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Children in Art Museums June 7, 2012  |  By Jane Lavino

The drawing on the left is by 6-year-old Amelia Gessler a recent Museum visitor. Seeing John Nieto’s painting (adjacent) had a strong influence on her perception and style. What Amelia observed got her thinking about how to use color with expressive energy and power.

Art Museums with their “no touch policies” may not seem ideal for little ones, but many museums offer innovative activities and exhibits specifically for this audience.

We have a fabulous Children’s Discovery Gallery complete with art making studio, animal costumes, a puppet theater, and a reading nook. We also have “Critter Cases” at the admissions desk for loan to families. These activity bags provide hands on materials for art exploration. Through August 5th, we have 100 paintings and drawings by kids in our“Wyoming Winners: Federal Jr. Duck Stamp” exhibit.

Bring a child to an Art Museum! You will both discover new ideas about what is possible.

Image Credit: John Nieto (United States, b. 1936), Coyote, 1993. Acrylic on Canvas. 48 x 60 inches. JKM Collection®, National Museum of Wildlife Art. © John Nieto.

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