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



Friday, August 3, 5-7 pm

First Friday:

Opening Reception: The Wartime Escape

Plus, bring your dog for paw painting in front of the Swope (sorry, no dogs allowed in the Museum)

Tuesday, August 7, 1pm

Art Start: Curious George and the Puppies, by H.A. and Margaret Rey

Saturday, August 11, 1-3 pm

Second Saturday Studio: Get inspired by the Curious George books and make your own book.

Tuesday, August 14, 1 pm

Art Start: Jake Makes a World: Jacob Lawrence a Young Artist in Harlem, by Rhodes-Pitts and Myers


Tuesday, August 21, 1 pm

Art Start: Inkblot, Drip, Splat and Squish your Way to Creativity, by Margaret Peot


Tuesday, August 28, 1 pm

Art Start: Elemenopeo, by Harriet Ziefert




Tuesday, September 4, 1 pm

Art Start: Guess Again! by Mac Barnett

Friday, September 7, 5-8 pm

First Friday:

Opening Reception: 74th Annual Wabash Valley Exhibition

Saturday, September 8, 1-3 pm

Second Saturday Studio: Make Mandalas with Artist/Educator Jude Irving

Tuesday, September 11, 1 pm

Art Start: The Scraps Book: Notes from a Colorful Life, by Lois Ehlert


Tuesday, September 18, 1 pm

Art Start: I am not just a scribble, by Diane Alber


Tuesday, September 25, 1 pm

Art Start: Rudy and Claude Splash into Art, by Adam Mcheffey

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

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