Kohl’s Art Generation Gallery

Paper Play: Kindergarten to Contemporary Art

Explore the innovative use of paper by contemporary artists who use this humble material in simple ways—folding, weaving, cutting, and stacking—to make extraordinary works of art. Then, families can discover the possibilities of paper by creating a mysterious scene, a folded sculpture, and a colorful weaving!

Artists in this exhibition include Richard Sweeney, Wu Jian’an, Michelle Grabner, Tara Donovan, Andrea Dezsö, and an installation by Fred Liang in the Museum’s East End.

The Kohl’s Art Generation Gallery is open during regular Museum Hours.

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Kohl’s Art Generation Family Sundays

Experience art with your family at Kohl’s Art Generation Family Sundays, the Museum’s lively event that happens five times a year! Enjoy hands-on art activities, interactive performances, family tours, visiting artists, and more! These events are free with Museum admission and for kids twelve and under. Free for Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee with their membership card or invite sheet.

Upcoming Events

Kohl’s Art Generation Family Sundays: About Face
Admission to this event is FREE thanks to Friends of Art!
SUNDAY, MARCH 12, 2017, 10 AM–4 PM
Discover the many faces of portraiture. Gather inspiration for creating your own artworks from the portraits of people and animals in the Museum’s collection. Learn to draw facial features, sculpt with clay, enjoy music, and more during this activity-filled day.


Kohl’s Art Generation Family Sundays: The Power of Posters
SUNDAY, MAY 7, 2017, 10 AM–4 PM
Step into the exciting world of design in the exhibition How Posters Work. Experiment with different combinations of words and pictures as you invent your own alphabet, create an advertisement, and design a book cover. Try your hand at drawing, collage, and printmaking, and even meet local designers!

Kohl’s Art Generation Family Sundays: The Great Art Adventure
SUNDAY, JULY 23, 2017, 10 AM–4 PM
Grab a Museum passport and travel through time and around the world in the Collection Galleries—completing challenges along the way! Solve an artful puzzle, “act out” a painting, talk with artists working in the galleries, and more!

For more information about Kohl’s Art Generation Family Sundays events, contact the Director of Youth and Family Programs at 414-224-3828 or

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Weekend Family Programs

Each weekend, Story Time in the Galleries and the Kohl’s Art Generation Open Studio provide new opportunities to explore art from the Museum’s Collection and special exhibitions. Families can drop in for five minutes or stay all day!

Story Time in the Galleries


Meet at Admissions in Windhover Hall.

Come hear a story that relates to a work of art in the galleries, and then make a drawing inspired by what you have seen and heard.

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Open Studio


Stop by the Kohl’s Art Generation Studio to create art inspired by the Museum’s Collection! Each month features a different theme, and the projects are always changing! See the Kohl’s Art Generation Studio for more details.

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Kohl’s Color Wheels


Frequently Asked Questions

What is Kohl’s Color Wheels?

Kohl’s Color Wheels is the Milwaukee Art Museum’s off-site studio program that offers art activities, free of charge, at events throughout the community year round.

What kinds of events does Kohl’s Color Wheels attend?

Kohl’s Color Wheels will attend events within a 50-mile radius of the Milwaukee Art Museum that serve families with children 12 and under. Kohl’s Color Wheels must be one component of a larger event with a minimum attendance of 100 people.

What kinds of projects does Kohl’s Color Wheels offer?

Kohl’s Color Wheels offers a wide variety of drop-in art projects inspired by the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Collection and special exhibitions.

What are the set-up requirements for Kohl’s Color Wheels?

For outdoor events, Kohl’s Color Wheels requires 500 square feet for three 10 x 10 foot tents and the full-size van. The set-up is flexible to maximize traffic flow and access to the art making.
For indoor events, we request six to eight tables.

How do I schedule an event with Kohl’s Color Wheels?

Booking is first come, first served. Contact Michelle Bastyr, Kohl’s Art Generation community relations coordinator, at to check date availability.

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Kohl’s Art Generation Lab

Haitian Art

Immerse yourself in the art and culture of Haiti—past and present—in this new exhibition drawn from the Museum’s collection of Haitian art. Learn about the importance of community, family, religion, and more through music, photography, and a variety of activities.

Visit the lab every Saturday in February for special performances in celebration of Haitian art!
Performances are at 1 p.m., followed by a tour of Haitian art.

FEB 4: Crossing Borders Music
This special, family-friendly string quartet concert will explore the richness of Haitian music and culture through uplifting compositions and folk song arrangements by Haitian composers.

FEB 11: Jam Ak Jam
Experience African dance, music, and folklore.

FEB 18: Ko-Thi Dance Company
Enjoy music and dance rooted in African and Caribbean culture.

FEB 25: Jahmes Finlayson and Dumah Saafir
Listen to music that celebrates African roots and the spirit of Haiti.


The Kohl’s Art Generation Lab is open during regular Museum Hours.

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