How People Make Things inspired by Mister Rogers' Factory Tours is on display until May 5.

Art and Innovation Lab • Program

Channel your inner Michelangelo.

Explore fine arts, crafts, and innovation activities.

Art and Innovation Lab

Our Art and Innovation Lab is stocked with everything from clay to paints to pastels in order to help your child explore the world of art. Daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Upcoming Daily Projects will line and rhythm

Delving into line and rhythm art principles with your kids not only sparks creativity but also holds practical educational value. Those fine motor skills they develop while working with lines and shapes? They’re laying the groundwork for future artistic endeavors and even improving handwriting. Engaging in rhythmic activities goes beyond the canvas—it boosts cognitive abilities, pattern recognition, and cultivates an appreciation for visual aesthetics, skills applicable in various real-world scenarios. By blending education with play, you’re not just fostering creativity; you’re preparing your young artists for a world where artistic skills can be both personally fulfilling and professionally advantageous.

February 20th – 25th    

  • Wire Sculpture
    • Explore three-dimensional art with this wire sculpture project, where kids craft abstract forms using garden wire, colorful beads, and a sturdy base. The vibrant creations make for eye-catching displays at home as well as introduce kids to the fundamental art principals of line and movement.
  • Continuous Line Drawing
    • Can you draw a picture without picking up your pencil? In this project, children delve deeper into the principle of line. With a single, unbroken line, kids create expressive sketches, fostering creativity and refining fine motor skills.
  • Alma Thomas Inspired Rhythm in Nature Collage
    • Alma Thomas (1891–1978) was a pioneering African American artist known for her vibrant and abstract paintings. Born in Columbus, Georgia, Thomas became the first graduate of Howard University’s Fine Arts Department in 1924. Her work, characterized by bold color palettes and intricate patterns, evolved over the years, culminating in her signature style of using rhythmic brushstrokes to convey a sense of movement and energy. Thomas’s contributions to the abstract art scene earned her acclaim, and she made history as the first African American woman to have a solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1972.
    • In this exciting project, we’ll explore the patterns and rhythms of nature, taking inspiration from Alma Thomas’s unique style. Kids will imagine soaring above nature, like in an airplane, using bits of construction paper to recreate vibrant scenes through color matching. This hands-on activity not only sparks creativity but also helps children recognize repeated colors, shapes, sounds, and movement in the world around them.

February 27th – March 3rd

  • Wire Sculpture
    • Explore three-dimensional art with this wire sculpture project, where kids craft abstract forms using garden wire, colorful beads, and a sturdy base. The vibrant creations make for eye-catching displays at home as well as introduce kids to the fundamental art principals of line and movement.
  • Line and Shape Collage
    • Kids cut colorful lines and shapes, arranging them into squares on a larger sheet to craft unique collages. This project encourages artistic expression and introduces basic design principles, providing a visually appealing way for young artists to experiment with composition.
  • Jean-Michel Basquiat Inspired Animal Portrait
    • Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960–1988) was a trailblazing American artist known for his groundbreaking contributions to the Neo-expressionist movement. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Basquiat rose from street art to international acclaim with his raw and expressive paintings that often combined words, symbols, and images. His work reflected social commentary, addressing issues of race, identity, and inequality. Basquiat’s short but impactful career left an enduring legacy, inspiring future generations and solidifying his place as a cultural icon in the art world.
    • Kids will channel Jean-Michel Basquiat with an animal portrait inspired by his piece Pez Dispenser which features a dinosaur wearing his signature crown motif. Encouraging vibrant colors, bold strokes, and creative freedom, this project invites young artists to infuse their animal portraits with Basquiat’s expressive style.

March 5th – 10th

  • Wire Sculpture
    • Explore three-dimensional art with this wire sculpture project, where kids craft abstract forms using garden wire, colorful beads, and a sturdy base. The vibrant creations make for eye-catching displays at home as well as introduce kids to the fundamental art principals of line and movement.
  • Thumbprint Comics
    • Comics and graphic novels are a perfect blend of art and literacy. By creating their own comics, kids can directly interact with concepts such as contextualization, sequencing, and inferencing, which boost reading comprehension. Not to mention that comics are fun and will engage even the most reluctant reader!
  • Alexander Calder Inspired Organic Line Collage
    • Alexander Calder, famous for his mobiles, utilized line and movement in both his three-dimensional and two-dimensional art. This project, inspired by his piece Glacier with Colored Petals, teaches kids organic shapes and how line, shape, and color are used to create art.
  • Sensory Play March 6th: Paper Making
    • Children engage in a hands-on experience, feeling the transformation of paper pulp as they mold and shape it. This sensory-rich activity not only explores texture but also fosters sensory adaptation, helping children develop heightened tactile awareness through the creative process.

March 12th – 17th  

  • Wire Sculpture
    • Explore three-dimensional art with this wire sculpture project, where kids craft abstract forms using garden wire, colorful beads, and a sturdy base. The vibrant creations make for eye-catching displays at home as well as introduce kids to the fundamental art principals of line and movement.
  • Collaborative Alphabet Quilt
    • Each child decorates a square with a letter, creating a vibrant quilt that reinforces letter recognition. This fun and educational activity encourages teamwork and artistic expression while enhancing literacy skills.
  • M.C. Echer Inspired Tessellation
    • Tessellations, like those explored by the artist M.C. Escher, are fascinating patterns where shapes fit together seamlessly without any gaps. Just like how Escher played with optical illusions and impossible perspectives, you can create your tessellations by sliding, turning, or mirroring shapes. It’s a bit like solving a creative puzzle, and you might discover patterns that remind you of Escher’s mesmerizing artworks!

Open Today:

CLOSED 9am - 5pm 9am - 5pm 9am - 5pm 9am - 5pm 9am - 5pm 9am - 5pm

Groups Today:

AM 0 Students 276 Students 392 Students 227 Students 210 Students 0 Students 0 Students
PM 0 Students 0 Students 0 Students 0 Students 0 Students Students 0 Students

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