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.

September 7: Fiber Art

Inspired by the art of Jason Pollen and other contemporary fiber artists, workshop participants will create their own piece of fiber 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

September 15: Garden Art

Inspired by the sculpture April Showers by local artist Emily Wilker, workshop participants will create their own colorful mixed media mini garden sculpture.

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

October 20: Costume Design

After exploring Hew Locke’s Souvenir series, workshop participants will create a costume using a variety of unique 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

November 23: Mistakes

Bob Ross was right, there are no mistakes just happy accidents! Join us at Kemper Museum for a workshop focused on exploration, experimentation, and learning how to turn your mistakes into opportunities. 

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

December 8: Zines

A zine is a self-published magazine and is all about self-expression and creativity. After exploring artwork by Megan Pobywajlo (who also makes zines) in the 2019 Charlotte Street Visual Artist Awards Exhibition workshop participants will create their own zine!

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

December 14: Hanging Collage Art

Inspired by the installation in Kemper Museum’s Atrium by Angelo Otero, workshop participants will create their own hanging collage using a variety of different materials such as paint skins, fabric, 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