Star Studio

The IMA’s Star Studio provides families with young children the opportunity to imagine, explore, create, share, and collaborate in an interactive environment.

The Star Studio is open during regular museum hours and is located on Floor 2. On Saturday and Sunday, drop by the Star Studio Classroom to create a Make and Take Studio while working side-by-side with an IMA Teaching Artist.

Please note that Star Studio is closed to the general public on Wednesdays from 11 am to 12:30 pm for wee Wednesdays.

Star Studio is closed from November 9 to 25 for a reinstallation. On the weekends of November 14 and 15 and November 21 and 22, look for the Star(lite) Art Cart in Pulliam Great Hall, a mobile art-making cart that is facilitated by an IMA Teaching Artist.

Educational programming is made possible by BKD CPA’s and Advisors.


Learn about the elements of art, line, shape, color, texture, and space. Create works using traditional and non-traditional mediums to take home. Materials change daily.


The Explore section is designed as a sensory play experience. Currently on exhibit, the life size Lite Brite, is a 7-foot wide wall vibrantly glowing with an array of colored pegs. The wall promotes the basics of color theory, imagination and the development of motor skills.


Engineer a structure based on architectural principles and simple physics using motor skills, creative thinking, problem-solving, and teamwork. Materials include building blocks in assorted colors and sizes, and construction hats.

This section also includes iPads available for a unique interactive experience. Currently, visitors can create their own bug using the Bug Builder app developed by Sago mini.


Pointillize yourself! Use an iPad app to create a digital self-portrait in the style of the pointillists.


IMA teaching artist Paula Scott-Frantz designed a series of hand-drawn frames inspired by the IMA's permanent collection and her own creative processes. Use your imagination! Help is complete our gallery wall by drawing a picture inside one of the frames.

Families with Infants and Toddlers

Star Studio is designed as a family friendly space. We welcome the use of strollers, diaper bags, bottles, and much more. Amenities that may ease your experience at the IMA include Family Restrooms with changing stations and a Nursing Mothers Room.