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The Ryan Learning Center is open once again, and has been transformed into an even more accessible, inclusive, and creative space for all audiences to enjoy.

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As the museum’s hub for learning and creativity, the Ryan Learning Center is a space for art making with friends and engaging experiential activities. Drop by to take part in a studio project through the Artist’s Studio, design your own one-of-a-kind tour using JourneyMaker, and get in touch with your creative side.

The Ryan Learning Center is open every Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., as well as select additional dates. See the calendar for the most up-to-date schedule.

The Artist’s Studio at Home

Consider making a space at home where you and your family can get creative and make art together. Try out these fun and accessible art-making activities.

For your art-making space, find a corner of a room or a small table. Keep art supplies open and accessible, allowing your children to explore their creativity any time they feel the urge.

Not sure what materials to include? Here’s a list of suggestions:

  • All standard mark-making tools are fair game—crayons, markers, and pencils. Look for multicultural crayons or markers to create art that reflects a diversity of skin tones.
  • Water-based paints, such as watercolor and tempera, allow for experiments in paint application. Try using toothbrushes, cotton swabs, cotton balls, and sponges in addition to standard paintbrushes.
  • Household paper, such as junk mail, grocery bags, cereal boxes, paper and foam plates, printer paper, newspaper, wrapping paper, and magazines, can all be recycled to make art. Draw or paint on it—or cut or tear it up, connecting pieces with glue stick, bottled glue, or tape to make a collage.
  • Other household materials, such as metal and plastic jar lids, egg cartons, buttons, yarn, fabric bits, bubble wrap, paper towel or toilet paper tubes, and more be used in collage, painted or drawn upon, or combined to create sculpture. Be careful to avoid using small objects for art making that might be a choking hazard if your child is under age 5.

Limit the number of art materials available at one time, as children can be overwhelmed by too many choices. 

Combine art making with imaginative play by including everyday objects along with your art supplies. For example, your child could create an artwork by rolling a toy car through a tray of paint and then “driving” the paint-covered wheels onto paper, forming interesting lines. 

Find storage solutions that fit your space and help keep you organized. Trays are a great way to keep projects handy, contained, and movable.

Teach children how to care for their art supplies and keep their studio space neat. Show them how to rinse the paint from brushes after painting and dry them with bristles upright so they last longer, return caps to markers and glue so they stay fresh, and put play dough away to keep it from drying out.

Make art alongside your child as you learn from each other. Hang up a gallery of artwork in your home to celebrate your family’s creativity!


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