Source: Indys Child Parenting Magazine

Get creative at the IMA!
The newly re-opened Star Studio and family programming provide fun for all ages

by Ivy Wright, Public Affairs Coordinator for the Indianapolis Muse

April 01, 2013

Encourage your child’s creativity at the IMA’s new Star Studio – a fun space for play and art-making (like using Hot Wheels as stamps to create tire tracks on paper in the artwork pictured here). Now with six new stations for activities, Star Studio helps teach fundamental art concepts like color, line, shape and texture to children ages 0 – 12 in fun and innovative ways. 

*In Imagine, visitors are invited to think creatively about the art-making process using traditional and non-traditional items like paint, clay, twist ties and bubble wrap. 

*Explore includes a tactile table designed to stimulate the senses, promote creativity and assist in the development of fine motor skills.

*Visitors are invited to Create, using the iPad Free Draw Station. Also in Create, kids can help build R. Indiana City using an assortment of building blocks. 

*Share allows visitors to write or draw responses to a phrase on a large-scale chalkboard wall. Additionally, visitors can share their artwork using an interactive photo booth to project them on a wall. 

*Collaborate encourages participants to socialize with other patrons by working on a community art project.

*Vote invites participants to select their favorite activity.

In addition to Star Studio, the IMA offers the following family programming, suitable for all ages:

*Every Saturday and Sunday, Make and Take lets visitors participate in art-making projects inspired by works of art on view at the IMA.

*Every first Wednesday of the month, families with children ages 0-5 are invited to participate in pretend play, sing-a-longs, gallery art hunts and hands-on art activities during Wee Wednesdays.

*Beginning in April, visitors can enjoy Art in the Park in 100 Acres, where they can make a work of art inspired by nature every Sunday.

*On the second and fourth Saturdays of each month, families can discover carts filled with objects everyone can hold and see up close in Hold it!

*On the second and fourth Saturdays of each month, fun-filled 30 minute Family Tours of the IMA’s collection are offered.

For more information on family activities, visit