Education: Gallery/Studio Program Courses for Children and Teens

General registration for summer 2014 is now open! (Become a Member and register early in the fall.) You'll receive confirmation and a Gallery/Studio I.D. card by mail. Registration closes June 22 (July 20 for August term). 

Scholarships for ages 6–17 are available. Summer semester application deadline is April 7 (May 23 for Forward Thinking: 3-D Printing applicants).

Our Work-Study Program for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors is now open! Summer semester application deadline is April 7.

Questions? Email the Gallery/Studio Coordinator.

Summer 2014

Weekend term: Every Saturday for eight weeks, July 5–August 23

July term: Every Wednesday and Friday for four weeks, July 9–August 1

August term: Every Wednesday and Friday for four weeks, August 6–29

All classes are two hours long.

Ages 6–7

Changing Every Thing
July term, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. The July term class is full.
Weekend term, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Marvel at the Spacelander Bicycle, a wall of looking glasses, a house of tea, and a trail of fifty backpacks on the ceiling. Then draw and design your own extraordinary or funny ideas for toys, mirrors, clothes, plates, forks, and other everyday objects, and make them with paint, cloth, Mylar, wood, clay, and other materials.

Fantasy Maps and Books
August term, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Imagine new worlds while exploring works such as a cosmic diagram from India, an illustrated papyrus from ancient Egypt, and enormous cutout images by the artist Swoon. Through drawing, painting, and manipulating paper, you will create your own maps, pop-up books, posters, or scrolls with real or imaginary people, animals, and places.

Ages 8–10

Imagine Sculpture
July term, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. The July term class is full.
Weekend term, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. The weekend term class is full.

How do artists imagine sculpture? You will observe and draw exaggerated and simplified forms from nature and art, create small models, and then build unique sculptures from materials such as paper, cardboard, wire, paint, plaster, clay, or wood. For inspiration, you will visit the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and see art by Judy Chicago and Swoon in our galleries.

2-D and 3-D Characters, Masks, and Portraits  
August term, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

How do artists express identity and personality? You will develop your drawing and painting skills and then make masks and portraits out of materials such as acrylic paint, papier-mâché, and collage. Our installations African Innovations, American Identities, and Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity will serve as sources for investigating the meaning of masks and the stories behind portraits.

Ages 11–13

Printmaking and Painting—Inside/Outside This class is full.
July term, 1–3 p.m.

Influenced by life-size prints by the artist Swoon and imaginative views of nature throughout our collections, you will draw and paint in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and then make landscape prints, including silkscreens and linocuts, for your high school portfolio or just for the pleasure of art-making outdoors and in the studio.

Forward Thinking: 3-D Printing This class is full.
Weekend term, 1–3 p.m.

Move into the world of art and technology by creating your own and collaborative works of art with 3-D printing. Investigate natural and constructed 3-D forms in our collections, work with an artist and a 3-D modeler, and produce a large-scale work with your fellow students.Two field trips are part of this course, one of which includes presenting the final work at Maker Faire New York in late September.

Ready, Set, Action! This class is full.
August term, 1–3 p.m.

Taking inspiration from global art traditions, powerful narrative painting, and contemporary artists such as Swoon and Jane Dickson, you will learn painting and drawing techniques to represent people and action scenes. Expand your art portfolio for fall high school applications or explore your own art style—realistic, anime, comic, or surreal—as you learn to represent the human figure in action.

Ages 14–17

Poking Holes in the Universe
July term, 1–3 p.m.
Weekend term, 1–3 p.m.

Do you see things differently? With photography as the focus, you will make mixed media works, using multiple or altered photographs, that question assumptions about the world today. Gallery explorations will include feminist work in the collection and that of activist artists such as Ai Weiwei and Swoon. Students will observe and explore how an artwork can put familiar things in a new context and transform our perceptions and opinions.     

Abstract Can Be Anything This class is full.
August term, 1–3 p.m.

Inspired by Judy Chicago’s abstraction of ordinary objects such as Life Savers candy, you will explore art that transforms the way we see and understand things around us, as well as our ideas and emotions. Working in photography, painting, drawing, and sculpture, you will use techniques such as cropping, magnification, fracturing, and other distortions to intensify your ideas and visions.

Course Fees

For students under 18:
Members: $160 per course*
General: $175 per course*

*Includes a $15 nonrefundable registration fee. All supplies are included.

Full payment must be made at registration, before June 22 (July 20 for August term). A Membership discount and priority registration are available to all Museum Members, including those at the Individual level ($60) and above for adult classes, and those at the Family level ($110) and above for all classes. We will consider cancellation refunds on an individual basis.

Parking is available for Gallery/Studio students and families. There's a 15-minute drop-off period that's free of charge. After 15 minutes, the hourly rate will apply.

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