It's never too early to immerse kids in creative arts — and the Arkansas Arts Center is taking that to heart with a new, free program.

Art Start! is a once a month program for toddlers through preschool-age children. The program includes age-appropriate stories, gallery play activities and a make-and-take art project. 

Each month, the story or book will connect with a particular piece of art in the gallery. Then, gallery play activities will engage kids during their visit to a museum and add to their vocabulary as their learn new observational skills.

The make-and-take project will connect in some way to the story or artwork and will often give children a chance to try a new art medium.

Art Start! takes place on the third Thursday of each month at 10:30 a.m. and is approximately one hour long. 

The next Art Start! is on March 15 and will feature the book "Diego Bigger Than Life" by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand, which connects with the gallery piece "Dos Mujeres" by Diego Rivera.

Students will get to then participate in a stamping activity were they will create real life objects using only geometric shapes.

Next month, on April 19, Art Start! will focus on the book "The Magical Garden of Claude Monet" by Laurence Anholt and look at the piece "Effects of the Sun Setting on the Seine at Port-Villez" by Claude Monet.

After the book and talking about the painting, students will go to the atrium for a watercolor painting project.

For more information on Art Start! and to stay up-to-date on the upcoming events, visit the Arkansas Arts Center website