Art Sprouts at The University of Arizona Museum of Art

The University of Arizona Museum of Art (UAMA) recently introduced a new program called Art Sprouts that includes story time and art making for children ages two to five years old.

“Children will read a story, explore priceless works of art, move their bodies and make hands on activities. All of these components are designed to not only inspire, but to also foster cognitive, fine and gross motor skills, which are essential to child development. It’s also a great bonding experience for families.” ~Art Sprouts

The first session was Lines, Shapes and Oops!

If you arrive early, no worries! There is an area set up with activities pertaining to the topic of the session.

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Plenty to do while you wait.

Magnetic Shapes

Working with magnetic shapes.

The program started with a quick review of museum etiquette, then we headed upstairs for story time. The book read was Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg, an interactive book that explores the endless possibilities that mistakes can be transformed into. I definitely recommend adding this book to your collection if you don’t have it already. It is a fun book!

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Story time is always more fun when you are surrounded by art.

After the story we explored two paintings that look like they might contain some “oops!” The first was Number 20, 1950 by Jackson Pollock. The kids explored lines, shapes, colors and whatever else they noticed.

Jackson Pollock

Exploring Number 20, 1950 by Jackson Pollock.

After a little bit of visual exploration, the kids were inspired to stand up and draw lines in the air with their fingers. Then they were given a piece of string so they could make their own lines on the ground.

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Creating lines with string.

Next, we explored Berkeley #19 by Richard Diebenkorn. The kids were given paper shapes to match up to the painting.

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Looking for the shape in the painting.

After this we all headed back downstairs so the kids could create some of their own art. The tables were set up with papers that had some form of “oops!” on them (paint drips, holes, smudges, etc.). The kids were then able to turn the “oops!” into their own works of art using different materials. I loved that this wasn’t a step-by-step craft. The kids were able to create on their own using the available materials, with plenty of time to really get absorbed into what they were working on.

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Creating with shapes, markers and pastels.

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Making a collage with contact paper and shapes.

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Two new masterpieces to hang up at home!

J definitely enjoyed this program and we will definitely be going to the rest of the sessions. I hope it continues.

Art Sprouts is free with regular admission ($5.00 for adults, students and children are free). The next session is on June 19th. Schedule and contact information can be found here. Reserve your spot soon because space is limited! If you do go, parking is easiest at the Park Avenue/Speedway Boulevard parking garage. The museum is located on the southeast corner of the intersection.

“Let’s inspire the new generation of art lovers!” ~Art Sprouts

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