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Art Studio


The Art Studio is a hands-on exhibit that offers Process Art experiences that encourage imagination, creativity and discovery. We strive to foster an environment that emphasizes the process of art making over the product created.

Each week the Art Studio features a different Art Studio Session related to our museum programming and special celebrations. Children will explore painting, drawing, collage, printing, beading, and clay as they get hands on with a variety of special materials and mediums all while learning new techniques and making connections with art and its relation to the world around them.

Through artistic media, children will gain valuable school readiness skills including:

  • Physical skills- fine & gross motor developmentSocial skills- collaboration, sharing, communication & self-regulation
  • Cognitive skills -understanding cause and effect, shape & color recognition, counting and patterning
  • Emotional skills- self-expression, risk taking

Understanding Process Art

Process art in the Art Studio is all about the creation of open-ended art. There are no step-by step instructions, samples, or right and wrong way to create. The focus is on the exploration of techniques, tools, materials, and process over product.

Inspiration for open-ended art activities is based on holidays, seasons, nature, people, places and art history. We use these and other topics to illicit creativity and promote learning. Additionally, books, artful illustrations, and visuals are provided to add to the sensory experience. Each day we provide a variety of different materials that our guests are able choose from to create.

Art making is joyful, relaxing and calming. The experience of art making is unique to each child and so is their artwork! The Art Studio is a unique exhibit that provides plenty of time and space for children to carry out their plans and explorations.

We are always looking for new and gently used Art supplies for our Art Studio Exhibit.


  • Sequins
  • Pom-poms
  • Foam shapes
  • Large Buttons
  • Small Buttons
  • Craft jewels
  • Paint brushes
  • Washable Paint
  • Watercolor Paints
  • Multi-mix beads
  • Colored noodles
  • Construction paper
  • Mini craft tape
  • Tissue paper
  • Coffee filters
  • Googly eyes
  • Googly stickers
  • Crayons
  • Dry erase crayons
  • Oil pastels
  • Chalk
  • Dry Erase Markers
  • Markers
  • Dot art markers
  • Q-tips
  • Sponge stamps
  • Elmer’s Glue
  • Tacky glue
  • Cardstock

Thank you so much for considering our Art Studio when donating your recycled goods. At this time, we are fully stocked and have to decline receiving any more recycled materials. We will be sure to inform you if this changes at a later date

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