Interactive Arts

Interactive arts activities are one of the four main pillars of the arts featured each year at the Des Moines Arts Festival®. Throughout the Festival, guests of all ages have the opportunity to get creative and hands-on with art, music, dance and more! These activities can be found throughout the Festival at sponsor booths, the Creative Kid’s Zone and even electronically though texts.

Interactive Art Experience

We are inviting guests to help re-create Sunday on the Island of LaGrande Jatte in grand scale by transfomring the painting into a giant billboard-sized 20'x30' painting!



George Seurat, A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, 1884, Oil on Canvas, 27 3/4x41 in.,
Bequest of Sam A. Lewisohn, 1951 (51.112.6), The Art Institute of Chicago

Pinot's Palette

Pinot's offers a relaxed, fun environment to get expert guidence from local artists. This year, Pinot's is bringing their classes to the Des Moines Arts Festival! Join us for a self guided painting class, where Pinot's will help you create a masterpiece. Choose from a selection of popular paintings like Japanese Moon Garden and Moonlight Blossoms just to name a few. Adults can enjoy this class for only $15, children for $10. Come on in anytime; classes are available throughout the weekend.



2014 Community Outreach Activities 

Milagros Style Engravings Stop by the AARP Iowa tent to make a craft foil engraving!

Homemade Pet Toys Join AHeinz57 Pet Rescue & Transport to make a toy for your favorite furry friend!

Homebank Show what home means to you at the Anawim Housing booth by making a home shaped piggy bank!

Custom Coloring Table Come draw your favorite animal or play a bean bag game with Animal Lifeline of Iowa!

Mask Decorating & Face Painting Make a mask or get your face painted with the Animal Rescue Leauge!

Customizable Buttons   Join Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa to decorate a button!

Red Panda Mask Come to the Blank Park Zoo booth to celebrate Asian species by making a red panda mask!

Sock Decorating Help Central Iowa Shelter & Services with their need for socks by decorating a pair that will be given to someone in need. Make art, and help others!

Canvas Art   Show off your inner Picasso and create a masterpiece on canvas using many different drawing tools and art techniques with Des Moines Downtown Chamber of Commerce!

Rocket Design and Launch Help the Des Moines Music Coalition gear up for the 80/35 music festival by decorating and launching paper rockets!

Marble Painting   Join the Des Moines Social Club for fun with magic marble painting.

Illustration  Come to DMARC/'s booth to illustrate your idea of a well balanced meal!

Memory Books   Create your own memory book with HCI Care Services and decorate it with favorite memories. Then, take your memory book home with you to continue to add to with more and more memories!

Origami Learn how to make an origami house and have fun decorating your creation with Iowa CASA.

Fabric Wrist Shakers Get creative with the Iowa Dance Theatre! Use strips of fabric to make wearable art.

Spin Art  Come to the Iowa District Optimists to make super spin art!

Tissue Paper Flowers Make colorul flowers out of pipe cleaners and tissue paper with Iowa Homeless Youth Centers!
Farm Animal Art   Color a picture of a farm animal and have it made into a button to wear with Living History Farms.

Book Illustrations Join Reach Out and Read Iowa in illustrating books!

Get Your Dance On!   Festival–goers of all ages will have the opportunity to watch and learn Latin dances that include: Salsa, merengue, cha cha, bachata, and more with Salsa Des Moines.

Doodle Bots Make awesome battery powered robots that attach to crayons or pencils and can be used to make art with the Science Center of Iowa

Kids for the Cure Art Participate in Susan G. Komen's art contest! The winning entry will be on the t-shirts for their Kids for the Cure participants.

Native American Culture Activities Celebrate Native American culture with Teaching Leaves through song, stories, and art!

Mosaic Create a mosaic using tissue paper and light glue with Walnut Creek Church!

Create Your Own Sunshine!   Decorate a sun using paper plates, beads and pipe cleaners to take home and hang in your window as a reminder of the fun you had at the Des Moines Arts Festival.

Rubber Duckie Decorating Commemorate Youth Emergency Services & Shelter's expansion by decorating a rubber duck!

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