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, 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.

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.


New! Discover shapes. Learn about the differences between geometric and organic shapes by playing with translucent objects at the large-scale light table.

Back by popular demand, test your motor skills, creative thinking strategies, problem-solving skills, and teamwork to construct a giant city made from colorful and natural building blocks.

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


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.


New! Dress Up! Choose from an assortment of costumes resembling famous artists like painter Vincent Van Gogh and fashion icon Vivienne Westwood. Draw your own background using the large-scale chalk wall. Then, take your photo and send a friend or family member a digital souvenir from your visit using the Artist Photo Booth.

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.