Kohl’s Art Generation Open Studio

Monday–Sunday, 10 AM–4 PM

Thursdays, 10 AM–7 PM

The Studio is open every day, so feel free to drop in for a few minutes or stay all day!

Monthly Inspiration

Each month features a different theme and the projects are always changing! Here is a quick list to get you inspired about the months ahead.

September: Artful Experiments

Draw an object so that it appears to be moving. Paint a portrait of a machine. How? For clues, we’ll look to the work of Giacomo Balla, Fernand Léger, and other artists represented in the Van Gogh to Pollock: Modern Rebels exhibition! We’ll also experiment with the sculptural possibilities of translucent fabric and wire while referencing the work of Lee Bontecou and Claes Oldenburg.

October: Gallery on the Green

Explore the art of landscape design as you create a unique place for viewing art outdoors. Will you design a park, a playground, or a sculpture garden? Make your scale model one of a kind with terraces, green gathering spaces, plantings, and, of course, sculpture. Try out different arrangements, and see what happens when you combine geometric and organic shapes.

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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 children twelve and under. Free for Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee with their membership card or invite sheet.


Save the Date!

Kohl’s Art Generation Family Sundays:
Día de los Muertos

Sunday, October 18, 10 AM–4 PM

Paint your face like a sugar skull, dance to mariachi music, and honor the memory of loved ones as the Museum observes Día de los Muertos, the Mexican Day of the Dead celebration. Make an artful addition to a communal ofrenda (memorial altar), enjoy traditional folkloric dance presented by local performers, and delight in bright colors and vivid symbols as you learn about this unique south-of-the-border tradition.

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

Saturdays, 10:30 AM
Meet at Admissions

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.


Open Studio

Monday–Sunday, 10 AM–4 PM
Thursdays, 10 AM–7 PM

The Kohl’s Art Generation Studio is now open every day the Museum is open throughout the Museum’s renovation, so swing by anytime to create art! 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

Imagine a vehicle that brings creativity and ingenuity into your community—a mobile art experience where kids not only take part in fun projects, but also grow and learn through art! That’s the idea behind Kohl’s Color Wheels, a van that will make appearances at community festivals and educational events throughout the year.


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 one-hour 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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