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Kohl’s Color Wheels

Kohl’s Color Wheels is fully booked through August 2018.


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 35-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?

Color Wheels is currently at capacity through August 2018. Contact artgeneration@mam.org for more information.

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.

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

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.

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