MILWAUKEE -- A new art center is taking shape at the Milwaukee Art Museum, specifically designed to inspire kids.
The Kohl's Education Center opens to the public this weekend, but a group of fifth-grade students from Milwaukee Public School’s Mary McLeod Bethune Academy got a sneak peak Thursday.
“We've located this Center right in the middle of the Art Museum, and people can come and go out to the galleries and go back. It’s really a place to come look, consider and to create,” Milwaukee Art Museum Director of Education Brigid Globensky said.
The Kohl's Education Center has three creative spaces - including a hands-on art studio where kids can create their own art, a lab where kids become the curators and x-ray works of art, and an art gallery that includes Picasso's “The Rooster."
Animation is also the focus of the center's gallery. “It's really about the Art Museum as a place of inspiration. There are animators from Disney, Pixar and Dreamworks who have been inspired by works of art and it's really a fun place where kids can make their own stop-motion animation,” Globensky said.
“I'm animating my own artwork, so just testing it out,” fifth-grader Chris Leitzke, who tried the stop-motion animation machine said. “Taking blocks and moving it around. I think it's very cool.”
“This is a place where they can let loose their own creative spirit and begin to understand how works of art are made,” Globensky said.