Grab your mini Monet or little Van Gogh (and your messy art clothes) and get ready to paint the town red, blue and every other color of the rainbow this weekend. Admire giant dragon kites (or paint your own), watch artists work, bug out with a creepy-crawly art project, or get the whole family involved with hands-on activities at the Portland Art Museum and local studios. Best of all: You don’t have to clean up the mess!


Messy Monkey Art Time: Bugs!
Children will make dragonflies, butterflies, ants, beetles, and spiders out of materials found in the studio. Please register in advance. Fri, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm, ages 1-5, $6/hr. Event Details.

An Artist A Day
Bring little ones to see real working artists everyday of April at Muse Art and Design. As each piece of art is completed, the works are displayed and auctioned through silent bid at Muse Art and Design to benefit Schoolhouse Supplies. Opens Fri, noon 5:00 pm, free, all ages. Event Details.


PAM: Sundays for Families
Enjoy family tours, drop-in family art making, and story time every Sunday at the Museum. In April, activities are inspired by the theme “Spaces and Places.” Sun, 12:30 pm 3:00 pm, free for children 17 and under, members, and with Museum admission ($12 for adults). Event Details.

Chinese Kite Festival
See 50 kites in shapes of butterflies, dragons, peacocks, hawks, and more. Enjoy kite making and coloring, pinwheel making, and Chinese story time on weekends throughout the month. Opens Fri, Portland Lan Su Chinese Garden, 10:00 am 6:00 pm, adults $8.50/kids 1-5 free, all ages. Event Details.


Celebration of Twins art show.
The exhibition, “Bound at the Heart, A Celebration of Twins,” will show portraits of twins throughout the month of April. Opens Fri, Lake Oswego Public Library, open 10:00 am Mon – Sat, 1:00 pm Sun, free, all ages. Event Details.

First Friday Art Time for Families
My Masterpiece Art Studio is open late on the first Friday of the month for the whole family to sculpt, paint, collage and enjoy being creative together! Fri, Beaverton, 10:00 am 8:00 pm, all ages, prices range. Event Details.

–Cheyenne Terbrueggen