Arturo's Preschool is a free program for preschool, home school, 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 Arturo’s Preschool Themes for the 2017–2018 School Year:
September: Go van Gogh
Fly through a starry night and laze in a field of wheat as we go on an imaginary journey with Vincent van Gogh.
October: Use Your Senses
Put your five senses to work and experience art with more than just your eyes.
November: Language of Flowers
Take a crash course in decoding the language of flowers, and use your newfound detective skills to unravel the meanings of floral masterpieces in the galleries.
December: Kings & Queens
Search for art from the ancient Americas fit for a king or queen, and then work in the studio to make a royal masterpiece.
January: E is for Elephant
Meet Elmer the patchwork elephant from the beloved children's book Elmer and help him find his elephant friends on a seek and find adventure through the Museum's galleries.
February: Tell Me a Story
From legends and fairy tales to real-life adventures, every work of art tells a story. Learn some of the stories behind favorite paintings, and then create your own story-art in the studio.
March: Color with Me
Take a spin on the color wheel and learn all about how artists use color to create mood, share a feeling, and tell a story.
April: City Scenes
Jump into the hustle and bustle of the big city as we explore city scenes in the galleries.
May: Art Play
Find inspiration in the kooky landscapes, paintings within paintings, and colorful canvases of American artist Laura Owens, and then enjoy some art play in the studio.
Tips for Scheduling Your Program:
Arturo's Preschool is offered Tuesday-Friday 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 ten 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.