Kohl’s Art Generation Open Studio

The studio is the place to engage in ever-changing hands-on art projects and create something all your own to take home. Each month features a different theme; find your inspiration from the artworks in the Museum’s Collection and special exhibitions!

The Studio is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 AM–4 PM (Thursdays until 7 PM), so feel free to drop in for a few minutes or spend the day at the Milwaukee Art Museum!

Monthly Inspiration

Each month our programs take on a new theme. Here is a quick list to get you inspired about the months ahead!

    November: Painted Stories

    Travel through the painted narratives of the feature exhibition Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Painting, and learn how to tell a story with your artwork. Have fun painting layered landscapes, and then add characters to them like the eighteenth-century painter Paolo Anesi. Learn how to draw parts of the face and to invent characters with dramatic personality!

    December: Near and Dear
    January: Winter Warm-Up!
    February: Wearable Art
    March: All About Design
    April: Fabric FUNdamentals
    May: The Printed Word

Check out all of the Museum’s Weekend Family Programs.

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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 members and their families with membership card or invite sheet.


Arte Italiana!

Sunday, December 7, 10 AM–4 PM

Celebrate art and the holidays—Italian style! Make creations to keep or to give as gifts, inspired by the masterpieces in the Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Painting exhibition. Sing along with favorite seasonal songs, and even learn a word or two in Italian!

Save the Date!

Kohl’s Art Generation Family Sunday: Fashion Forward
Sunday, March 15, 2015

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 Studio provide new opportunities to explore the art in the Museum’s Collection and exhibitions. Families can drop in for five minutes or stay all day.

Story Time in the Galleries

Saturdays, 10:30 AM

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

Tuesday–Sunday, 10 AM–4 PM, Thursdays until 7 PM

Swing by anytime and explore different art materials and techniques used to create the works in the Museum’s Collection. See the Kohl’s Art Generation Studio for more details.

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Kohl’s Color Wheels

A Mobile Art Experience Like No Other!

Imagine a vehicle that brings creativity and ingenuity into your community—a mobile art experience that’s like an extension of the Milwaukee Art Museum, 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 (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?
We are currently scheduling events through August 31, 2015. 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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