Kohl’s Art Generation Open Studio


Stop by the studio to create art inspired by artwork in the Museum. A different collection or exhibition is featured each month, and the activities are always changing!

September: A Handful of Clay

Dig into the Museum’s Collection, and discover the many properties of clay. Sculpt a face jug, and learn about traditions of the American South through the work of Dave the Potter. Learn to hand-build with clay slabs, tell a story in slip, and cast then carve a stein.

October: Milwaukee Made

Milwaukee is home to many great artists. All month long, we will get to know our artist-neighbors by exploring their work in the galleries. Drop in the studio to design bold patterns like those Michelle Grabner makes, and try the unique painting process that Reginald Baylor uses. Practice still lifes, looking to the sculpture of Beth Lipman, and like Mutope J. Johnson, paint a historic scene.

November: Follow the Line

Explore the rise of Modernism. Inspired by the drawings in the exhibition Degas to Picasso: Creating Modernism in France, sketch a figure using gestural mark making, illustrate the many sides of an object on a single page, and express emotion with a single line. Transform your drawing into a print using an etching press. And, experiment with rich chalk pastels, rough charcoal, and transparent washes of watercolor.

December: Technicolor Holiday

This winter, immerse yourself in the bold colors and exciting textures of Jaime Hayon’s Technicolor World. Create a collection of handmade gifts that combine art and design. Try weaving on a loom with traditional and wacky materials. Play with wild combinations of animals and patterns while designing a playground. Then splash gold illustrations on sculptures of your own.

January: A Community of Potters

In January, make bowls to share with people in our community, as the Museum partners with Hunger Task Force of Milwaukee. Learn step-by-step how to sculpt with stoneware; then, for inspiration, look to Jaime Hayon’s work in the feature exhibition Technicolor World, as well as work by artists in the Museum’s Collection.

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Family Touch Tour

Explore the Museum with a Family Touch Tour. Learn about artworks through games and videos, and take an art selfie! Check out a tablet while you’re at the Museum, or download the Kohl’s Art Generation app for free from the App Store or Google Play Store.

Kids who visited the Museum this month recommend you don’t miss this artwork!


Alex Katz (American, b. 1927)
Sunny #4, 1971
Oil on canvas
96 1/4 × 72 in. (244.48 × 182.88 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Harry Lynde Bradley M1975.143
Photo credit: John R. Glembin
© Alex Katz/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

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