With free admission always for kids under 12, the Blanton Museum of Art is the perfect family outing for some creative summer fun! Enjoy our family-friendly art-making activities, exhibitions, tours, and more.
The following summer family activities are taking place at The Blanton through Aug. 10:
Thursdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. – noon
Want to create your own masterpiece inspired by The Blanton’s collection or exhibitions? Join us for free art-making activities in the Dell Classroom, located in the Smith Building. Recommended for ages 7-15. The art projects are different every week, download a PDF of the lineup here, check our events calendar or read the abbreviated descriptions below:
- July 5 and 6: Create a portrait or self-portrait using a variety of fabrics and textures.
- July 12 and 13: Explore how artists in Go West! show movement and make your own flip book.
- July 19 and 20: Experiment with watercolors and create an abstracted painting inspired by Richard Francisco, an artist featured in The Collecting Impulse.
- July 26 and 27: What does your room say about you? Create a diorama of your room inspired by photography in The Human Touch.
- Aug. 2 and 3: Make an artsy paper airplane inspired by Paul Villinski’s sculpture Passage.
- Aug. 9 and 10: Channel The Human Touch exhibition and create a portrait using your fingerprints.
Thursdays and Fridays, 10:30 a.m.
Bring your young art lover to these interactive tours that combine reading children’s literature with learning about works of art. Tours meet in the Rapoport Atrium. Recommended for ages 4-7. Space is limited; first come, first served.
Thursdays, 1 p.m.
Choose works from The Blanton’s collection that you would like to explore during this interactive guided tour designed by you. Tours meet in the Rapoport Atrium. Recommended for ages 8-12. Space is limited.
Explore our current exhibition The Human Touch through the senses of touch and sight by using this self-guided kit. Discuss the art you like best and explore different textures in the “feel and find” bag. Kits are available at the exhibition entrance. Recommended for ages 4-10.
Feeling inspired after touring the galleries? Take a break to create some of your own art in the Family Creativity Center, located on the second floor mezzanine.
What to read next on The Blanton blog:
- Growing Up Without Growing Out of Creative Pursuits — June, 2012
- Making Art a Central Part of a Child’s Education — May, 2012
- Visit the Family Programs page on The Blanton’s website