Arturo's Preschool is a free program for preschool, homeschool, and daycare groups serving children ages 3–6.
Take an up-close look at a work of art, read a featured picture book, and try out games and movement activities in the Museum galleries. Then explore ideas with an art-making activity in the Art Studio. Program themes and projects change each month, so there is always something new to do.
Upcoming Themes for the 2018-2019 School Year:
September: Calder Creations
It's a bird, it's a plane, it's . . . ART! Get to know American artist Alexander Calder and learn about his inventive way of creating art that moves.
October: Use Your Senses
See, hear, smell, taste, and touch—our five senses tell us so much! Get a sensory workout in the galleries and discover the latest art sense-sations.
November: Machine Mania
Gear up for a riveting investigation of an artist's view of gears, cars, radios, skyscrapers, and more in the exhibition Cult of the Machine. Then, in the studio, create your own mash-up of art and machine.
December: Swirl by Swirl
Explore works by Ida O'Keeffe and learn how symmetry shapes everything from a shell to a lighthouse.
January: Picture a Pattern
Search for color and shape patterns in the bowls, plates, textiles, and illustrated books on display in the Keir Collection of Islamic art.
February: Picasso Portraits
Get acquainted with the work of Pablo Picasso and create a cubist self-portrait.
March: Journey to Japan
Ikimashou, let's go! Take a journey along the famous Tokaido road in Japan and learn about art from across the ocean.
April: Children at Play
In the garden, by the sea, at home, or on mother's knee, children are playing everywhere in the paintings of artist Berthe Morisot. Make new friends with this boundary-breaking artist as we explore the exhibition Berthe Morisot, Woman Impressionist.
May: Plant Power
Calling all green thumbs and gardeners! Take a closer look at plants, leaves, ferns, and flowers "growing" in the art galleries, and then create an unbe-leaf-able masterpiece of your own.
Tips for Scheduling Your Program:
Arturo's Preschool is offered Tuesday-Friday, September–May at 10:00 a.m. or 11:00 a.m.
The program lasts 60 minutes and includes group time in the Museum galleries and an art-making activity in the Art Studio.
Arturo's Preschool is offered in English. If needed, please bring teachers or parents that can assist with translation for bilingual or ESL students.
Minimum of 10 students required; maximum of 25 children per class. One adult chaperone is required for every five students.
Arturo's Preschool is free of charge for students and chaperones when scheduled at least three weeks in advance.
To schedule an Arturo's Preschool program, call 214-922-1312 or email familyprograms@DMA.org.