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 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 the Kemper Museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions, to see more information visit the Museum's Tours page.

Programs in Conjunction with Siah Armajani: Bridge Builder

Family Day: Annual Open Studio inspired by Siah Armajani: Bridge Builder

Saturday, December 17, 2016
Kemper Museum
1:00–3:00 p.m.
FREE | All ages | No registration required

The artworks in Siah Armajani: Bridge Builder all feature the same subject—bridges. However, the artworks are very different. They are two-dimensional and three-dimensional. They feature mixed media collage, colored pencil, balsa wood, and text. Come discover ways you can explore one subject in art with a variety of materials and think about what bridges mean to you: how do they connect people? How do they help you travel? Why are they important for a city, community, or country? Do bridges always have to be tangible?

Saturday, December 17, 2016
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
1:00-3:00 p.m.
FREE | All ages 
No registration required

StoneLion Puppet Theatre: Stellaluna

Sunday, October 2, 2016
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
2:00–3:00 p.m.
FREE | All ages | No registration required

StoneLion Puppet Theatre: Stellaluna

This show by StoneLion Puppet Theatre is not just for the birds. We are talking Stellaluna. An amazing high flying adventure. Crash! The little bat Stellaluna is separated from her mother during a night of foraging and lands in a nest full of birds. Mama bird happily adopts her, but Stellaluna just can't change her "batty" ways. A great tale of acceptance adapted from the book by Janell Cannon.

Sunday, October 2, 2016
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
2:00-3:00 p.m.
FREE | All ages  
No registration required

ArtReach: Fall 2016

ArtReach: Session One (FULL, Max capacity ages 6-8) (Ages 9-11 still open)

Saturday, September 24, 2016
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Ages 6–8 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Ages 9–12 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
FREE | Ages 6–8 and 9–12 | Email reservations@kemperart.org to enroll (FULL, Max capacity ages 6-8) (Ages 9-11 still open)

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
(FULL, Max capacity ages 6-8) (Ages 9-11 still open)

Sometimes art is realistic, sometimes art is abstract, and sometimes it’s both. In our first ArtReach session, students will learn how various artists mix realistic and abstract elements in their work and explore the two techniques on their own.

ArtReach: Session Two

Saturday, October 1, 2016
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Ages 6–8 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Ages 9–12 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
FREE | Ages 6–8 and 9–12 | Email reservations@kemperart.org

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 Two

After studying the work of Siah Armajani, students will compose a short story or play inspired by the artist’s colored pencil drawings. They will then build props and create wearable art for the characters in their stories and hold a performance in front of the inspiration artwork.

ArtReach: Session Three

Saturday, October 15, 2016
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Ages 9–12 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
FREE | Ages 6-8 and 9–12 | Email reservations@kemperart.org

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 Three

Using a variety of conventional and unconventional building materials, students will experiment creating their own bridge sculptures in the style of Siah Armajani. After crafting their models, they will test the strength of their sculptures.

ArtReach: Session Four

Saturday, October 22, 2016
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Ages 6–8 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Ages 9–12 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
FREE | Ages 6–8 and 9–12 | Email reservations@kemperart.org

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 Four

Students will explore shape and form in 2D and 3D artworks featured in the exhibition Deconstructing Robert Mangold. After discussing the differences between the artworks, students will experiment with making their own flat, low relief, or sculptural works.

ArtReach: Sesson Five (FULL, Max capacity ages 6-8) (Ages 9-11 still open)

Saturday, November 5, 2016
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Ages 6–8 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Ages 9–12 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
FREE | Ages 6–8 and 9–12 | Email reservations@kemperart.org (FULL, Max capacity ages 6-8) (Ages 9-11 still open)

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 Five
(FULL, Max capacity ages 6-8) (Ages 9-11 still open)

Art and math have their differences, but they can work together more often than we might think! For this ArtReach session, students will look at artworks that feature geometric shapes, grids, and repeated patterns. They will then use rulers, compasses, and protractors to create their own mathematic-inspired artworks.

ArtReach: Session Six (FULL, Max capacity ages 6-8) (Ages 9-11 still open)

Saturday, November 19, 2016
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Ages 6–8 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Ages 9–12 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
FREE | Ages 6–8 and 9–12 | Email reservations@kemperart.org (FULL, Max capacity ages 6-8) (Ages 9-11 still open)

Session Six
(FULL, Max capacity ages 6-8) (Ages 9-11 still open)

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.

Inspired by the work of José Lerma featured at both the Kemper Museum and Country Club Plaza, students will design a clay tile that is reflective of the patterns, colors, images, and icons of their hometowns.

ArtReach: Session Seven (FULL, Max capacity ages 6-8) (Ages 9-11 still open)

Saturday, December 3, 2016
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Ages 6–8 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Ages 9–12 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
FREE | Ages 6–8 and 9–12 | Email reservations@kemperart.org (FULL, Max capacity ages 6-8) (Ages 9-11 still open)

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 Seven
(FULL, Max capacity ages 6-8) (Ages 9-11 still open)

Drawing inspiration from Robert Indiana and Roy Lichtenstein, students will explore the use of color, symbols, shapes, and scale to create a Pop Art inspired work. Various printmaking techniques will be explored.

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
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, Siah Armajani: Bridge Builder. 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.

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 | 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

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 2016. 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 explore art through observation, discussion, and activities. Fine Art Friday also includes a tour with an experienced Museum Docent. Program themes change monthly. This program is intended to supplement the Homeschooling curriculum. 

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