WAM For Kids


Blind Contour Drawing

Exercise your brain--the right "creative" side and the left "logical" side--with this drawing activity. Click here to download the instructions, then grab a pencil, paper and clipboard and visit WAM's galleries for an exercise in looking and feeling.


Art Lab Camp: Explore Color Mixation

We can see red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet in the colors of a rainbow. When you visit WAM and walk through the front door, what colors do you see? Click here to download this color activity that you can do when you visit the museum.

 

Art Lab Camp: The Raven

Generations of Native American children have heard the legend of Raven, who transforms darkness into light. Raven's story unfolds in the WAM exhibition Preston Singletary: Raven and the Box of Daylight. Click here to download an art activity to create your own Raven-inspired artwork.


Art Lab Camp: Architecture and Design

How are the places and spaces around us created and constructed? Click here to download this art activity where you find a work of art in WAM's collection and then answer questions about your home and how it's constructed. 


Art Lab Camp: Abstract Dimensions

Abstract Art can be anything you design. Click here to download this art activity where you find find a work of art in WAM's collection and explore the elements of art: line, color, shape, form, texture, space and value. 


Collage By Chance

Do you have a pair of dice? In this fun artmaking activity, dice are used to guide you in arranging different things together. Click here to download a PDF of the instructions.


Art Garden Scavenger Hunt


Play "I Spy" in the Art Garden

Can you find different shapes, textures, and colors in the sculpture in WAM's Art Garden? Click here to download a PDF and play "I Spy!"


Nature As Art

Did you ever think of the landscape around you as artful? In the Wichita Art Museum’s Art Garden, flowers, shrubs, and trees have been carefully chosen to combine with sculpture to create a visually pleasing landscape environment. Click here to download a PDF to take your own flower walk in WAM's Art Garden


Seeing Things in a New Way

Look up, look down, look all around! To frame a photograph, you use a viewfinder on a camera. If you don't have a camera, you can still use a viewfinder to look through and see things from a new perspective. Click here for instructions on how to make your own viewfinder


ARTogether: Collaborative Contour Drawing Activity

What do you need to make ARTogether? Just a piece of paper and a drawing tool of your choice--pencils, markers, crayons, colored pencils--or mix-and-match them for colorful fun! Click here for the instructions


Art Charades

Art Charades is a fun twist on a classic game! Break away from the digital world for a bit, grab a partner or members of your household and take turns acting out popular artworks in WAM’s collection. Click here to download the list.


Freaky Figure Game

Let your creativity and imagination reign with this fun drawing game that comes from surrealist artist André Breton. Download the instructions here. After the game is played, who gets to keep the drawing?


Let's play Match Up!

You're the artist and need a label for your artwork. What will you call your work of art? Download these titles taken from artwork in WAM's collection to start the game.


Can you solve WAM's Art Garden mystery?

Click here to download the list of clues. Be sure to bring a pencil and a compass along when you visit the Art Garden. (And don't forget social distancing!)


Extra! Extra! Be a reporter for WAM News!

Today, pretend you're a newspaper or television reporter. Click here to download your PDF activity pack, and create your own news story that features artwork from WAM's collection.

 

Love Mad Libs? Try WAM Libs!

Download the PDF to create your own WAM Libs that highlight work from the museum's collection. Be creative! Be funny! 


Resources For You

Artcation at Home

You can still take an Artcation! Download the packet of activities from WAM's sci-fi-themed adventure.

Click here to explore WAM’s collection on our online database.

Click here to check out our teacher guide for art activities and learn about our exhibition Preston Singletary: Raven and the Box of Daylight.

Artist Preston Singletary narrates a video featuring the Tlingit ceremonies that inspired him and the artist at work on the exhibition Raven and the Box of Daylight in his studio: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Pct6xLBJzk
 

Take a Virtual Walk through the Preston Singletary: Raven and the Box of Daylight exhibition when it was on view at the Museum of Glass: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-ZBNZGA1ZQ


Looking for More Art-Related Links?

Below are links to  great educational activities from museums around the country and around the world!

Artist Activity Packs are a free download of activities created by U.K. artists from Firstsite, a visual arts organization based in Essex: https://firstsite.uk/art-is-where-the-home-is/

Everything from crafts to quizzes to art-looking activities at the Tate Moden in London: https://www.tate.org.uk/kids

Explore New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art collection with an interactive map or time machine: https://www.metmuseum.org/art/online-features/metkids/

Art-Making Activities families can do at home. Ages 6+ https://www.moma.org/magazine/articles/254

Seattle's Museum of Glass (which organized Preston Singletary: Raven and the Box of Daylight) craft projects: try your hand at reverse-painting on glass or a self-portrait collage https://www.museumofglass.org/mog-craft-projects

Artist Louise Lawler created coloring pages of her photographs she took of artworks on display and released 12 for free download: https://www.moma.org/magazine/articles/257

Want more coloring pages? Check out Color Our Collections, a website that compiles free coloring pages created by libraries and other cultural institutions based off objects in their collections: http://library.nyam.org/colorourcollections/

Want to explore a museum in Italy or Seoul? Now you can from the comfort and safety of your own home with Google Arts and Culture. Take a virtual tour of hundreds of museums: https://artsandculture.google.com/partner?hl=en&tab=pop

 

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