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Kohl’s Family Sundays: Animals in Art

Welcome to a special online version of our popular family event: Kohl’s Art Generation Family Sundays. Today we will be celebrating animals in the Museum, and at home! Take a tour of animals in the Museum’s collection, make art in activities led by our team of educators (plus meet their pets), enjoy a story, and test out some animal moves. And we want to see what YOU make. Share your Family Sundays–inspired art here.


Emily and her pet dog welcome you, and introduce the day.

Take a Tour

Take a 360-degree tour of the folk and self-taught art galleries, stopping along the way to learn more about the animals in the art.

Make Art!

Hankie Bunny

Brett shows you how to turn a square piece of fabric into a bunny, with some help from his pet rabbit.

Materials: handkerchief or square scarf

Painted Birds

Liala introduces you to her pet parakeets, and takes you through how to paint a bird of your own.

Materials: pencil, paper, pan watercolor set, brush, cup of water, rag or paper towels

Clay Snakes

Dianne (and her cat!) shows you how to make your own clay to sculpt snakes with personality.

Materials: 1 cup cornstarch, ½ cup hair conditioner, mixing bowl, water-based markers you don’t mind getting goopy

Animal Sketchbooks

Brett shows off his sketches of animals, and teaches you how to make a sketchbook for your own drawings.

Materials: 2 or more pieces of plain paper, pencil, stapler with staples or a twist tie or string

Story Time

Help! A Story of Friendship, by Holly Keller

Follow along as you listen to this story about what it means to be a friend. We’ll start by taking a closer look at the animals in the painting Portrait of a Terrier by Edwin Landseer, then move on to the story, and hear about friends Mouse, Hedgehog, Rabbit, Squirrel, and Snake!

Adventures in Art

“Step inside” a painting with Ali, and move like a lion!

Animal Songs

Sing along with musician Steve Girman and family.

Artwork of a gray shaggy dog against a lake and field background

Student Art Exhibition

See the chalk art drawings inspired by Sunny #4 from Mrs. Hahm’s Zion Lutheran School art class.

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Image: Alex Katz, Sunny #4, 1971. Oil on canvas. Gift of Mrs. Harry Lynde Bradley. Photo by John R. Glembin. © 2019 Alex Katz/Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York

Share Your Creations!

After you complete one—or all of!—the art activities, share your creations! Tag @MilwaukeeArt and use #MAMStudioAtHome from a public social media account and your artwork may appear on this page.

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