Art Sparks at the Speed Art Museum

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    1-2 hours

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    A Little Messy

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What to expect?

  • Much of the museum is an “eyes-only” experience with pictures, paintings, sculptures and other collections ranging from early 1300s to contemporary artists. Art Sparks, a hands-on approach to art appreciation, is located in the lower level.
  • You may park either in the parking garage adjacent to the Speed or with on-street metered parking.
  • In addition to the exhibitions, the museum offers shopping and dining experiences.
  • Cost: Members FREE; Adults $18; Seniors (Age 60+) $12; Kids Age 4-17 $12; Kids Age 3 & Under Free
  • Visit online at

Question and Wonder:

  • When you think of the word “art,” what is the first thing to come to mind?
  • What are some different ways art can be expressed?
  • How has art creation changed over time?
  • Why do you think it changed?
  • What do you think art is for? why do we create it?
  • Why do we look at it?

Discussion and Conversations:

  • Observe a piece of art at the museum.
  • What does it make you think about?
  • Does it remind you of anything in your life?
  • How does that piece make you feel? What about it makes you feel that way?
  • Do you think you are seeing what the artist wanted you to see? Why?
  • At Art Sparks, how did you change a piece of art?
  • Why do you think each of us creates art differently?
  • What inspires you to be creative?
  • What type of art do you like to create?


  • Find a place at home to show off your creations. How would you describe them?
  • The first artists weren’t actually artists, they were humans that lived in caves. Most of the pictures found in caves were of animals and other symbols. These people did not have phones, email, or even snail mail. They had to communicate with other groups through these cave paintings. What do you think they were telling each other?
  • Create a list of symbols or pictures that represent events in your life.  Using only those symbols, “describe” a normal day. Show a family member. How did they interpret your day?

Did You Know:

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