Most people think of going to an art museum as a passive activity, but often times you can find a hands-on experience at kid friendly museums…if you know where to look. A lot of the major museums have public art programs, but sometimes it’s the smaller museums that are more intimate—and maybe a little less intimidating if you don’t have a lot of experience.
At the Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh, North Carolina—better known as CAM Raleigh—they organize monthly drawing programs. And it’s not just about what’s in the museum. You go out to explore urban landscapes, warehouses and other overlooked parts of the city to inspire your art.
The Brooklyn Museum in New York lets anyone participate in their workshops. On the third Thursday of every month, you can take a drawing class inside the galleries. There are also full day and entire weekend programs if you’re more serious about it.
If you’ve never been to the Getty in Los Angeles, you’re missing out. And they have hour-long drawing sessions geared toward families. So you can get the kids involved and trust me, they’ll get a lot more out of the experience that way.
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