For adults, taking in art usually means observing, staring, focusing, finding meaning. For kids, art can be all of those things, at least for a few minutes, or until they want to touch, feel, roll, push, pull, and play. Fortunately, in Greater Boston, where interactive museums abound, the opportunities for kids to play with art or use art to play are plentiful. Here are a few of our favorites:
THE ART STUDIO — Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston, 617-426-6500
The Art Studio at the Children’s Museum is the ultimate hands-on museum exhibition. Every day of the week teachers and art coaches — with parents or guardians standing by, of course — guide kids as young as 2 years old through the early stages of being artists. Often the art the kids make is themed after an exhibition at the Children’s Museum, like “Boston Black,” which celebrates the contributions African and Caribbean Americans have made to Boston over the years.
Kids are given raw materials including paint and paper, clay, and even recycled household materials, from egg cartons to milk jugs, and are encouraged to create with them. Sometimes that means bold brushstrokes. Other times it’s as simple and giggle-inducing as dipping little hands in a bucket of paint and then slapping those hands all over a blank canvas.
Speaking of themed activities, for the entire month of October kids who visit the Art Studio are being guided through projects that observe the Children’s Museum’s 100th birthday. Kids will be asked to check out 100 different “mark making” objects in the Art Studio in October, and with those objects either add to a growing collage that other kids have already contributed to or make something new.
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