Daniel and Mary B. Kraus ARTSpace

Daniel M. and Mary B. Kraus’ generous gift to the Appleton has enabled us to open the ARTSpace to the community. The ARTSpace is designed to engage adults and children in hands-on art experiences through colorful activity stations and projects that relate to the understanding of art. Make a mosaic with magnets, build with Lego® or draw on our glasswall. The ARTSpace and all supplies are free for children and members; included in the cost of admission for adults. Tuesday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday: Noon-4 p.m. ARTSpace and all supplies are free for children, included in the cost of admission for adult nonmembers. For more information, contact Mary Moore, 352-291-4455, ext. 1613.

After-School Explorations

Ages 7-12, Tuesdays, 3-4:30 p.m.
Five-Week Sessions

After-school Explorations are five-week sessions, each focusing on a different medium and theme. To register your child, email Mary Moore or click here to register online. Upon submission of the form, if you are not redirected to the payment page or have trouble making a payment, please contact Mary Moore, 352-291-4455, ext. 1613.

Members $75 per session; Nonmembers $100 per session

January 5-February 2, 2016

Use clay to create works of art with a variety of hand-building techniques.

February 16-March 15, 2016

Gain confidence in the art of drawing while working from both observation and imagination.

First Saturday

First Saturday of the Month, 1-3 p.m.

Have family fun in the Appleton's ARTSpace! Join us on the first Saturday of each month from 1-3 p.m. for age-appropriate art making for children ages 4 and older. Adults are welcome to participate.

Each First Saturday art activity will focus on a different artist.

Free for members and children; included in the cost of admission for adult nonmembers. No registration required.

February 6, March 5, April 2, May 7

Half-Day Happenings

All Ages, 1:30-3 p.m.

Half-day Happenings are a perfect way to spend Marion County Public School Early- Release Days -- and a great way to discover the Appleton! Pick up an "assignment" at the front desk, enjoy the exhibitions and then visit the ARTSpace for a fun, hands-on art-making experience.

Free for members and children; adult nonmembers pay regular museum admission. No registration necessary. For more information, email Mary Moore or call 352-291-4455, ext. 1613.

February 24, April 6, May 18

ARTy Parties

Bring a group of friends, celebrate a birthday or host a team-building workshop. The education staff will work with you to provide a creative, hands-on experience that is appropriate for any occassion. children's themed birthdays include printable party invitations and ARTY Party bags. Call Mary Moore for more information, 352-291-4455, ext. 1613

    ARTy Parties include:
  • Admission to the museum for up to 15 children
  • Exclusive use of the ARTSpace for two hours
  • Museum staff as party host
  • Printable party invitations
  • Age appropriate hands-on art activity
  • Appleton ARTy Party bags
  • Clean up
    ARTy Party Themes

    Bridewood Birthday: Learn about Mr. Appleton, his Bridlewood Farm and his love of horses by viewing the horse painting he purchased for the museum. Gallop back to the ARTSpace to create your own horse picture using collage and paint.

    Travel to Asia: View some of the Appleton's Asian art and then create an Asian-inspired piece in the ARTSpace. Do you like dragons, a painted fan or a screen? Choose one for your art experience.

    Build-A-Bot: Build a what? Drawing from artwork in the Appleton's galleries, children will have an inventive time assembling a robot using a variety of materials. Each child will take home their own standing robot.

    Make a Mask: Get inspired by some of the Appleton's unusual masks, then color and decorate your own to wear or hang on your wall.

    Canvas Masterpiece: Put your canvas on an easel and paint like a master. Choose an artist you would like to learn about and get inspired. Paint an original worthy of framing! Choose ONE artist for your party: Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, Jackson Pollock, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse or Georgia O'Keeffe.

    ARTy PARTY Fee

    Members: $250, Nonmembers: $300

  • Party fees include up to 15 children
  • Additional children or adults may be added at $20 per person
  • There is no additional charge for art supplies or materials
  • Families are responsible for providing cake, beverages, decorations and all paper products
  • Ice cream, homemade products, ballons and flowers are not allowed at ARTy Parties
  • A 50% deposit is due within 7 days of making a reservation and payment in-full is due one week prior to the date of the party.
  • Noble Crumb offers cupcakes, French macaroons, personalized chocolates and more, if you're looking for a unique option for refreshments. Visit NobleCrumb on Facebook for more information.

    To Book your ARTy Party

    ARTy Party scheduling is subject to availability. Please provide 3-4 weeks advance notice when scheduling a party. To reserve your ARTy Party, or for more information, email Marie Fielding or call 352-291-4455, ext. 1558.