Kids & Families

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

Programs in Conjunction with Women to Watch: Metals

Teen Workshop: Drawing Your Identity with Metal

Saturday, September 30, 2017
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
1:00–3:00 p.m.
FREE | Ages 13-18 | Space is limited to 15. Register at reservations@kemperart.org

Artist Cheryl Eve Acosta leads teens in a workshop in which participants will explore their identity through wearable metal art pieces. Participants will experiment with alternative modes of adornment, discovering contemporary methods of wearing jewelry on the body. Acosta, a business owner herself, will also teach the teen artists about the art of entrepreneurship.

Space is limited to 15. Register at reservations@kemperart.org

ArtReach: Fall 2017

ArtReach: Session One (Ages 6–8 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.) (Ages 9–12 1:00–3:00 p.m.)

Saturday, September 23, 2017
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Ages 6–8 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Ages 9–12 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
FREE | Ages 6–8 and 9–12 | Email reservations@kemperart.org to enroll, registration will be limited to one workshop only per child.

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 free workshops that allow children with and without special needs to create art together. 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 art and inspiration. Students will create an original work of art based on the skills learned in the workshop. All materials provided!

Animated Art
Explore the connection between science and art in this special STEAM (Science/Technology/Engineering/Art/Math) ArtReach workshop! Students will discover the science behind how our eyes work while creating a piece of animation art inspired by artwork from the Museum’s Permanent Collection in the exhibition Stop/Motion.

Due to the popularity and high demand for ArtReach, and to be able to impact as many families as possible, registration will be limited to one workshop only per child.

ArtReach: Session Two (Ages 6–8 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.) (Ages 9–12 1:00–3:00 p.m.)

Saturday, October 14, 2017
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Ages 6–8 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m., Ages 9–12 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
FREE | Ages 6–8 and 9–12 | Email reservations@kemperart.org, registration will be limited to one workshop only per child.

Found Object Portraits
Art can be made out of anything! In this ArtReach workshop, students will explore and experiment with found objects and recycled materials to create a self-portrait inspired by The Outwin: American Portraiture Today exhibition. 

Due to the popularity and high demand for ArtReach, and to be able to impact as many families as possible, registration will be limited to one workshop only per child.

ArtReach: Session Three (Ages 6–8 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.) (Ages 9–12 1:00–3:00 p.m.)

Saturday, October 28, 2017
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Ages 6–8 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m., Ages 9–12 1:00–3:00 p.m.
FREE | Ages 6-8 and 9–12 | Email reservations@kemperart.org, registration will be limited to one workshop only per child.

Symbolic Art   

In her installation, the artist Firelei Baez incorporated hidden symbols from Africa, the Caribbean, and Kansas City to create a piece of art about America’s complex history. In this ArtReach workshop, participants will learn about, explore, and use symbols to create a mixed media piece of art that explores the relationship between Kansas City and other parts of the world.

Due to the popularity and high demand for ArtReach, and to be able to impact as many families as possible, registration will be limited to one workshop only per child.

ArtReach: Session Four (Ages 6–8 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.) (Ages 9–12 1:00–3:00 p.m.)

Sunday, November 5, 2017
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Ages 6–8 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m., Ages 9–12 1:00–3:00 p.m.
FREE | Ages 6–8, Ages 9–12 | Email reservations@kemperart.org, registration will be limited to one workshop only per child.

Animal Portraits
Like people, animals also have varied personality traits and characteristics.  After discussing the theme of identity in The Outwin 2016: American Portraiture Today exhibition, workshop participants will explore their own identities to determine and artistically portray themselves as their spirit animal. 

Due to the popularity and high demand for ArtReach, and to be able to impact as many families as possible, registration will be limited to one workshop only per child.

ArtReach: Session Five (Ages 6–8 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.) (Ages 9–12 1:00–3:00 p.m.)

Sunday, November 12, 2017
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Ages 6–8 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m., Ages 9–12 1:00–3:00 p.m.
FREE | Ages 6–8 and 9–12 | Email reservations@kemperart.org, registration will be limited to one workshop only per child.

Installation Art
An installation is a large-scale or immersive work of art.  The Kemper Museum currently has two art installations on display! After exploring these artworks by Firelei Baez and Angelica Sandoval, students will work together to create a mixed media installation piece that has the power to transform a space into an experience. 

Due to the popularity and high demand for ArtReach, and to be able to impact as many families as possible, registration will be limited to one workshop only per child.

ArtReach: Session Six (Ages 6–8 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.) (Ages 9–12 1:00–3:00 p.m.)

Saturday, December 2, 2017
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Ages 6–8 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m., Ages 9–12 1:00–3:00 p.m.
FREE | Ages 6–8 and 9–12 | Email reservations@kemperart.org, registration will be limited to one workshop only per child.

Abstract Portraits 
In this ArtReach workshop, participants will become abstract artists! After viewing The Outwin: American Portraiture Today exhibition as inspiration for discussion, young artists will explore how to abstract their facial features to create a unique mixed media self-portrait full of bright colors, assorted textures, and different patterns!

Due to the popularity and high demand for ArtReach, and to be able to impact as many families as possible, registration will be limited to one workshop only per child.

  

Programs in Conjunction with The Outwin: American Portraiture Today

Portrait Workshop: It’s All Relative (FULL)

Sunday, October 22, 2017
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
1:00–3:00 p.m
FREE | (FULL) Ages 6 and up, with 6–12 accompanied by an adult

Bring a family member or friend and participate in an intergenerational workshop to explore contemporary portraiture. Create a portrait of someone you know well.

School Tours

Preschool through university educators may schedule free school tours of the Kemper Museum. The objective of the Kemper Museum school tour program is to engage students in discussion about modern and contemporary art and how it relates to students’ education and lives. To learn more about tours and the Kemper Museum busing program, visit the TOURS page.

Download the Group Tour Registration Form.

Scavenger Saturday

Hone your art detective skills and discover something new about contemporary art at the Kemper Museum. The third Saturday of each month is Scavenger Saturday 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.

Third Saturdays of Each Month
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
FREE | All ages

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, Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today. As you view works in the featured exhibition, you are encouraged to use the hands-on materials to gain 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.

Drop-In Gallery Tours

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 of Contemporary Art
1:00–2:00 p.m.
FREE | All ages
No Registration Required

TOTs on Tuesday

Sing songs, read books, explore art, and make your own art with a Kemper museum educator and Kansas City librarian. A different work of art will be featured each month.

Third Tuesday of Each Month
Kemper Museum 
of Contemporary Art
10:30-11:30 a.m.
FREE | Ages 3–5

No registration required

Fine Art Friday

Join a Kemper Museum educator and docent for interactive experiences in the Museum’s galleries that encourage students to explore art through observation, discussion, and activities. Fine Art Friday’s activities change monthly and are inspired by artwork in the Museum’s current exhibitions. This program is intended to supplement the Homeschooling curriculum.

During the months of June and July there is no Fine Art Friday's. Fine Art Friday's will resume August 2017.

Second Fridays
1:00–2:30 p.m.
FREE | Ages 6–12
No registration required