The Rockwell is Questioning Identity in 2019. Read all about it>>


KIDS ROCKWELL Art Lab is a new interactive family studio, located just around the corner from the Museum at 36 E. Market St. in Corning.

Young art explorers will love getting creative with hands-on projects; families will love the opportunity for exciting and authentic playtime in a relaxed, drop-in environment. Activity stations at the Art Lab are all inspired by the artwork and architecture of The Rockwell, with the goal of making art accessible to kids and inspiring an appreciation for art at a young age. The best part? Kids and teens (17 and under) are free!

We are now accepting reservations for birthday parties at the Art Lab for March 2019 and beyond! Learn more

  • 36 E. Market Street, Corning, NY
  • Regular Museum admission rates apply – your ticket accesses both Rockwell locations
  • Start your Rockwell experience at either location
  • Children must be supervised

What’s new at KIDS ROCKWELL Art Lab?

In 2019, The Rockwell’s exhibitions and events unite through the theme of “Questioning Identity” – including the hands-on activities at KIDS ROCKWELL Art Lab. What does the clothing we choose say about who we are? How do the everyday objects we choose reflect our personality? Through creative play and art projects, explore what makes people unique!

  • Make a Puppet!
    Get creative and customize a puppet! Choose your puppet’s clothes, hair, and facial expressions, then, put on a performance at our puppet theater or introduce them to a new home in the Cardboard Village.
  • Haudenosaunee Garment Design
    Working from a library of beadwork designs inspired by pieces on view in the Rockwell’s Haudenosaunee Gallery, you’ll use the light table to trace beadwork on clothing templates typical of Haudenosaunee regalia, or clothing intended for special occasions.

  • Blanket Story Sampler
    Artist Marie Watt collects donated blankets to create her towering blanket sculptures. Along with the blankets, she collects blanket stories. Use patterned papers to create a miniature version of your own blanket story.

  • Draw Big! Portraits
    Use a mirror to create a self-portrait, or ask your family members to pose for one another. Remember, a picture is worth a thousand words, so try to capture the personality of the person you’re drawing. Tear your portraits off to take home, or leave them behind to create a community!
  • Cardboard Village
    Time to populate the Cardboard City! Use your puppets to create communities in Cardboard City – where do people live and work? Are there schools in the Cardboard Village? Are there houses?  It’s Cardboard City, with people – the possibilities are endless!
  • Magnet Boards – Piece together Rockwell artworks with interactive magnet puzzles!


LeChase Construction, LLCCustom-built furniture for the KIDS ROCKWELL Art Lab generously provided by LeChase Construction Services, LLC.


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