Preschool Programs

Preschool Programs
The Speed Art Museum offers a number of programs for early learners to enjoy and explore the museum. From tours to workshops to Planet Preschool, there is something for every preschooler!

 

Side-by-Side Workshops
Looking for something new and interesting to do with your preschooler? Early learners (ages 2-5) will enjoy exploring the Museum and expressing their creativity. Each workshop begins with a tour of the Museum’s galleries, followed by a hands-on art making activity. A parent or guardian must register with the child and remain with them throughout the workshop.
$10 member parent + child / $16 non-member parent + child

Colorful Connections
Wednesday, December 13, 10:30-12:00 pm
Search for different colors in artworks and learn about how artists use color while exploring the Museum’s contemporary art collection. Then create a colorful masterpiece of your own while learning about color mixing! Register!

Pattern Play
Thursday, January 25, 10:30 am–12:00 pm
Learn about and find patterns as you explore the Speed’s collection on a guided tour. Then use this inspiration to create your own patterned works of art! Register!

Happy Hearts
Saturday, February 3, 10:30 am–12:00 pm
What makes your heart happy? Enjoy looking at artworks that illustrate happiness and then make a special artwork to share with someone who makes you feel happy! Register!

Making Impressions
Wednesday, March 14, 10:30 am–12:00 pm
Explore the Speed’s exhibition, Women Artists in the Age of Impressionism, and learn about the characteristics of this artistic style. Then take what you have learned and create your own Impressionist artwork! Register!

 

Preschool Drop-in Tours
Bring your preschooler (ages 2-5) to the Speed Art Museum for a fun and educational tour designed specifically for early learners! A variety of different tours are available to appeal to your little one’s interests. Encourage your child’s inner art lover with a memorable experience at the Speed! Free with admission.

 

Storytime Tour
Saturday, November 25, 10:30-11:15 am
Join Speed Art Museum educators for a literary adventure around the Museum! This tour will link favorite children’s books with works in the Museum’s collection to encourage language development and spark lively conversations.

Animals Tour
Sunday, December 3, 1:30-2:15 pm
Gallop, slither, or swim to the Speed for this wild tour! Explore artworks depicting animals and learn more about fascinating creatures from around the world on this early childhood tour.

Five Senses Tour
Thursday, December 7, 10:30-11:15 am
Explore the Speed’s galleries using your five senses! Imagine what it you would hear, see, smell, taste, or touch if you were transported into different artworks while encouraging critical thinking skills.

Colors and Shapes
Wednesday, January 24, 10:15-11:00 am
Explore the Speed Art Museum’s collection and search for different colors and shapes in artworks. Enjoy matching and sorting colors and shapes on this fun, interactive tour!

Storytime
Sunday, January 28, 3:15-4:00 pm
Join Speed Art Museum educators for a literary adventure around the museum! This tour will link favorite children’s books with works in the museum’s collection to encourage language development and spark lively conversations.

Portraits
Friday, February 16, 11:00-11:45 am
What is a portrait? Explore the Speed’s galleries as you search for artworks depicting people and learn about how artists create their works of art.

Storytime
Sunday, February 25, 2:30-3:15 pm
Join Speed Art Museum educators for a literary adventure around the museum! This tour will link favorite children’s books with works in the museum’s collection to encourage language development and spark lively conversations.

Making Impressions
Thursday, March 22, 10:15-11:00 am
Explore the Speed’s new exhibition, Women Artists in the Age of Impressionism, and learn more about this painting style and the subjects that inspired it.

Textures
Sunday, March 25, 2:00-2:45 pm
Enjoy this tactile tour that gives young learners an appropriate way to explore the museum environment through their sense of touch. Using a variety of props, this tour will help children match, sort, and describe textures in artworks while developing their vocabulary.

 

Professional Development for Early Childhood Educators
Professional development opportunities are available for early childhood educators who work with children who have not yet entered kindergarten. Workshops can be scheduled at the Museum or at your early childhood center. These workshops are led by a certified trainer and count towards annual training requirements. Topics range from how young children learn through art to best practices in early childhood art education and can be customized to suit your needs. Discounts are available for teachers who serve low to moderate income children.

 

 

Planet Preschool
This space, located within Art Sparks, helps our youngest visitors (ages two to five) and their care providers discover, explore, imagine and create together. Read a book, create a work of art, learn about the museum’s collection and more in a child-centered, age appropriate environment. Visit the Art Sparks page for more information about our hands-on interactive learning gallery.

 

Questions about Preschool Programs? Contact Lucy Kacir at lkacir@speedmuseum.org

 

Support for early childhood programming is provided by the PNC Foundation.