Adventures in Art

Our Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Art studio, housed in the Adventures in Art exhibit, is designed to provide inspiration for children to explore their inner creativity with programs that change monthly. The self-guided Art Adventures program encourages children to be creative using unique tools and art media. Four permanent stations allow children to explore

  • 2-D visual art (painting, chalk, drawing, etc.)
  • clay sculpture
  • weaving
  • recycled art
  • Activity instructions available in English and Spanish.

    Underwritten by the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Foundation

    Good to Know: 

    Exhibit Type


    Focused Field Trips Aligned with this Exhibit

    Artistic Expressions

    Sensational Senses

    This exhibit is aligned with Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards.

    Adventures in Art Hours

    Sunday: 12 – 4 p.m. Monday: 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 – 4 p.m.

    Artist in Residence Program

    For information regarding our Artist in Residence program, please contact Cori O’Connell, Museum Education Specialist at

    Previous Artists-in-Residence

    Suzanne Sebold is a visual artist based in Chicago. Her work is influenced language, culture, and society. She often looks to her surroundings and nature for inspiration.  Suzanne works in a variety of mediums such as handmade paper, clay, paint. She believes the idea dictates the medium. She received her BFA from SAIC and MA (Education) from NEIU. She exhibits locally and nationally.

    Rachel Davis uses natural objects, such as leaves, pine cones, sea sponges, antlers, moss covered bark and shells to get us thinking about texture. She created experimental monoprints with children that translated the tactile experience into a visual art experience.

    Shannon Molter is a Fiber artist working in a diverse range of media, often using found materials relevant to the location of her installations to expose connections between humans and their natural and social surroundings. Molter holds the position of Youth and Family Programs Educator at the Milwaukee Art Museum, working with children from birth through 15 years to make artwork inspired by museum exhibitions and the renowned permanent collection.

    Mariah Howington’s artistic ideas and life experiences inspired her to create the “Flower of Life” paintings. The children in the art studio worked with Mariah using the media of natural materials such as sand and shells, which resulted in a calm and peaceful environment at the museum. She completed her BFA from The SCAD in Savannah, GA. Mariah creates paintings and etchings while specializing in marketing, website design, and graphic design.

    Art Across Oceans: South Africa

    Our international collaborative children's art project! In March 2016, artists from Kohl Children's Museum visited Play Africa in Johannesburg, South Africa to create monoprints and digitally animated children's artwork. In April, South African artists Khehla Chepape Makgato and Ayesha Price traveled to the US and worked with Museum guests to create similar artwork with Museum guests.

    Art from both nations will be interwoven into an international collaborative children's artwork. On Sat, May 14 children from North Chicago who participated in the project connected via a special live video link with South Africa to meet children who also participated across the ocean!

    Art Across Oceans was made possible through a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

    Click here to hear interviews with some of the artists

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