via Ugo Rondinone, MOONRISE. east. january, 2005. Painted cast aluminum on steel plinth.
It’s never too early to appreciate art! Children are some of the world’s best artists, and these events are sure to inspire your little ones to create a true masterpiece. Art Week isn’t just for grown ups - many events are designed to reach all art appreciators no matter their age. So if you’re stuck in a summer rut already, skip the water park and bring your kids to Art Week.
Be drawn by the Portrait Studio at the Mars Cafe.
4 PM, Monday. Portrait Studio is a traveling art experience designed to bring unique art by real artists to communities and organizations. All artists have a unique style and practice outside of the studio. Portraits are $10 per face.
East Side Mural Tour + Bike Ride
5:30 PM, Monday. Join Des Moines City Ride for a bicycle tour of the East Side Murals and learn more about the project and the artists behind them. Meet at Third Space DSM (1707 E. Grand Avenue) at 5:30pm to screen print your own bike themed t-shirt with The Side Garage before the ride!
Rock the Des Moines Arts Festival Rock Painting Event
1 PM, Tuesday. Stop in any time between 1p-8pm to paint a couple rocks to be shared with the world as you visit the Des Moines Art Festival. There is a national kindness movement that involves painting, hiding and finding rocks.
Baby + Me Drop-In Tour at the Pappajohn Scultpure Park
11 AM, Wednesday. Adults are encouraged to bring their infants (pre-walkers) to an informal tour led by an Art Center docent. While conversation is geared for adults, babies love the visual stimulation of artwork.
Third Space Back Lot Bash
5 PM, Friday. Live Music and DJ sponsored by the Warren Morrow Latin Music Festival with free tacos! Graffiti art demonstrations and live mural painting with Miami based artists Diana Contreras, Nate Dee, and Amanda Valdes Neighborhood Tattoo Artist Showcase with Edgar Tenorio, Adan Gomez, and Ramon Ortiz.