Youth & Families

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

Fall 2018

Homeschool Art Day

Friday, September 28, 2018
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
FREE

The Nelson-Atkins Museum and Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art are joining forces for an amazing Homeschool Art Day! Drop-in to explore and create art inspired by the theme Myths, Legends, and Stories. All materials will be provided.

In Conjunction with Angela Dufresne: Making a Scene

Music and Art at the Museum: Masks

Saturday, October 27, 2018
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Musical Performance 1:30–2:30 p.m. | Art Activity 1:00–3:00 p.m.
FREE | All Ages

Experience the power of celebration! Create your own colorful mixed-mediamask inspired by the artwork of Angela Dufresne and Kathy Butterly, while the lively group Brasilcultura sings, dances, and tells global stories of festivity and diversity. All materials will be provided.

RSVP on Eventbrite: 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/music-and-art-at-the-museum-masks-tickets-4...

ArtReach: Fall 2018

ArtReach Session 3: Miniature Vessels

Saturday, September 29, 2018
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Ages 6–8: 10:30 a.m.–noon, Ages 9–12: 1:00–3:00 p.m.
FREE | Reservations required

Kemper Museum offers free workshops that allow children with and without special needs to create art together, in collaboration with the Center for Child Health and Development at the University of Kansas Medical Center. 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 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, then create an original work of art based on the skills learned in the workshop. All materials provided.

Session 3: Miniature Vessels
The artist Kathy Butterly creates miniature colorful ceramic vessels. After exploring Butterly’s delicate and detailed work, ArtReach workshop participants will experiment with creating their own unique tiny clay artworks!

RSVP on Eventbrite for Ages 6–8:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/artreach-session-3-miniature-vessels-ages-6...

RSVP on Eventbrite for Ages 9–12:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/artreach-session-3-miniature-vessels-ages-9...

ArtReach Session 4: Mixed Media Tapestries

Saturday, October 6, 2018
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Ages 6–8: 10:30 a.m.–noon, Ages 9–12: 1:00–3:00 p.m.
FREE | Reservations required

Kemper Museum offers free workshops that allow children with and without special needs to create art together, in collaboration with the Center for Child Health and Development at the University of Kansas Medical Center. 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 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, then create an original work of art based on the skills learned in the workshop. All materials provided.

Session 4: Mixed Media Tapestries
Artist Ebony G. Patterson creates mixed-media tapestries using materials such as photographs, beads, toys, plastic insects, shoes, and bright fabric. In this ArtReach workshop, participants will create their own mixed-media tapestry using instant photographs, found objects, and other unusual non-traditional art materials!

RSVP on Eventbrite for Ages 6–8:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/artreach-session-4-mixed-media-tapestries-a...

RSVP on Eventbrite for Ages 9–12:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/artreach-session-4-mixed-media-tapestries-a...

ArtReach Session 5: Biogeomorphic Abstract Sculpture

Saturday, December 1, 2018
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Ages 6–8: 10:30 a.m.–noon, Ages 9–12: 1:00–3:00 p.m.
FREE | Reservations required

Kemper Museum offers free workshops that allow children with and without special needs to create art together, in collaboration with the Center for Child Health and Development at the University of Kansas Medical Center. 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 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, then create an original work of art based on the skills learned in the workshop. All materials provided.

Session 5: Biogeomorphic Abstract Sculpture
Paul Henry Ramirez’s artwork is described as “biogeomporphic abstraction” to tell of the mix of biomorphic (organic) and geometric shapes in his artwork. After looking at Ramirez’s biogeomorphic art installation in Kemper Museum’s atrium, ArtReach workshop participants will reimagine his colorful and playful 2D designs as sculptures!

RSVP on Eventbrite for Ages 6–8:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/artreach-session-5-biogeomorphic-abstract-s...

RSVP on Eventbrite for Ages 9–12:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/artreach-session-5-biogeomorphic-abstract-s...

 

ArtReach Session 6: Blind Contour Drawing

Saturday, December 8, 2018
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Ages 6–8: 10:30 a.m.–noon, Ages 9–12: 1:00–3:00 p.m.
FREE | Reservations required

Kemper Museum offers free workshops that allow children with and without special needs to create art together, in collaboration with the Center for Child Health and Development at the University of Kansas Medical Center. 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 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, then create an original work of art based on the skills learned in the workshop. All materials provided.

Session 6: Blind Contour Drawing 
In this ArtReach workshop, participants will explore the art of  blind contour drawing! The artist Elizabeth “Grandma” Layton, a native Kansan, mastered this drawing technique through her many self-portraits. After learning about the art of Layton, workshop participants will create their own blind contour self-portraits!

RSVP on Eventbrite for Ages 6–8:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/artreach-session-6-blind-contour-drawing-ag...

RSVP on Eventbrite for Ages 9–12:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/artreach-session-6-blind-contour-drawing-ag...

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 a Homeschooling curriculum.

Second Friday of Each Month
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
1:00–2:30 p.m.
FREE | Ages 6–12
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.

Featuring a different work of art 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

Scavenger Saturday

Hone your art detective skills and discover something new about contemporary art at Kemper Museum!

Pick up a self-guided activity at the Scavenger Saturday table in the Atrium and follow the clues to take an “ART-astic” adventure. Finish the hunt and pick up a take-home, artmaking activity kit. Scavenger Saturday activities change monthly and are inspired by artwork in the Museum’s current exhibitions. We'll see you there!

Third Saturday 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

Each Saturday a Kemper Museum docent is available during this time to answer questions or lead a brief, informal tour of works on display. 

No reservations required, just "drop in" and learn something new!

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