Rubin Museum of Art
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  • Today: 11 a.m - 9 p.m.

  • The museum is closed on Christmas, Thanksgiving, and New Year's Day.

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Family Art Labs

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Explore intriguing paintings, sculptures, and objects in the museum's exhibitions and let them inspire your own works of art. 

Second Saturday of the month
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
 
Ages 5 and older and their adult friends 

Ticket Information


April • Spice Market


Saturday, April 12th 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Explore the new exhibition, Bodies in Balance, and how our senses are connected to the five elements: earth, water, fire, air, and space.  Create your own scents in an incense-making workshop where we’ll experiment with a variety of aromatic Tibetan spice blends!

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May Movement Workshop


Saturday, May 10th 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Discover traditional Tibetan Medicine healing techniques in the exhibition, Bodies in Balance.  Learn how movement can affect how we feel by joining a special guest yoga instructor in a movement session, followed by art-making where we’ll sculpt our favorite yoga poses!

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June  Magical Masks!

Saturday, June 14th 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Uncover stories behind the masks in the museum’s collection and create your own masks to transform you into fantastical characters from your imagination.

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July  Himalayan Sounds!

Saturday, July 12th 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Visit the Tibetan Shrine Room to hear monks chanting and see ceremonial instruments. Explore the galleries to discover musical instruments in the artworks.  Make your own instrument from recycled, natural and found materials. Join us for a musical workshop!

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Check out blog posts about our previous Family Art Labs!

The Art of Nepali Paper Making
Bead Dazzle
A Parade for Ganesh
Print, Print, Print!

Making Mountain Music

Gold Leaf Sculptures

Raja-Rani: King and Queen

Magical Masks
Tibetan Felting

Sand Mandala
Puppeteering
Green Greetings

New Family Art Lab Ticket Prices for 2014*: $18 per adult/child pair; $15 for each additional child; 10% off for members. For additional adults regular museum fees apply; Free for children under 1 year.

Tickets include gallery admission and are non-refundable and non-exchangeable. All programs are subject to change. All programs begin in the Education Center located at 132 West 17th Street.

Tickets for this class tend to sell out in advance, to ensure your space we reccomend purchasing tickets in advance.

 

Frequently Asked Questions on Family Art Labs

What is the format of a Saturday Family Art Lab?
What are the goals of Family Art Labs?
How can I prepare my kids for our visit to the Rubin Museum of Art?
Is it required that both child and adult participate in all Family Art Lab activities?
Will we be able to draw in the galleries?
What if I bring more than one child or more than one adult?

 

What is the format of a Saturday Family Art Lab?

Here's a schedule of a typical Art Lab:

2:00-2:10 p.m.: Welcome and sign-in
2:10-2:25 p.m.: Presentation on Art Lab theme
2:30-3:00 p.m.: Gallery exploration 
3:00-4:00 p.m.: Art-making 

Each month we explore a new theme.  The art-making activity will be centered on that special theme.  Your Museum Educator will guide your art-making with techniques and a brief demonstration of the project and will then let you explore a variety of art materials for making the project on your own.  Creativity is encouraged!

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What are the goals of Family Art Labs?

Our main goal is for you and your family to have a fun experience together at the Rubin Museum of Art.  Other goals include learning about something new – whether it’s Himalayan puppetry, gold-leafing, mask-making or sand mandalas!

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How can I prepare my kids for our visit to the Rubin Museum of Art?

Before your visit:

  • Talk about the museum rules with your child (NO running.  NO food or drink.  NO touching the artworks).
  • Discuss with your child the theme of the Art Lab and what they might do/see.
  • Find out what exhibitions will be open during your visit.

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Is it required that both child and adult participate in all Family Art Lab activities?

 We strongly believe that children learn best with the presence and support of a significant adult.  Your enthusiasm and participation will encourage your child to be fully engaged in the workshop.

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Will we be able to draw in the galleries?

 Yes.  ONLY pencils are allowed in the galleries (NO crayons, pens, or markers).   During the gallery exploration portion of the Art Lab, your family will be given an Activity Guide for drawing purposes and to help create a more engaging museum experience.

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What if I bring more than one child or more than one adult?

Tickets are $16 for first adult/child pair and $16 each additional child.  Additional adults are asked to pay regular museum admission fees.  Children under 1 get in free.

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