Each Tuesday in June, July, and August of 2011, parents and children can enjoy free drop-in Summer Studio family programs at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Each themed session is designed to be entertaining for participants of different ages and to encourage creativity and new discoveries about how to make art.
These playful free programs will take place on Tuesdays from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Farmers Market and again from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the Terrace. Visit MCA at 222 East Chicago Avenue.
MCA Summer Studios for June
On Tuesday, June 21, families can attend the Moving is Drawing studio at which they can create a sculpture inspired by their own movements.
On Tuesday, June 28, parents and kids can attend the Networks of Lines studio at which they will learn how to use lines to build up different kinds of textures.
MCA Summer Studios for July
On Tuesday, July 5, participants can attend the Categories and Groups studio at which they can flex their mental organizational muscles by choosing, sorting, and organizing different objects.
On Tuesday, July 12, families can attend the Temporary, Not Permanent studio at which they can experiment with transitory art in which the marks they make evaporate after just a few moments.
On Tuesday, July 19, people can attend the What Is a Box? studio at which they can practice using different kinds of materials and shapes to build boxes.
On Tuesday, July 26, people can attend the Collect the Story of Today studio at which they can combine ideas, stories, and objects from today to create a collaborative installation.
MCA Summer Studios for August
On Tuesday, August 2, families can attend the In a Bubble studio at which they can design and build an environment inside a bubble.
On Tuesday, August 9, parents and kids can attend the Paper Is Color studio at which they can paint using paper to make unique artworks full of color and texture.
On Tuesday, August 16, families can attend the Inside the Box studio at which they can investigate how the choice of a material to use can change the surrounding environment.
On Tuesday, August 23, people can attend the Visual Catalog studio to learn how to keep a scrapbook to record observations about the world around you.
On Tuesday, August 30, families can attend the Images Collide studio to find out how to juxtapose well-known photographs to create new visual effects.
While at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, parents and kids should be sure to stop by the Museum Store to shop for toys and books that encourage creativity, including wooden block sets, bubble and engineering kits, and stylish children’s playthings like the P’kolino Nesting Birds.
For more kid-friendly summer activities for 2011, Chicago families can check out Lurie Garden Family Workshops, American Girl Place Chicago summer programs and special events, and LEGOLAND Discovery Center summer events.
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