Friday 4 - 9 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday 11a.m. – 5 p.m.

Children’s Art Garden

Face Painting Artists will be available for the young and young at heart!

Saturday, May 14th, 11am – 4pm
Sunday, May 15th, 12 Noon to 4pm

Make-It-Take-It Projects

Associated Bank – “Caterpillar Marionettes!!” – Create a colorful pom-pom puppet caterpillar with popsicle sticks. Have some fun with your new marionette by giving it a fun name and creating a fun story to go with it. Make it at our table or take it home to create on your own.

Zion Lutheran School – “Suncatchers” – Spring is here and what better way to enjoy the sunshine, green grass, blooming flowers and more than with a Spring suncatcher. Use tissue paper, contact paper, yarn and more to create a one-of-a-kind suncatcher that will bring color, joy and happiness to your home.

Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC) – Dancing Sculptures” – Come create an artistic dancing sculp-ture using 2 pipe cleaners and cut up straws! Add a clay base to make your sculpture stand, then bend away in different dance poses!

1020 Artworks Studio – “Magical Painting”—Celebrate Art on the Square’s “magical” 20th anniversary by painting a unicorn, cat-a-corn, or pup-a-corn on a canvas panel! Add gems, sequins, and details to make your magical animal one-of-a-kind!

Nine PBS – Stop by the Children’s Art Garden to visit with the Nine PBS team for fun and educational children’s activities. PBS KIDS content exists to excite children, parents, and caregivers about the wonder and possibilities of learning and to help children realize their full potential. Learn more at ninepbs.org.

Group Project

Saint Louis Zoo – Join docents from the Saint Louis Zoo to learn about small primates (monkeys and lemurs) and the importance of trees for all primates. You’ll also help create a community art piece! After the Fair, the art installation will be displayed at the Zoo for guests to see.

Hands On Painting

The Tourism Bureau ILLINOISouth – A large blank mural will be available for children to design and paint.

Designing Opportunity

Gateway Grizzlies — Design a jersey for the Gateway Grizzlies! The winning design will be worn by the players on Sept 4 vs the Lake Erie Crushers. The contest winner will also receive 4 field box seats to the Sept. game, a personalized jersey, a ceremonial first pitch, and a picture with a Grizzlies player.

Faces in the Crowd—Fun Picture Opportunities

Ignite your imagination and become a favorite character! Children as well as adults are invited to insert their faces in stand-up paintings that allow them to become their favorite character for a photo. Paintings reflect favorite children’s characters from popular culture and will be dispersed throughout the Children’s Garden. The paintings were created by artists from area schools.


Useful Links

AOTS Sponsors
Purchase Art Cash
Artist in Residence Program
Main Stage Entertainment
Wine Court
Sculpture in the City
High School Sculpture in the City
High School Art Competition
Cafe on the Square
Children's Art Garden
Rails, Trails and Art Project
City of Belleville
Artist Demonstrations
Art Purchase Program
Program Guide
Art on the Square Poster Art
Artist Awards
Student Art