ArtReach

As part of a collaborative project between Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and the Center for Child Health and Development at the University of Kansas Medical Center, the Museum offers free art workshops for children on the autism spectrum and their family members. 

The objective of ArtReach is to provide opportunities for self-expression and communication through the visual arts. In a low-sensory environment, participants will learn how to work with different media and gain knowledge of elements of art while being introduced to a specific artist’s works and inspiration. 

Students will create an original work of art based on skills learned in the workshop. All children, as long as they are accompanied by an adult, are welcome and all materials are provided.

March 2: Power of Line

After exploring the exhibition Abstracted Wonders: the Power of Lines, workshop participants will learn about the importance of line in art and will create their own unique piece of dynamic line art!

Ages 6-8: 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Ages 9-12: 1:00–3:00 p.m.

FREE | Register at jthompson@kemperart.org or 816-457-6136

March 23: Pop Art

Starting in the 1950s, pop artists celebrated commonplace objects and people of everyday life and often chose subject matter from mass media and popular culture. In this ArtReach workshop, participants will explore the artwork of pop artists Roy Lichtenstein and James Rosenquist and will then create their own piece of pop art!

Ages 6-8: 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Ages 9-12: 1:00–3:00 p.m.

FREE | Register at jthompson@kemperart.org or 816-457-6136

April 6: Power of the Circle

In this dynamic ArtReach workshop, participants will learn about the importance and power of the circle in art! After exploring the concentric circles in both Polly Apfelbaum’s artwork and in the installation by Paul Henry Ramirez, participants will create three different pieces of art using circles while also experimenting with different materials such as polymer clay, wood, and found objects.

Ages 6-8: 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Ages 9-12: 1:00–3:00 p.m.

FREE | Register at jthompson@kemperart.org or 816-457-6136

May 4: Combine Art

Artist Robert Rauschenberg was known for his “combines” in which he created mixed media artworks by combining together non-traditional materials and objects. After exploring Wonder by Rauschenberg, workshop participants will create their own “combine” while also experimenting with a variety of art processes and materials.

Ages 6-8: 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Ages 9-12: 1:00–3:00 p.m.

FREE | Register at jthompson@kemperart.org or 816-457-6136

May 25: Spider Books

Louise Bourgeois was well-known for her large bronze spider sculptures, one of which we have displayed outside in front of Kemper Museum! After exploring this sculpture and reading the book about Bourgeois’ life, Cloth Lullaby, workshop participants will write and illustrate a book about a spider!

Ages 6-8: 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Ages 9-12: 1:00–3:00 p.m.

FREE | Register at jthompson@kemperart.org or 816-457-6136