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.

Camp Kemper Summer 2016

Camp Kemper 2016: Storytellin' Summer! (Ages 6–8)

Repeats every week every Tuesday 3 times .
Tuesday, June 14, 2016, Tuesday, June 21, 2016, Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Register with drumley@kemperart.org

Ages 6–8

Session 1: June 14, 15, 16, 10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Session 2: June 21, 22, 23, 10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Session 3: June 28, 29, 30, 10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Come leap into a world full of adventure as you discover the many connections between art and literature while enjoying the art both inside and on the grounds of the Museum!  You will create stories inspired by the paintings, sculpture and ceramics that fill the galleries.  Collaborate with fellow campers to create marvelous visual stories.  Please select just one session per child.

Camp Kemper 2016: Storytellin' Summer! (Ages 9–12)

Repeats every week every Tuesday 3 times .
Tuesday, July 5, 2016, Tuesday, July 12, 2016, Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Register with drumley@kemperart.org

Ages 9–12

Session 1: July 5, 6, 7, 10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Session 2: July 12, 13, 14, 10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Session 3: July 19, 20, 21, 10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Come leap into a world full of adventure as you discover the many connections between art and literature while enjoying the art both inside and on the grounds of the Museum!  You will create stories inspired by the paintings, sculpture and ceramics that fill the galleries.  Collaborate with fellow campers to create marvelous visual stories.  Please select just one session per child.

ArtReach: Spring 2016

ArtReach: Session One

Saturday, February 20, 2016
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 | Ages 6–8 and 9–12 | Email drumley@kemperart.org or call 816-457-6136 to enroll

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 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.

Session One
Taking one last look at the exhibition Dark Days, Bright Nights: Contemporary Paintings from Finland, students will explore various approaches to painting and discover what it means to be a painter by trade.

ArtReach: Session Two

Saturday, March 5, 2016
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 | Ages 6–8 and 9–12 | Email drumley@kemperart.org or call 816-457-6136 to enroll

Focusing on the Elements of Art—color, form, line, shape, space, texture, and value—students will explore multiple galleries displaying works of art that embody these seven tools. They will then have the opportunity to create their own masterpiece using what they have learned.

ArtReach: Session Three

Saturday, March 19, 2016
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 | Ages 6–8 and 9–12 | Email drumley@kemperart.org or call 816-457-6136 to enroll

Through the use of abstraction, students will explore the many forms that make up the human body. They will experiment with a variety of material to achieve their own shapes and dimensions; each student will create a unique example of what a newfound creature could look like!

ArtReach: Session Four

Saturday, April 2, 2016
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 | Ages 6–8 and 9–12 | Email drumley@kemperart.org or call 816-457-6136 to enroll

Referencing the exciting and unexpected materials in the Museum's current exhibition, A Whisper of Where It Came From, students will create their own found-object sculpture with anything from buttons to chenille stems and everything in between!

ArtReach: Sesson Five

Saturday, April 23, 2016
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 | Ages 6–8 and 9–12 | Email drumley@kemperart.org or call 816-457-6136 to enroll

Inspired by work from the Permanent Collection, students will explore elements of design such as composition, size, and color. They will create their own work, big or small, bright or dark, that helps them understand the contemporary art of Kemper Museum!

ArtReach: Session Six

Saturday, April 30, 2016
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 | Ages 6–8 and 9–12 | Email drumley@kemperart.org or call 816-457-6136 to enroll

Inspired by the fantastical patterns and vibrant hues in Frank Stella’s works of art, students will explore their own power to bring together a hogde-podge of items to create a singular, unified theme.

ArtReach: Session Seven

Saturday, May 7, 2016
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 | Ages 6–8 and 9–12 | Email drumley@kemperart.org or call 816-457-6136 to enroll

Focusing on the works in exhibition Autumn Twilight, Dwelling Among Mountains, students will create their own immersive landscape artwork. Exploring different types of plants, times of day, and climates, students may find themselves creating anything from a tropical forest to a snowy tundra.

Programs in Conjunction with A Whisper of Where It Came From

Camp Kemper: Spring Break

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 to Thursday, March 17, 2016
Kemper Museum
10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Ages 7–9 | Space is limited. Register at drumley@kemperart.org.

Inspired by the exhibition A Whisper of Where It Came From, students will participate in a three-day ceramics-focused workshop where they will investigate the opportunities and challenges of taking a three-dimensional approach to art making. Space is limited. Register today at drumley@kemperart.org

Artist Workshop: Jiha Moon, "Mask"

Saturday, March 12, 2016
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
10:00 a.m.–noon
FREE | Ages 6-12 | Space is limited. Email drumley@kemperart.org to enroll

Artist, Jiha Moon, will lead a workshop inspired by her wall-hanging ceramic masks in A Whisper of Where It Came From. Moon will lead families in creating their very own mixed-media masks inspired by performance costumes from around the world. This is a family program that requires a parent or guardian remain and participate with each child.

Family Day: "A Whisper," Workshop and Performance by Coterie Theatre

Friday, July 8, 2016
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
1:00–3:30 p.m.
FREE | All ages | Registration required. Email drumley@kemperart.org to enroll

Inspired by A Whisper of Where It Came From, Coterie Theatre actors will present an interactive performance providing a new perspective on visual arts. Following the performance, a hands-on art workshop is open to all. This is a family program that requires a parent or guardian remain and participate with each child.

 

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.

Scavenger Saturday 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 the Current Exhibition, 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 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. This program is intended to supplement the Homeschooling curriculum. As a result, the final Spring session will take place in May and resume again in September.

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