Art Start at the Swope Art Museum

At the Swope Art Museum, the space formerly known as the Halcyon Gallery (the corner of 7th and Ohio) has been turned into a studio and community space!

Art Start at the Swope Art Museum

One of the great features of this space is that it includes a preschool program (for ages 3-5) called Art Start. Art Start currently takes place on Tuesdays and is absolutely free. It used to be in the morning, but in January 2018 it moved to 1:00 p.m.

We went a few weeks ago; the kids listened to a story, did an art project, and then went on a scavenger hunt in the museum!

Art Start is my favorite place to be when my girls ask to make art, and I don’t feel like prepping or cleaning!

Art Start Preschool Program at the Swope Art Museum

2018 Themes for First Friday, Second Saturday, and Art Start at the Swope Art Museum

January

Tuesday, January 2, 1 pm

Art Start: Fancy Nancy at the Museum, by Jane O’Connor

Swope Education Center (enter from Ohio Street)

Friday, January 5, 5-8 pm

First Friday:  Make snowflakes in the education center. Hot chocolate will be provided by the 181st Intelligence Wing.

Tuesday, January 9, 1 pm

Art Start: I got the Rhythm, by Connie Schofield-Morrison

Swope Education Center (enter from Ohio Street)

Saturday, January 13, 1-3 pm

Second Saturday Studio: Join local artist and art educator Shayla Fish in making recycled magazine bowls.

Tuesday, January 16, 1 pm

Art Start: Mouse Shapes, by Ellen Stoll Walsh

Swope Education Center (enter from Ohio Street)

Tuesday, January 23, 1 pm

Art Start: Swatch: The Girl Who Loved Color by Julia Denos

Swope Education Center (enter from Ohio Street)

Tuesday, January 30, 1 pm

Art Start: Happy Dreamer by Peter H. Reynolds

Swope Education Center (enter from Ohio Street)

February

Friday, February 2, 5-8 pm

First Friday: We are getting ready for our Mardi Gras Party, stop by and make Mardi Gras masks and support a king or queen candidate.

Sunday, February 4, 3-4 pm

St. Mary’s of the Woods Madrigals:  Have you had a chance to hear the mesmerizing sound of the Madrigals? You are in for a treat!!! Lead by Grammy Award Recipient Professor Michael Boswell.  Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, February 6, 1 pm

Art Start: Paris: A Book of Shapes (Hello, World) by Ashley Evanson

Swope Education Center (enter from Ohio Street)

Saturday, February 10, 1-3 pm

Second Saturday StudioGraphic Zine with artist and Swope’s own Ed Trover. Be inspired by Roger Shimomura’s work on view.

Tuesday, February 13, 1 pm

Art Start: Wild by Emily Hughes

Swope Education Center (enter from Ohio Street)  

Tuesday, February 20, 1 pm

Art Start: Vincent van Gogh sunflowers and Swirly Stars by Brad Bucks and Joan Holub

Swope Education Center (enter from Ohio Street)

Tuesday, February 27, 1 pm

Art Start: Pool by Jihyeon lee

Swope Education Center (enter from Ohio Street)

March

Tuesday, March 6, 1 pm

Art Start: Katie Meets the Impressionists by James Mayhew

Swope Education Center (enter from Ohio Street)

Saturday, March 10, 1-3 pm

Second Saturday Studio: Fabric Art, make art using fabric fragments inspired by Garo Antresian’s lithographs Fragments on view in the museum.

Tuesday, March 13, 1 pm

Art Start: Learn the Alphabet with Northwest Coast Native Art by Ryan Cranmer

Swope Education Center (enter from Ohio Street)

Tuesday, March 20, 1 pm

Art StartI’ve Painted everything by Scott Magoon

Swope Education Center (enter from Ohio Street)

Tuesday, March 27, 1 pm

Art Start: Squeaking of Art, The Mice Go to the Museum by Monica Wllington

Swope Education Center (enter from Ohio Street)

April

Tuesday, April 3, 1pm

Art Start: New York A Book of Colors (Hello, World) by Ashley Evnason

Swope Education Center (enter from Ohio Street)

Tuesday, April 10, 1 pm

Art Start: The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau by Michelle Markle and Amanda Hall

Swope Education Center (enter from Ohio Street)

Saturday, April 14, 1-3pm

Second Saturday Studio:  Drawings of Terre Haute from above. Do you enjoy looking at the world beneath you when you are in a plane? You will love this project.

Tuesday, April 17, 1pm

Art Start: What Color Is the Wind? by Anne Herbauts (Creator)

Swope Education Center (enter from Ohio Street)

Tuesday, April 24, 1 pm

Art StartThe Iridescence of Birds: A Book About Henri Matisse by Patricia MacLachlan (Author),‎ Hadley Hooper (Illustrator)

To see other classes and clubs offered for young kids, check out our seasonal class guide!

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