Art Studio

Our Art Studio is a permanent exhibit, included in your trip to the Children’s Discovery Museum. The studio follows a “Teaching for Artistic Behavior” model. This choice-based, self-guided approach offers five individual media centers to explore. Each center follows a monthly theme with implementation of STEAM principles (science, technology, engineering, arts and math). All ages and stages are welcome! Check out the Art Studio on the third floor of the Museum near the elevator, and see what you can create today!

Pre-registration is required for programs. There will be no ticket sales at the door. This to maintain safety and program quality. Thank you for your understanding.

Illinois Art Station Residency:

The Children's Discovery Museum is pleased to welcome Illinois Art Station (IAS) into our Art Studio for a new programming partnership! Beginning in September 2023, an IAS staff person will be stationed “in residence” in the Art Studio between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturdays to support guided and independent art activities. IAS will also curate self-guided art activities for Art Studio visitors throughout the week. Click here to learn more.

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Family Paint Time at the CDM Art Studio


Select Saturdays from 3-5 p.m.
Ages: Children in grades K-5 and adults
Cost: $40 Members / Museums for All
 $45 Non-Members / Play Pass

Join us for a fun opportunity to create and paint together as a family! Each family ticket (one adult & one child) includes two canvases that you will keep. All art supplies needed are provided and guided instruction is given. No prior painting experience is required!

  • This is a family program for children and adults to enjoy together.
  • Please review our Policies and Procedures, including our current masking policy.

Professional Development Workshop for K-12 Teachers:
Cross-Curricular Collaborations & Arts Integration

9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28

A collaboration among the Children’s Discovery Museum, Illinois Art Station and University Galleries of ISU, this professional development workshop for K-12 teachers focuses on the cross-curricular connections between art, math, science, literature and more. Participants will visit each of the three locations during the day, with an hour-long break for lunch. There will be a tour of each site, and everyone will receive lesson plans you can use with your class. Participants will also receive free admission passes for their families to play in the Museum. Six teacher professional development hours will be provided through ROE #17. Details of the event will be sent to participants after registration.