de Youngsters Studio
A Space for Families
Located in an area of the de Young that is free and open to the public, the de Youngsters studio is for families with children of all ages, offering activities created for visitors ages 3–8 to explore together with an accompanying adult. The space is open during regular museum hours.
The de Youngsters Studio provides tools for understanding the unique role that visual arts play in fostering children’s innate curiosity and, using examples from the collections of the de Young museum, demonstrates methods to engage with art.The design of the space leverages new technologies to prompt exploration, curiosity, and discovery. In accordance with the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the technological components are carefully designed to create open-ended outcomes that are augmented when used with the help of an adult. Each of the areas incorporates these technologies differently; for example, while one employs touch sensors that allow for color mixing on a wall-like surface, another uses cameras that let children virtually place their creations within images of the museum galleries using AR interface.
de Youngsters Studio Discovery Guides
Pick up a free Discovery Guide in the Studio before heading into the collections. You and your child can use the simple questions and creative activities to slow down, look closely, and understand a work of art. Have fun!
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de Youngsters Studio: Imaginative Hats Inspired by Nick Cave’s Soundsuits
Create your own hat using found materials.
de Youngsters Studio: Landscape Art Making Inspired by "California Spring"
Create your own landscape inspired by Albert Bierstadt.
de Youngsters Studio: Reflect and Resist
Create personal anti-racist messages that express your family values.
de Youngsters Studio: Spirit Board Art Making Inspired by New Guinea Collection
Create your own spirit board to honor a person or an aspect of nature.
de Youngsters Studio: Ex-Votos, A Mexican Tradition of Special Narrative Paintings
Create an ex-voto painting about an important event.
de Youngsters: Make a View Camera a “Portal on the Past” Inspired by Willard Worden
Create a view camera from household materials to see the world around you in a new way.
de Youngsters Studio: Horizon Line Collage Inspired by Ed Ruscha
Create a landscape collage of your ideal place.
de Youngsters Studio: Get Out the Vote Postcard Printing
Create your own printing tools to make Get Out the Vote postcards.
de Youngsters Studio: Yard Show Art Making Inspired by Joe Minter
Create a yard show using found materials to share a social message with your community.
de Youngsters Studio: Pirate Paper Inspired by Peter Coffin
By the looks of this pirate, there are some adventures to tell! Make 'pirate paper' for a treasure map, a story, a poem, or a pirate riddle.
de Youngsters Studio: Mixed-Media Collage Inspired by Ronald Lockett’s “Poison River”
Create a mixed-media collage of a habitat and animal that illustrates your hopes for the environment.
de Youngsters Open Studio: Powerful Portraits
Create a portrait inspired by Andrea McCoy Harvey’s Afro Goddess.
de Youngsters Studio: Memory Book Inspired by Jennifer Bartlett’s "Four Seasons"
Make an illustrated book that captures moments of your life!
de Young’s Permanent Collection Discovery Guide
Use this family guide to explore our galleries. You and your child can use its simple questions and fun activities to slow down, look closely, and understand a work of art. Have fun!
de Youngsters Studio Discovery Guides
Use our family guides to explore composition, color, sculpture, texture, form, and shape.
Presenting Sponsor: Koret Foundation. Major Support: Alaska Airlines, Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne, The Art Party, The Harris Family, and Diane B. Wilsey. Significant Support: Adobe and The William G. Irwin Charity Foundation. Generous Support: William and Gretchen Kimball Fund. Additional support is provided by Daphne and Stuart Wells, Thomas and Shelagh Rohlen, and family and friends in memory of Florence Wong. Creative Partner: fuseproject / Yves Behar. Design Build Partner: Tellart. Additional in-kind support is provided by Kvadrat and Samsung.