ColorLab is Brooklyn Children’s Museum’s 1,500 square-foot family art-making space where artists of all ages can explore, make, and celebrate art! We value discovery, artistic process, freedom of expression, and creative collaboration with others.

ColorLab programs are rooted in the creative works and cultures of Black artists in Brooklyn and around the world. As a studio proudly-based in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, ColorLab’s rotating programs feature African American, Afro-Caribbean, and African contemporary artists.

The BCM team activates ColorLab as a process-oriented, inclusive, and courageous art-making space.

Program Seasons

During a program season, ColorLab public programs explore a unified theme. Educators facilitate 45-minute sessions that include individual and collaborative art-making inspired by Muse Artists. In each session, educators guide young artists and their families through the exploration of themes, techniques, tools, vocabulary, and materials related to each Muse Artist’s process.

Current Muse Artist

Elizabeth Catlett

Birthplace: Washington, D.C.
Elizabeth Catlett, photograph by Fern Logan.
Elizabeth Catlett (1915 – 2012) is an African American artist who worked in many artistic forms including sculpture, painting, and printmaking over a 70-year career. She is known for her artworks depicting women’s endurance of the harsh realities of racism, segregation, and poverty, women’s strength as mothers, and using her artistic voice to promote social change.

Learn more about the themes of Catlett’s work and explore the process of printmaking in our ColorLab workshops. Make your own printing blocks, design your own printed patterns, and print your designs on a canvas tote, fabric panel, or set of cards.

Past Muse Artists

ColorLab is made possible by Peggi Einhorn and Michael Lasky and family; The Pierre & Tana Matisse Foundation; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; and the Brooklyn Children’s Museum Board of Trustees.