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

OCT 13, 2018
Abstract Soundscapes
Artist Ryan Ruehlen records very low frequency (VLF) sounds that are usually inaudible to the human ear. He then transmits the sounds from remote locations to audiences in urban areas. Inspired by Ruehlen’s methods, we will explore how to translate sounds from the museum into visible marks. Create a visual listening map using imagery inspired by the sounds you hear.

NOV 10, 2018
Designing for Play
Kids, design your very own playground! Artist Nils Norman’s Play Structure creates an opportunity for open-ended play inside the museum. Made up of platforms, ramps and ladders, this artwork invites people to escape predictable interactions in public spaces and instead, use their imaginations. In this activity, engineer a never-before-seen play structure of your own. Create a take-home model of your unique design out of colorful popsicle sticks.

DEC 8, 2018
Whoop Dee Masks
Whoop Dee Doo is a theatrical art experience that encourages youth across the country to take ownership of their own creativity through immersive, interactive performances. The dreamlike costumes and set pieces on display in the education gallery originate from humble materials like butcher paper, tape and cardboard. Using a variety of media, bring to life your own memorable character mask that can transport you to the world of Whoop Dee Doo.



Family Art Saturday is made possible in part by: