For Kids & Families

Programming at the Kemper Museum offers educational opportunities for all ages to explore modern and contemporary art. Join us at the Museum experience the connections between art and life.

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 Nkame: A Retrospective of Cuban Printmaker Belkis Ayón

Drumming Workshop with Bird Fleming

Sunday, February 11, 2018
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
FREE | Ages 6 and up*

Join musician Bird Fleming at Kemper Museum for a dynamic intergenerational workshop! Using a hands-on approach, Fleming will teach participants the art of Cuban drumming.

RSVP on Eventbrite:
https://nkamedrumming.eventbrite.com

*Please note: Kemper Museum family programs require that children ages 6­–12 be accompanied by an adult

Creative Journaling Workshop

Sunday, February 18, 2018
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
1:00-3:00 p.m.
FREE | Ages 6 and up*

Curator Erin Dziedzic and Museum Educator Jessica Thompson-Lee lead a creative journaling workshop inspired by the artwork and art journals of Belkis Ayón. Explore an array of printmaking and collage techniques while learning how to document your creative process. Space is limited to 25

RSVP on Eventbrite:
https://nkamejournaling.eventbrite.com

*Please note: Kemper Museum family programs require that children ages 6­–12 be accompanied by an adult

Printmaking Workshop: Improvisational Collage

Sunday, March 25, 2018
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
FREE | Ages 6 and up*

Join Artist Laura Berman for an intergenerational printmaking workshop inspired by the artwork of Belkis Ayón! Participants will learn hands-on techniques of frottage and direct draw printmaking while also discovering textures and shapes to create mixed-media collages. No printmaking experience is needed, and all materials will be provided.

RSVP on Eventbrite:
https://nkameprintmaking.eventbrite.com

*Please note: Kemper Museum family programs require that children ages 6­–12 be accompanied by an adult

Music and Art at the Museum

Saturday, March 31, 2018
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Art Activity 1–3:00 p.m., Musical Performance 1:30-3:00 p.m.
FREE | All ages

Join us at Kemper Museum for another lively music and art experience! Explore printmaking and create artwork inspired by the Cuban artist Belkis Ayón while listening to the energetic KC Latin Jazz All-Stars perform songs that reflect the art and history of Salsa and Latin Jazz in Latin America and the United States.

RSVP on Eventbrite:
https://nkamemusic.eventbrite.com

ArtReach: Winter/Spring 2018

ArtReach Workshop: Session 1 – The Art of Collography

Saturday, February 24, 2018
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

The Cuban artist Belkis Ayón created uniquely textured artwork using the printmaking technique of collography in which different types of materials are collaged onto a piece of cardboard and then run through a press with paper. After exploring Ayón’s artwork, workshop participants will create their own collographs using a variety of textured materials such as sandpaper, fabric, foam, and string.

RSVP on Eventbrite for Ages 6–8:
https://nkameartreachsession1-6.eventbrite.com

RSVP on Eventbrite for Ages 9–12:
https://nkameartreachsession1-9.eventbrite.com

A collaborative project between Kemper Museum and the University of Kansas Medical Center, ArtReach workshops allow children with and without special needs to create art together. Each hands-on workshop is inspired by artwork on view in the Museum.

ArtReach Workshop: Session 2 –Exploration in Color

Saturday, March 10, 2018
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

This workshop is all about color! After exploring various artworks in the Kemper Museum and seeing how color is used as an expressive tool in art, participants will be challenged to create their own unique colorful masterpieces

RSVP on Eventbrite for Ages 6–8:
https://nkameartreachsession2-6.eventbrite.com

RSVP on Eventbrite for Ages 9–12:
https://nkameartreachsession2-9.eventbrite.com

A collaborative project between Kemper Museum and the University of Kansas Medical Center, ArtReach workshops allow children with and without special needs to create art together. Each hands-on workshop is inspired by artwork on view in the Museum.

ArtReach Workshop: Session 3 – Art Journaling

Saturday, April 7, 2018
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

The printmaker Belkis Ayón kept many art journals during her life. Using the artwork and life of Ayón as inspiration, participants will learn how to keep an art journal to document their creative process while also exploring collage, printmaking, and writing.  

RSVP on Eventbrite for Ages 6–8:
https://nkameartreachsession3-6.eventbrite.com

RSVP on Eventbrite for Ages 9–12:
https://nkameartreachsession3-9.eventbrite.com

A collaborative project between Kemper Museum and the University of Kansas Medical Center, ArtReach workshops allow children with and without special needs to create art together. Each hands-on workshop is inspired by artwork on view in the Museum.

ArtReach Workshop: Session 4 – Creative Play: Monoprinting

Saturday, April 28, 2018
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

All artists need to experiment, explore, and make mistakes! In this ArtReach workshop inspired by the artwork of Belkis Ayón, participants will experiment with the art of the monoprint or “printed painting.” This spontaneous technique will allow participants to explore layering, texture, and color, and to create unique one-of-a-kind pieces of art.

RSVP on Eventbrite for Ages 6–8:
https://nkameartreachsession4-6.eventbrite.com

RSVP on Eventbrite for Ages 9–12:
https://nkameartreachsession4-9.eventbrite.com

A collaborative project between Kemper Museum and the University of Kansas Medical Center, ArtReach workshops allow children with and without special needs to create art together. Each hands-on workshop is inspired by artwork on view in the Museum.

ArtReach Workshop: Session 5 – Create and Curate

Saturday, May 26, 2018
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

In this ArtReach workshop, participants will become museum curators! After exploring modern and contemporary artwork throughout Kemper Museum, and learning about how to select and display artwork in an exhibition, participants will create miniature pieces of art to display in their own miniature art exhibition!

RSVP on Eventbrite for Ages 6–8:
https://nkameartreachsession5-6.eventbrite.com

RSVP on Eventbrite for Ages 9–12:
https://nkameartreachsession5-9.eventbrite.com

A collaborative project between Kemper Museum and the University of Kansas Medical Center, ArtReach workshops allow children with and without special needs to create art together. Each hands-on workshop is inspired by artwork on view in the Museum.

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.

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

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. 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.

School Tours

Preschool through university educators may schedule free school tours of 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.

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