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!
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!
2018 Themes for First Friday, Second Saturday, and Art Start at the Swope Art Museum
Friday, August 3, 5-7 pm
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
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!