Free Family Activity Guides are also available daily at GRAM’s Guest Services desk in the Museum Lobby, or below. These guides allow visitors to become detectives while exploring the galleries. Using riddles and clues, puzzles and haikus, kids and adults search for highlighted works of art and receive a prize upon completion.
Check back on this page often for more art-focused family activities in Grand Rapids, MI, at GRAM.
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Drop-In activities, Workshops, and Courses
Look. Discover. Create.
There are many ways to see and interpret the world. GRAM’s drop-in programs, workshops, and courses in the studio celebrate multiple perspectives, allowing learners of all ages to engage with original works of art and participate in creative, hands-on learning experiences. Develop new skills and techniques to observe and understand art, as well as the world around you! View the schedule of upcoming programs, below.
Every Saturday, 1:00-4:00pm
Escape the everyday and step into a world of creativity and new ideas. Drop in with friends or family to explore everything the studio has to offer, including hands-on art-making activities and interactive learning spaces. Free with admission.January 24: Mad Lab Landscapes, text and collage landscapes
January 31: Peculiar Plants, embossed prints with watercolor
February: Ice Paintings
Get your hands dirty while exploring the water in a solid form with brightly colored icecube paints. Create vibrant and abstract compositions inspired by the Edward Burtynsky:Water large scale photographs of the natural world.
March: Dry Ice Drawings
Continue the exploration of the three forms of water with an observational drawing activity in the studio. See the magic for yourself as water turns to vapor with demonstrations using dry ice. Illustrate the reaction and transformation with chalk pastels and subtractive drawing methods.
April: Water Colors
Dive into watercolor painting and experiment with traditional and contemporary techniques. Play with elements like color, line, and shapes to create a unique seascape painting in GRAMStudio.
Upcoming Workshops and Courses
Jewelry Workshop: Designing with Beach Glass
Saturday, March 28, 2015
10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Dive in to the creative process with this hands-on workshop for adults inspired by Edward Burtynsky: Water. Learn about the science of beach glass and apply ancient and contemporary jewelry making techniques to create a one of a kind accessory.
$10 for Members, $15 non-members
Click here to register.
Saturday, April 11, 2015
10:00 am – 12:00 noonExplore the world that lives below the surface to create an underwater scene using watercolor techniques. Celebrate the bright and vibrant colors of the season with a spring break workshop specially designed for parents and children. Learn from instructors about the different effects water can have in the creative process and work alongside your children to create meaningful memories together.
$20 per child for Members, $25 per child for non-members
$5 per parent for Members, $8 per parent for non
Click here to register.
Purposeful Play + Artful Learning
Parents and Educators can now explore and experience GRAM’s collection with infants and young learners while creating meaningful memories together. Purposeful Play + Artful Learning lesson plans and discovery packs allow adults and children ages 05 to discover all the Museum has to offer through activities designed to increase fine and gross motor skills, further cognitive and emotional development with discovery and play, and activate interpersonal communication.
Who’s Who in the Studio
Katie Williams is the Studio Programs Coordinator at GRAM. She received a BFA in Art Education from Kendall College of Art & Design in May of 2010. Katie enjoys sharing her passion for printmaking and creative experimentation with students and families at GRAM. In her spare time she enjoys listening to music, running & yoga, and going on urban adventures. Katie also loves grilled cheese sandwiches; ask her about all of the different cheese combinations she has tried!
Judy Tyner became involved with the docent program at the Grand Rapids Art Museum a year before retiring from teaching. She has always enjoyed creating art as well as learning about art history. She loves teaching and loves being involved in the arts with a great group of people so being at GRAM is a perfect transition for her.
Liz Foster is a recent graduate from Kendall College of Art & Design, with a degree and certification in K-12 Art Education. She enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for art with families at Drop-In: Family Saturdays and as a camp counselor at GRAM’s Summer Art Camps. When she is not making or teaching art Liz can be found outside riding her horse, hiking, and camping. Head down to the studio to meet Liz and find out more about her!
Mitch Moore is currently an Art Education student at Grand Valley State University. He enjoys creating new works of art, building computers, reading books, watching movies, children’s cartoons and spending time with his wife and two dogs. When he can spare the time he also saves the world one video game at a time.
Visiting the Education Center
Save money by parking in the Monroe Center Parking Ramp (entrance on Ionia Ave.). One hour of free parking is available daily before 6:00 pm.
Children 5 and under receive free admission; youth admission for visitors ages 6 – 17 is only $5!
As a family friendly facility, children of all ages are welcome! Elevators and ramps are easy for families with strollers and baby changing stations are available in many restrooms.
Remind your family about the following guidelines, which apply to all art museum visitors:
Do not touch works of art in the galleries. Even clean hands leave dirt and oils behind that are harmful to works of art.
No running in the Art Museum
Stay together throughout your visit and enjoy learning from each other.
Food and drinks are not permitted in the galleries
Staff and volunteers in bright yellow T-shirts are here to help with any questions you might have. We look forward to seeing you and yours soon!
How Families Learn at the Art Museum
The Art Museum plans programs for families that will spark a child’s interest in the arts. Every work of art in the galleries is special and filled with surprises, so don’t try to see the entire museum in just one day. Spending a longer time looking at and discussing just a few of your favorites, will enhance the connection your family makes to the inspiring objects on view.
By engaging with original works of art and participating in creative and interactive learning experiences, your children will develop skills that are necessary for success in all school subjects.
Did you know that:
- The arts teach children that problems can have more than one solution and that questions can have more than one answer.
- The arts celebrate multiple perspectives. One of their large lessons is that there are many ways to see and interpret the world
- The arts help children learn to say what cannot be said. When children are invited to disclose what a work of art helps them feel, they must reach into their poetic capacities to find the words that will do the job.
Birthday Party Programming
Celebrate your child’s birthday with a museum experience like none other.
GRAM birthday parties for ages 5 to 12 bring groups together to explore the museum’s exciting collection of prints, drawings, paintings, and sculptures. Select from a variety of fun themes that encourage discovery in the galleries and hands-on creativity in the Education Center Studio. All birthday parties include admission to GRAM, instructor lead tours, imaginative gallery activities, art-making workshops, and access to interactive spaces.
*We require at least 1 chaperone for every 10 children.
·Instructor led tours through GRAM’s galleries
·Studio art-making workshops, photo booths, and interactive spaces
·A separate for gifts & snacks
*Tables & bench seating provided
$100 baseline cost (includes admission for birthday boy/girl & 2 chaperones)
$8 admission for each child
$50 additional fee for Premium Package: Behind the Scenes at GRAM
A minimum of two instructors will be provided for gallery tours, studio workshops, and general birthday party needs.
Faces & Places – Portrait/Collage workshop – GRAM’s Collection
Global Adventures – GRAM’s Collection
Animated Animals at GRAM – Clay workshop – GRAM’s Collection
The Perspective – Perspective/Painting workshop- GRAM’s Collection
Premium Package: Behind the Scenes at GRAM
For scheduling and more information on Birthday Party Tours at GRAM please contact:
Studio Programs Coordinator
Plan a Family and Friends Tour
Share the Experience
Group visits at GRAM are a great way to share the power of art through learning and conversation in the galleries!
Experience our world-class architecture, dynamic temporary exhibitions, and the stunning treasures of our permanent collection with your friends, family, colleagues, or community. GRAM’s unique environment provides an ideal setting for your next group outing, so call to set up a visit today!
Groups of 10 or more guests qualify for discounted group admission pricing, as well as a discount in the Museum Store.
Explore the works of art on view with a docent-guided tour of the galleries, or schedule your own tour at a time that works for you! See the calendar page for the dates, times, and themes for each tour. All drop-in tours are free with Museum admission; tours held on Meijer Free Tuesdays are FREE!
Learning to Look
A great way to start your museum experience at GRAM! By engaging in conversation about the formal qualities of art, gain understanding of the art-making process and unlock the choices artists make to tell their stories. Learn skills that can be used to understand art in any setting.
Experience the green features of world’s first LEED Gold Certified art museum. A guided conversation takes you through an investigation of the building and works of art inside.
Special Exhibition Tour
See Current Exhibitions: http://www.artmuseumgr.org/art/current-exhibitions/
See Future Exhibitions: http://www.artmuseumgr.org/art/future-exhibitions/
Explore the array of dynamic and prominent traveling exhibitions right here in Grand Rapids. Temporary art exhibitions change regularly. Please see the attached form for current and upcoming exhibitions.
Share the experience with your family members of all ages! Select from one of GRAM’s guided tour themes, from above, for a unique family outing.
Schedule a Tour
To make a reservation for your group tour please click here: GRAM Adult Group Reservation Form
Or contact Andrea Morgan at 616.831.2930 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
You may also use this form to assist in scheduling a tour: Group Tour Menu
Please download this form for more information: GRAM Groups
Group Visit and GRAM Guided Tour Pricing:
A group must consist of at least 10 individuals.
Adult (18 +): $7.00 per person
Senior (62+): $6.00 per person
College (with valid ID): $6.00 per person
Youth (17 and under): $4.00 per person
Adult Group Leader: Free – one person designated per group
GRAM Members: Free (for self-guided, admission rates apply for guided tours)
To learn more about all the tours GRAM offers visit the tours page here.