In person Family Days are back! Join us for socially distanced, live Family Days. We have games, studio projects, and family-friendly videos about art.
We have a variety of offerings designed for children and caregivers with a focus on exploring creativity and creating attachment to the Museum. This year the Museum will experiment with testing the best days and times for family programs. We’ll also test how/when to incorporate in-gallery experiences and explore various approaches to digital family engagement.
- November 13: GameFest Akron
- January 16: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
- April 3, 2022: Week of the Young Child Celebration
Introducing OPEN STUDIO
No crowds, no rush, no experience or registration required. The Museum invites you to explore the new Open Studio in the lobby. A space designed for all ages, the studio will be open weekdays starting November 3.
Whether you’re a serious artist or just looking for a laid-back space to explore, Open Studio offers something for everyone. From sensory play areas for babies, to the messy materials school-age kids adore, and even art for adults.
Move freely between a wide range of inspiring materials, spending as little or as much time as you like. Along with special, featured activities, you will also find rotating areas devoted to clay, drawing, painting, printmaking, beading, collage, construction, and more.
Open Studio is creativity on your schedule.
#TryThis: Pipecleaner Prints
Pipecleaners can make an interesting repeat geometric pattern for prints. What You Need: paper, cardboard, pipecleaners, and ink Try this?
Virtual Family Day: Mark-Making
Everyone wants to make their mark on life. Learning to express yourself on paper is one way to do just that. Explore many ways to make your own mark
Virtual Family Day: Bookmaking Bonanza
Try your hand at making simple books and book-related objects. This month we have bookmaking tutorials plus some options for turning out artful bookmarks.
#TryThis: Vinyl Decal Callograph
Vinyl is durable and easy to cut. It makes for an easy way to do repetitive patterns. What You Need cardboard, vinyl, ink, a roller, paper Try this?
#TryThis: Drawing Tools
Drawing from life is easiest with items at hand, like drawing utensils. What You Need paper and writing utensils Try This? Take your time to draw something at hand. Try it over and over.
Doodlebug: An Interactive Game
Following along on a tour through the Akron Art Museum with Doodlebug, the art loving bug. During your visit, you’ll get the chance to meet four different paintings from the Museum’s collection and ask them questions about themselves and their makers.
Wandering around museum galleries can be relaxing and recharging. But sometimes, you might want to add a level of play. This simple Bingo card invites you to look close and enjoy the surprises. Play with a friend or against a family member. Print this card to bring with you or to use why you explore the online galleries.
FAMILY-FRIENDLY RESOURCES ABOUT ART
George G. Adomeit’s First Snow
Stay warm while you explore this snowy scene from home by George Gustav Adomeit, (Memel, Germany, 1879 – 1967, Cleveland, Ohio). First Snow from 1933 is a Linocut on paper (Gift of Dr. Roy G. Pearce, 1947.8)
Lee Bontecou’s Untitled
Explore Lee Bontecou’s mixed media relief sculpture from 1966 (Gift of Leo Castelli, Castelli Galleries, 1974.122).
CREATIVITY CARE KITS
Explore projects that use materials from the kits as well as supplies you may have around the house – also available on our YouTube page. Share the projects you make by tagging @akronartmuseum on social media.