Hands-on Areas

Bart’s ArtVenture!

BAV 2ArtVenture is the Museum’s state-of-the-art interactive gallery designed for families and visitors with children who want to explore art at their own pace, guided by their own interests. The two family spaces feature more than 15 hands-on learning stations that encourage exploration, discovery, and creativity. Take an ArtVenture with Bart the Art Bat!

  • Explore your creativity
  • Ignite your imagination
  • Discover new ways of looking
  • Create art – new art projects during the year
  • Make cool connections between art, the Museum, and your life
  • Have fun!

ArtVenture is FREE and open to the public during regular Museum hours.

One attentive adult chaperone is required for every four children visiting ArtVenture and works with his/her assigned group of children.

ArtVenture is not for large groups since it is a family orientated space. A large group consists of 10 people or more. If you have a large group, a portion of your group may tour the galleries and be sure to ask for a Scavenger Hunt!

Upcoming Free Artmaking Activity!

Please join us in Bart’s ArtVenture for a family-friendly, free drop-in artmaking activity on portraiture on June 29 from 10:30am-1:00pm. Learn about drawing portraits from local artist, Hannah Adamson, and view her new collaborative portrait installation in Bart’s ArtVenture. After you learn techniques and draw your own portrait, help us color our new collaborative portrait mural that is on display in Bart’s ArtVenture!

Art Cart

Drop in for an art making activity that is facilitated by Teen BMA and ArtVenture staff! Art activities are inspired by artwork that is currently on display. After you make your own work of art, go check out the original art in the gallery! Art activities are geared toward children ages 4-10.

Art Cart happens on select Saturdays from 11am-1pm and Sundays from 1pm-3pm.

February 4 // February 5 // February 18 // February 19 // March 18 // April 15 // April 29 // April 30 // May 14 //May 21 // May 28

What’s new in ArtVenture?

Local Artist and Educator, Tym Davis, installed almost two dozen wire bats in the Art Cave in fall 2016! Come check out his art installation!

Add to his installation by creating your own snowflake!

A new Art Bar Activity will begin February 1st! Make your own artist book and then check out artists book on display in the Third Space exhibition!

ArtVenture Spaces

The Art Cave connects the two spaces that make up ArtVenture: the Sonat Gallery–designed for “toddlers and crawlers” and their adult companions−and the Hess Gallery, for children aged 5-12 and their families. The Cave houses small, family-friendly, interactive exhibitions by local artists. Exhibitions change periodically throughout the year.

Art Bar

Hands-on activities activities at Art Bar are self-guided. Activities change every two months.

In January 2017, make your own snowflakes using paper and pipe cleaners! Add to our snowy installation or take your creation home.

In February and March 2017, be inspired by artists books on display in the Third Space exhibition and make your own flip book!

Bart’s Lair Under the Stairs

Bart the Art Bat is roosting under the stairs! Find the Lair on the second floor near the American Gallery. Visit this cozy space to find cool activities that Bart has developed for all ages. Explore the Museum’s collection, create a drawing, and discover new ways to look at art. This gallery features different activities during the year.

Lair 2014