Woman and girl painting at a table in the Paint Studio

Escape the Heat & Enjoy Family Fun at the DAM

Things to See & Do in July

All of the following exhibitions and activities are included with general admission, which is free for members and youth 18 and younger. Visitors with a SNAP card receive discounted general admission.

Pop on over to Cuentos del Arte

Join our cuentista, or master storyteller, on July 6, 2019, for Free First Saturday where she will share the story of the Moon Rope. Stories are bilingual and will begin at 11:30 am and 1 pm.

young girl at Create-n-Take cart

Spark Your Creativity at a Create-n-Take

Take a moment to slow down and notice the colorful details in Jordan Casteel: Returning the Gaze. At the Hand in Hand Create-n-Take, use colors and patterns inspired by Casteel’s work to create your own hand portrait that represents you, a loved one, or maybe even someone you do not know.

Artist Marie Watt’s colorful artwork, Butterfly, symbolizes two women’s happiness while dancing. Challenge yourself to make a piece of art that describes how you feel with only colors and shapes at the Shape of Feelings Create-n-Take.

It’s Plaza Playtime

On weekdays 11 am–2 pm, head to the green cart on Martin Plaza to pick up a booklet of cards with fun ways to experience our outdoor sculpture and discover the amazing architecture of the Hamilton Building and the North Building. A staff member will be on hand to share insights, answer questions, and help you see things differently.

Shine at Create Playdate

This month at Create Playdate, we are playing with light and shadow. We will be joined by the Central City Opera for a special performance—you won’t want to miss this! Meet us on level three 10 am–2 pm to get started. Create Playdate Is best for 3–5 year olds, but older and younger siblings are always welcome.

Illuminate Yourself in the First Light Family Space

Step into the shining world of the new First Light Family Space and try hand-on activities inspired by The Light Show. Capture nature’s shadows, experiment with transparency and color on overhead projectors, mix patterns to cast bold shadows, and design a wearable mirror.

kids spinning tops in the Serious Play exhibition

Summer Brings Serious Play

Come tinker, climb, imagine and play in Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America. Experiment with spinning tops, arrange vinyl Colorforms, and build with a House of Cards. Stop in the Free Play Zone at the end of the exhibition with animal masks and a theater, an artist-created climbing structure, and an area for constructing with the Tyng toy, a life-size building system.

Paint Studio

Discover the world of painting by experimenting with watercolor techniques, exploring the idea of painting en plein air, or using paper marbling to create an abstract work of art. Located on level one of the Hamilton Building, the Paint Studio is open seven days a week during regular museum hours, with demonstrations from local artists every weekend from noon to 3 pm.

Join artist Leticia Tanguma on July 6–7 as she demonstrates oil and acrylic portraiture techniques. Next, artist Angela Craven, an abstract expressionist painter who creates colorful nonrepresentational artworks that examine overcoming grief through empathy painting, will be demoing on July 13–14 & 20–21. And finally, at the end of the month join Lucía Rodríguez as she investigates how colors interact with and relate to one another through her paintings, and discusses her use of color in her demonstrations on July 27–28.

Emely de Jesus is the Spanish bilingual intern for family and community programs in the department of learning and engagement at the Denver Art Museum.