Looking at Art with Kids

Bart the Art Bat has some great ideas for exploring art with kids!

Take a Scavenger Hunt

Explore the Museum with a scavenger hunt. Look for clues, find art, and investigate cool details along the way! Available in Bart’s ArtVenture and Bart’s Lair Under the Stairs.

Explore Art with Bart

bart_colorBMA smartguide

The BMA’s smartguide gives families a fun and interactive way to visit the Museum. Look for the Family Focus icon in the galleries to access special content that inspires families to explore special exhibitions and our collection, to discover more about artworks and themselves, and to create a fun experience at the Museum!

Family Focus Activity Guides and Labels

Look for Family Focus labels and activity guides in the Museum’s galleries to help you look at and discuss art with children.

Take an ArtVenture Through the Museum

Let your child be your guide as you explore the collections using one of the themes below. Open yourself up to discover new things about art and each other.

Kid’s Choice

Walk through the Museum and ask your child to pick an artwork that they want to look at. Have a conversation about why they chose this object. Remember, there is no right or wrong answers!

Compare & Contrast

Choose two artworks in the same gallery. Compare and contrast them. What is similar? What is different? What did you discover?

Become the Art

Pretend you are a person or object in the artwork. Act it out! What will you say or do? What are you thinking? What sounds will you make? How will you move?

Private Eye

Become an art detective and look closely at a work of art. What small details can you discover? Ask: Who, What, When, Where, How, and Why?

This Reminds Me Of…

Find an object that reminds you of something – your family, your house, your pet, a memory, a wish, or anything. Talk about the artwork and why you chose it. Ask each other: What do you see that makes you say that?

Tell a Story

Can you find a work of art that tells a story? What is happening in this artwork? Who are the characters? What are they doing? What happened just before? What do you think will happen next?

Got Questions?

Questions are a wonderful way to encourage close looking and great conversation. Just dive in, you may learn something new about art and each other!

Need some inspiration? Here are a few questions to get the conversation started.

  • Do you like this artwork? Why or why not?
  • What colors, shapes, and things do you see?
  • What is happening in this artwork?
  • What do you see that makes you say that?
  • Does anything you see in this artwork remind you of something in your own life?
  • Is the artwork true to life? How real has the artist made things look?
  • How does it make you feel? Why?
  • What would you have called this artwork?
  • What does this artwork make you wonder?