Kids & Families

A variety of free programming for children and families is offered throughout the year. The objective of the Kemper Museum educational programs is to engage children and adults in discussion about contemporary art and how it relates to their lives. Groups of ten or more may schedule free docent-led guided tours of the Kemper Museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions, to see more information visit the Museum's Tours page.

The Center is a Moving Target Programs

Drawing Through the Generations

Saturday, October 10, 2015
Kemper at the Crossroads
10:00 a.m.–noon
All ages | Drop-in | No registration required

Children, parents, and grandparents will create awe-inspiring drawings while focusing on intergenerational collaboration. This Family Day is facilitated by a local artist and will provide charcoal, pencils, and ink; families are encouraged to bring personal sketchbooks.

Visit the Upcoming Exhibitions page to learn more about the Kemper at the Crossroads' newest exhibition, The Center is a Moving Target.

ArtReach Fall 2015

ArtReach Session 1: What's That You Say?

Saturday, September 12, 2015
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Ages 6–8 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Ages 9–12 1:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Free | Registration required | Morning session is now full

As part of a collaborative project between the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and the Center for Child Health and Development at the University of Kansas Medical Center, the Museum offers six free workshops for children with and without developmental disabilities each semester.

The objective of ArtReach is to provide opportunities for self-expression and communication through the visual arts. Each hands-on workshop is designed for a particular age group and relates to specific works of art on view. Participants will learn how to work with different media and gain knowledge of elements of art while being introduced to a specific artist’s work and his or her inspiration. Students will create an original work of art based on the skills learned in the workshop.

What’s That You Say?
Students will take a last look at the work of Adam Cvijanovic in the exhibition, American Montage, by exploring self-reflection and the significance of time; they will then incorporate these concepts into their own work of art! Drawing from their personal life and even using a sound element, students will be engaged with the art on a whole new level!

Register now for the afternoon session.
A waiting list has been established for sessions that are full. Please fill out the form above if you would like to be placed on the list.

The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is grateful for ArtReach program support from the R.A. Long Foundation, as well as to the Miller Nichols Charitable Trust, the Francis Family Foundation, and the H&R Block Foundation for their support of the Kemper Museum’s Educational and Outreach programs.

ArtReach Session 2: Angles and Ridges Everywhere

Saturday, September 26, 2015
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Ages 6–8 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Ages 9–12 1:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Free | Registration required | Morning session now full

Angles and Ridges Everywhere
The art of Jules Olitski will be introduced as the angular approach of Eos the Titan is compared to the organic nature surrounding it. Students will then create their own angular sculptures using cardboard, acrylic paints, and quality markers.

Register now for the afternoon session.
A waiting list has been established for sessions that are full. Please fill out the form above if you would like to be placed on the list.

The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is grateful for ArtReach program support from the R.A. Long Foundation, as well as to the Miller Nichols Charitable Trust, the Francis Family Foundation, and the H&R Block Foundation for their support of the Kemper Museum’s Educational and Outreach programs.

ArtReach Session 3: Crisp Air, Waving Trees, Oh! A Cool Breeze!

Saturday, October 10, 2015
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Ages 6–8 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Ages 9–12 1:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Free | Registration required | Morning session is now full

Crisp Air, Waving Trees, Oh! A Cool Breeze!
The similarities and differences found among works of art in Autumn Twilight become instantly visible when discussing visual concepts such as light, color, and scale. Using season and time of day as major themes, each student will discover how to create atmosphere within their own work of art!

Register now for the afternoon session.
A waiting list has been established for sessions that are full. Please fill out the form above if you would like to be placed on the list.

The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is grateful for ArtReach program support from the R.A. Long Foundation, as well as to the Miller Nichols Charitable Trust, the Francis Family Foundation, and the H&R Block Foundation for their support of the Kemper Museum’s Educational and Outreach programs.

ArtReach Session 4: Masks of the Night!

Saturday, October 17, 2015
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Ages 6–8 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Ages 9–12 1:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Free | Registration required | Morning session is now full

Masks of the Night!
Why do people wear masks? Using both the artist Rauha Mäkilä, from the exhibition Dark Days, Bright Nights: Contemporary Paintings from Finland and Halloween as inspiration, the art of the mask will be explored! Students will use model magic and other materials to create a unique piece of art created to disguise, protect, amuse, or entertain an audience. This spooky (but fun) mask-making workshop will also focus on unconventional ways to create texture, patterns, and symbols.

Register now for the afternoon session.
A waiting list has been established for sessions that are full. Please fill out the form above if you would like to be placed on the list.

The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is grateful for ArtReach program support from the R.A. Long Foundation, as well as to the Miller Nichols Charitable Trust, the Francis Family Foundation, and the H&R Block Foundation for their support of the Kemper Museum’s Educational and Outreach programs.

ArtReach Session 5: Dark then Light!

Saturday, November 14, 2015
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Ages 6–8 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Ages 9–12 1:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Free | Registration required | Both sessions are now full

Dark then Light!
After discussing the art of Leena Nio from the exhibition, Dark Days, Bright Nights: Contemporary Paintings from Finland, students will have the opportunity to work collaboratively while focusing on highlights and shadows within art.

Session 5 is now full.
A waiting list has been established for sessions that are full. Please fill out the registration form if you would like to be placed on the list.

The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is grateful for ArtReach program support from the R.A. Long Foundation, as well as to the Miller Nichols Charitable Trust, the Francis Family Foundation, and the H&R Block Foundation for their support of the Kemper Museum’s Educational and Outreach programs.

ArtReach Session 6: Me, Myself, and I

Saturday, December 5, 2015
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Ages 6–8 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Ages 9–12 1:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Free | Registration required | Morning session now full

Me, Myself, and I
How Do You Want Me?, an exhibition that explores what it means to be you and how one’s self is seen in the eyes of others.  Students will create their own altered self-portrait collage using a photograph, pastels, and various papers.

Register now for the afternoon session.
A waiting list has been established for sessions that are full. Please fill out the form above if you would like to be placed on the list.

The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is grateful for ArtReach program support from the R.A. Long Foundation, as well as to the Miller Nichols Charitable Trust, the Francis Family Foundation, and the H&R Block Foundation for their support of the Kemper Museum’s Educational and Outreach programs.

Dark Days, Bright Nights Programs

Family Workshop: Mari Rantanen

Saturday, November 14, 2015
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
10:00 a.m.–noon
Free | Ages 6–12 | Drop-In, no registration necessary

Join Finnish artist, Mari Rantanen, as she leads a special two-hour workshop exploring bright hues and unique patterns inspired by her powerful works of art in Dark Days, Bright Nights: Contemporary Paintings from Finland.

Family Day: Taiteen Tekemisen (Art Making)

Saturday, December 12, 2015
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
1:00–3:00 p.m.
Free | All ages | Drop-in, no registration required

Children of all ages, led by a local working artist, will create their own works of art inspired by Dark Days, Bright Nights: Contemporary Paintings from Finland, using mediums such as paint sticks, clay, wire, and more!

Dino O’Dell: One World, Many Songs

Saturday, January 24, 2015
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
2:00–2:30 p.m.
Free | All ages | Drop-in, no registration required

Go on an adventure around the world. This geographical journey transports students to all seven continents and highlights details about each one. Through interactive music, stories, and images, Dino sings of the world’s longest river, tallest mountains, and largest desert while teaching the names and locations of the oceans and continents.

Scavenger Saturdays

Hone your art detective skills and discover something new about contemporary art at the Kemper Museum. The third Saturday of each month is Scavenger Saturdays for families. Children with adults may pick up a self-guided activity at the Visitor Services Desk and follow the clues on this “ART-astic” adventure. When finished with the activity, children may pick up a take-home, art-making activity kit. No reservations are required.

Scavenger Saturdays at the Kemper Museum are made possible with generous support from the R.A. Long Foundation.

Third Saturdays
10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
All ages
Free, no registration required

Art(full) Bag

The Art(full) Bag is filled with objects to support and create educational connections to the Museum's main gallery exhibition. As families view the works in Piece by Piece: Building a Collection, they are encouraged to use the hands-on materials for a deeper understanding of the exhibition and the beauty, intention, and meaning of the works of art on view. Look for the Art(full) Bag, available every day, just inside the main exhibition gallery.

Gallery Conversations

Join a Kemper Museum docent for a lively discussion and tour of the Museum’s current exhibitions. These tours serve as our only "drop in" opportunity to have a guided tour each week.

Saturdays
Kemper Museum
1:00–1:30 p.m.
Free, No Registration Required

 

Tots on Tuesday

Visit with a Museum educator and Kansas City librarian to participate in discussion, songs, stories, and art-making inspired by the works of art featured each month.

Third Tuesday of Each Month
Session 1—10:00–11:00 a.m.
Session 2—11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
We ask that families choose either Session 1 or Session 2
Ages 3–5
Drop-in, no registration required

 

Homeschool Museum Programs

Make the Kemper a part of your homeschool routine. Homeschool art programs like our monthly Homeschool Art Sampler and Fine Art First Friday are designed to serve co-op groups or individual families.

Fine Art Friday is the selected Homeschool Program for Fall 2015. Read more about Fine Art Friday below.

The themes of each program change from month to month and take place in the Museum's galleries, and are designed to be an interactive experience that encourages students to examine objects and ideas through observation, discussion and activities. Programs are drop-in with no registration required.

Fine Art Friday

Interactive experiences in the Museum’s galleries encourage students to examine objects and ideas through observation, discussion, and activities. Fine Art Friday also includes an interactive tour with an experienced Museum Docent. Program themes change monthly.

Second Fridays
1:00–2:30 p.m.
Ages 6–12
Free, no registration required