Discover, think and create anytime using the Des Moines Art Center's virtual resources!
Virtual Tours: The Des Moines Art Center launched virtual tours of their permanent collections and special exhibitions in March 2020. The tours allow visitors to click through the extensive collections as if they were at the museum, walking through the galleries. Des Moines Art Center virtual tours are presented in partnership with EMC Insurance Companies.
Slow Art Day: Slow Art Day is an annual, international event that asks museums and their visitors to focus on looking at art actively, intentionally, and slowly. This experience emphasizes personal and collective meaning making — prioritizing knowledge
which is gained from personal observation as well as the observations of others.
Coffee Filter Tie Dye: Looking for a fun activity for the whole family? Here is a fun art project that is both Art Center-approved and easily accomplished at home. To prepare you will need: coffee filters, washable markers, a cup of water, paper towels, and tape.
Permanent Collections: The permanent collections are comprised of 20th-and 21st- century works of modern and contemporary art. In addition, there are singular examples from other styles and cultures including the Renaissance, Impressionism, and post-Impressionism; and 18th- and 19th- century Japanese woodblock prints. The entire collection currently stands at more than 5,000 works of art.
Entirely Kids Exploring the Museum: Looking, thinking, and talking about artwork is a fun way to experience the museum. Here are four topics to consider as you move through the virtual galleries online.
Pappajohn Sculpture Park Puppets: To make your own puppets, grab your crayons, markers, or colored pencils and color the sheet. Cut along the dotted lines. Attach to a straw, popsicle stick, or writing utensil. Voila! You now have a Pappajohn Sculpture Park puppet. Marvel at your new indoor sculpture park.
Entirely Kids Museum Bingo: Look in the virtual galleries to find a unique work of art for each square. To win BINGO you must find five horizontal, vertical, or diagonal squares in a row. Cross the squares off as you find them. As an extra challenge, try “blackout bingo” and find art for all of the squares.
Member Benefit - Zoom Backgrounds: Are you tired of straightening your living room before every Zoom call? Ready to spice up your daily virtual meetings? The Art Center has you covered with custom Zoom backgrounds of artwork from our permanent collections. Members are invited to download artistic backdrops as our gift to you!
Art Center Grounds Walking Guide: Think of it as a road map to learning! This brochure is packed with fascinating information about the sculptures on the Art Center grounds, as well as open-ended activities that provide pathways for exploring art.
Making Art Connections: Using a work from the Art Center’s collection as inspiration, look with intention at your surroundings—both inside and out—to find compositions, gestures, moods, colors, etc. that recall the “inspiration” artwork, and then snap a photo. It’s amazing how quickly you’ll discover that art exists in the everyday!
Viewing Art with Essential Workers: The Des Moines Art Center believes that access to art belongs to everyone, and that a simple conversation around works of art between two strangers is a perfect way to enjoy our shared humanity. Here from those serving our community in essential roles to connect with her one-on-one to virtually view and discuss works in the Art Center's collection.
Webcasts: The Art Center offers webcasts on a variety of topics. Explore the recordings we have to offer!
Pappajohn Sculpture Park Exploration Guide: This interactive guide offers pathways for exploring art. The activities are open ended, don’t require materials or expertise, and create ways to personally engage with the sculptures. The following icons represent different learning activities that can be used to support you and your group.
Pappajohn Sculpture Park Audio Tour: This tour is provided free except for the minutes used on your cell phone. Stop audio lasts between 1 and 4 minutes depending on the sculpture. You may stay connected as you explore the park, or hang up and call back as often as you like. To discontinue a stop and proceed to another, press the # key on your phone followed by the new stop number.