Little Hands, BIG ART!

It’s June and that means that Arty Pants is back at WMA. What is Arty Pants, you ask? Arty Pants is a quarterly class for toddlers (18 months to 4 years old) and their guardian that encourages exploration, play, and creativity. We begin each class with freestyle scribbling, sometimes with a prompt but usually it’s anything goes. Then we gather together to read a book that will inspire the artworks we create together. Over the four series class we work with different mediums and tools in order to create beautiful MESSterpieces!

But why would we subject ourselves to the absolute chaos that comes from putting toddlers and glue…or paint in the same room? Because it’s good for them! According to Chicago’s North Shore Pediatric Therapy Center, arts and crafts can help toddlers develop bilateral coordination, fine motor coordination, and self-regulation. Art is also a self-esteem builder and when creating together, art can help you bond with your little one. And it’s just plain fun!

What type of art activities are appropriate for toddlers? We have found that toddlers can accomplish more than one might initially think. With supervision, it’s good to let them explore, play, and make a mess! Just make sure that you use nontoxic materials and tools that are safe and age appropriate. With guidance, my Arty Pants students have drawn animals, created a torn paper landscape, painted beautiful mural style art works, built interactive noise makers, and more! This article from Hands On As We Grow suggests 30 great art activities to try with your toddler if you are looking for some inspiration. Just remember, it’s okay to make messes. Let them explore and express themselves in a safe, fun way!

So, are you ready to create a MESSterpiece with your toddler? If you’re not quite prepared to open your home up to the chaos, sign up for September’s Arty Pants class and let us clean up the mess! Learn more here:


Youth Art Education Policy

Outside of tours, family days, and open house events, individuals who are not enrolled in a class are not allowed in WMA classrooms except by written permission of the Executive Director. Parents may not join children in the classroom during instruction times in order to ensure an atmosphere conductive to creativity. It is important to limit the number of adults to keep the focus on the kids, their learning, and to accommodate limited seating in the studio. Parents are welcome to stay in the museum during class but must remain outside of the classroom during instruction time.

Museum educators are experienced in creating positive learning environments for all ages and are required to go through a background check to ensure the safety of our students. Parents and guardians are encouraged to visit the studio at the end of class to see what their child has created. All docents and volunteers working with children are also required to go through background checks.

Thank you for understanding our policy and priority on the safety and well-being of participating students.

Refund Policy

The Wiregrass Museum of Art may cancel any class with insufficient enrollment; students will be notified and given a full refund. If a student withdraws at least 1 week before the class begins, he/she will be refunded for the full cost of the class. If a student withdraws 24 hours before the class begins, he/she will be refunded for half the cost of the class. There are no refunds after the start date of class, and membership fees are nonrefundable. Students are not enrolled until complete payment is received.

Terms and Conditions

The Wiregrass Museum of Art reserves the right to photograph and reproduce chosen works publication, publicity, and educational purposes. Participation in this exhibition shall be an agreement on the part of the artist to these conditions. The museum reserves the right to exclude works submitted without appropriate preparation (documentation, mounting hardware, suitable frame/mat, etc.), or which are damaged or incomplete. The museum is not responsible for the safekeeping of any works left in its care ninety (90) days after the close of the exhibition.

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Mask Policy

WMA asks that all campers ages 5 and up wear a mask during their museum visit, including classes and camps. If you don’t have a mask, we can provide one for you. Exceptions can be made for those with documented respiratory or sensory issues. We thank you for protecting your fellow visitors and our staff!

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