Exploring the Museum with children can be especially rewarding. It presents an opportunity to share ideas and personal opinions, surprise each other, and discover the world through artists’ eyes. Start your visit in the PhxArtKids Gallery, with a selection of hands-on and brains-on activities to get you really looking and thinking about art.
Pick up a Scavenger Hunt or a KidPack at Visitor Services to guide your journey through our collections. There is no need to know all about art – discover it together! Or join us for our monthly themed PhxArtKids Days that highlights one of our special exhibitions with unique art-making activities.
Teens have their own events at the Museum, with hands-on activities, artist discussions, and poetry slams. Look for these events on the Calendar on select Wednesday evenings or First Friday nights. Teens will find many of their peers hanging out in the galleries.
New PhxArtKids Gallery installation explores the interactions of color, shape and line.
Works by Victor Vasarely and Richard Anuszkiewicz encourage viewers to explore interactions of color on color, color next to color, and mathematical structures that guide some artists in creating art. These explorations can be simple or complex, making this gallery a great starting point for children of all ages as well as adults.
While the art on view belongs to an art historical movement called Op Art, in the PhxArtKids Gallery the pieces teach more broadly about how to think in the Museum. Look close and look from a distance. Think about the colors and shapes and lines. Wonder how or if the artist planned the image. And share ideas with friends and family. These are essential elements for enjoying the Museum with young ones.