Art Studio

Art Studio

Art is why we’re here. Chicago Children’s Museum formed in 1982 in response to cuts in arts education funding in the Chicago Public Schools. Since then, we’ve developed and expanded our arts programming for children, culminating in the new Art Studio, unveiled in the summer of 2018.

The Art Studio is designed to let children revel in the creative process. Our open-ended activities allow kids to tap into their imaginations and explore their artistic selves. Paint, sew, sketch, mold, and more with activities designed for kids of all ages and abilities. Come by 1 hour prior to a workshop to get your free pass or join a drop-in program. 

See our online calendar for more details and schedules. 

Art Studio Workshops

Children of all ages create art with materials like paint, clay, fabric, and more. These workshops start with an artist educator leading discussion/investigation around themes that change monthly. 

Kids Create Drop-in Programs for Toddlers and Preschoolers

These open-ended sensory based programs are just for little ones. Kids Create activities invite young children to get creative with materials like finger paints, play dough, and even mud. 

Young Artist Programs

These drop-in programs allow children to create and explore at their own pace. These activities are often collaborative, and themes change periodically. 

Visiting Artist Workshops

Meet an artist, gain inspiration from their artistic process, and get creative. Visiting Artist Workshops bring the art world directly to kids.   

A 6-year-old girl in an apron focuses on molding some clay in the Art Studio
3 adults sit around an Art Studio table helping a toddler paint as he sits in his grandfather's lap