Held the second Saturday of each month from 2 to 4 pm

UMOCA invites children of all ages and their families to discover our changing exhibitions and participate together in hands-on art making activities led by a trained educator. Each activity connects to a brand new idea, medium or theme explored by an artist currently exhibited in the museum. Projects are suitable from toddler to tween in a wide range of abilities.

Family Art Saturday is offered free of charge.
Museum admission is a $5 suggested donation to help support our programming.

Schedule of Projects and Activities


JUN 10, 2017
Patchwork Chimeras
Rona Pondick believes that the body speaks. What do her hybrid self-portraits say? Trace outlines of your own head and limbs onto fabric, and then cut and assemble the pieces together with fabric wings, claws, tails, fins, antennae, and more. Add feathers, fur, and other textures to complete a curious patchwork creature that is a portrait of you!

JUL 8, 2017
Sounds of Sanctuary
Youth media organization Spy Hop’s Safe and Sound exhibition challenges teens to record short audio pieces of what safety sounds like to them. What is safety for you? Create a set of foam headphones decorated with personal imagery of people, places, and things that help you feel safe.

AUG 12, 2017
Cloud-Seeding Paper Airplanes
Michael Ryan Handley uses processes like evaporation and weather manipulation to delve into the artistic potential of water and explore relationships between humans, nature, and art. Create your own cloud-seeding paper airplane decorated with water resistant materials and watercolor paints for a natural- and human-manipulated work of water art.

AUG 26, 2017
Cities of Conviction Family Workshop
Use colorful ink and experimental materials to create paintings with Lina Gazzaz; learn calligraphic techniques and form your own “calligraffiti” artwork with Nugamshi; and create art with Yusef Alahmad.

SEP 9, 2017
3D Calligraphy
Cities of Conviction is a collaborative exhibition that highlights connections between Salt Lake City and Saudi Arabia. Inspired by the sculptural calligraphy of Nassar Al-Salem, this project looks at the way language frames our experience of the world. Explore the physical shape of your name by building a 3D calligraphic structure made of colorful, curled paper towers.

Family Art Saturday is made possible in part by: