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. Registration closes the 12 hours before the event.

Art Around You: Exploring Contemporary Art in the Community 


The Children’s Discovery Museum has been awarded The Mirza Arts and Culture grant from the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation, Inc. (IPCF) which helps fund this program. 
Tour University Galleries LIVE virtually from the Museum! Each child will be required to wear a mask ,will receive a set of sanitized materials to create their own work of art. Each date there are two sections of the same program. 
Please fill out our Child Information Form (PDF) and our COVID-19 Waiver Form(PDF)

Age: 7-10 years old
Dates: October 10 and November 14
Times: 9:00am-Noon and 1:30-4:30pm
Cost: Free with pre-registration

Family Paint Nights

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

These programs are designed for a child and a caregiver to attend and enjoy making something together.

Join us for a fun opportunity to create and paint together as a family! Each family ticket (1 adult & 1 child) includes 2 canvases that you will keep, any art making supplies needed for the activity, and guided instruction every step of the way. No prior painting experience is required!Please fill out our COVID-19 Waiver Form(PDF)

Ages: Children in K-5 grade and an adult
Time: 6 – 8 p.m.
Cost: $35 Members / Museums for All
          $40 Non-Members
October 8: Bob Ross Paint Party: Let’s follow along with artist and entertainer, Bob Ross and create some “happy little trees” together! You are encouraged to dress up like Bob Ross!

November 5: Half & Half Paint Night: Every adult and child will get their own canvas to paint, but when displayed side by side the 2 canvases will create one work of art! 

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!