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The Modern Announces Spring 2012 Children’s Programs

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth has announces their children’s programs for spring 2012. Programs include docent tours and drawing sessions.

Focus, Focus, Focus!

This new program for children between the ages of nine and 12 takes a closer look at the contemporary art in this season’s FOCUS exhibitions, featuring artists KAWS, Katie Paterson, and Ged Quinn. Each class spends time in the galleries looking and discussing the work and then proceeds to the studio for an art activity to further discussion. Sign up early; space is limited.

Saturdays, 10 am-noon
Per session: $20; $15 for members

February 4-Looking at FOCUS: KAWS
March 3-Looking at FOCUS: Katie Paterson
April 7-Looking at FOCUS: Ged Quinn

Scholarships are available; for information, call 817.840.2121.

Drawing from the Collection for Children

Drawing from the Collection for Children is now double the fun! This spring, two program sessions will be offered, one for ages five to eight and one for ages nine to 12. Each free session is led by an artist who takes participants through informal drawing exercises in relation to works in the Modern’s collection. Children under the age of six must be accompanied by an adult during the program. Bring a sketchbook and pencils. Attendance is limited; early arrival is encouraged. A sign-up sheet is located at the front desk.

First Sundays of the month
2-3:30 pm

February 5-John Alexander Taylor (ages five to eight) and Linnea Glatt (ages nine to 12)
March 4-Adam Palmer (ages five to eight) and Michael Blair (ages nine to 12)
April 1-Billy Zinser (ages five to eight) and Micah Yarborough (ages nine to 12)
May 6-Kayli House Cusick (ages five to eight) and Jin-Ya Huang (ages nine to 12)

Wonderful Wednesdays

Wonderful Wednesdays is now twice as nice, offered every second and third Wednesday of the month. This program for families with young children is led by a docent and includes a gallery project designed by the education department. Both the tour and project focus on a few works in the Modern’s collection. Registration is not required, but a sign-up sheet is provided at the front desk the day of the program. Attendance is limited; admission is free.

4-4:45 pm

February 8 and 15-Visiting the work of Joseph Cornell
March 14 and 21-Visiting the work of Vija Celmins
April 11 and 18-Visiting the work of Robert Rauschenberg
May 9 and 16-Visiting the work of Carl Andre

Ten Pages

Remember to check out our sketchbooks for children of all ages. These free sketchbooks are available at the admission desk.

Tours led by Museum-trained docents provide a unique experience based on close viewing and conversation. All tours are free to the public with admission to the galleries. Groups with special needs are always welcome. For more information or to schedule a tour, please contact the tour coordinator at 817.840.2119 or

Public Tours

Docent-led tours of the galleries are offered Tuesday through Sunday at 2 pm. A tour focusing on architecture is available on the first Saturday of each month at 11 am; a tour focused specifically on special exhibitions is available at 2 pm on the first Saturday of each month. Public Spanish-language tours are also available on the first Sunday of each month at 2 pm. These tours do not require prior arrangements and begin in the Museum lobby.

Teen/Artist Project

The Teen/Artist Project pairs area high school students with artists as teachers and aims to expand the students’ art practices, introducing new concepts, artists, and media. Each visiting artist leads students through an investigation of modern and contemporary art in the galleries and related projects in the Museum studio. A total of 15 students from the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades will be accepted to participate in the eight-month course based on their applications and accompanying materials; a limited number of slots will become available in January, when students can enter to participate in a spring “half-course.” Class sessions meet at the Modern from 2 to 5 pm most Sundays, September through April. The program is free of charge for those who are accepted. Students are required to make a firm commitment to the program, attending class regularly, and must be available for one weekend in May during the annual Teen/Artist Project exhibition. Applications for the 2012-2013 session will be available at on April 1 and are due September 7.

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