) 

Date  Time Exhibition 
Saturday, April 17 1-4 p.m. Ashley Jude Jonas 
Saturday, May 22 1-4 p.m. Student Animal 
Family Paint Night:
Join us for a fun opportunity to create and paint together as a family! Each family ticket (one adult & one child) includes two canvases that you will keep. All art supplies needed for the activity are provided and guided instruction is given. No prior painting experience is required!

All participants are required to wear a mask for the entirety of the program. Classes will be limited to 5 adult/student pairs in each group. Each program will need a minimum of 2 adult/student to run

Ages: Children in grades K-5 and adult
Cost: $35 Members / Museums for All
          $40 Non-Members
Cost Beginning June 1:
$36 Members / Museums for All
$41 Non-Members
Date Time  Theme 
April 13 6-8 p.m. Bob Ross Paint Party 
May 11 6-8 p.m. Wooden Stool Painting
June 10  6-8 p.m. Desert Sunset Cactus Canvas Painting 
July 8  6-8 p.m. Summer Firefly Jars Canvas Painting 
Aug. 12 6-8 p.m. Marshmallows Over a Campfire Canvas Painting 
Our Art Studio is a permanent exhibit, included in your trip to the Children’s Discovery Museum. The Art Studio follows a TAB (Teaching Artistic Behavior) model and offers 9 different art media centers that follow a fun and engaging theme! Each center has a hands-on, guided art project to create or interactive art activity- great for all ages and stages! The projects explore all types of art materials and subjects and include detailed, visual instructions to guide you each step of the way. The Art Studio center art projects and theme are changed monthly, so there is bound to be something new to explore each visit. Check out the Art Studio on the 3rd floor of the CDM near the elevator and see what you can create today!