Education: Gallery/Studio Program Courses for Children and Teens

Registration starts January 5 for Members and January 22 for the general public. Registration closes February 24.

Scholarships for ages 6–17 are available for spring 2015. Spring semester application deadline is January 18.

Work-Study program applications for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors are accepted through January 18.

Questions? Email the Gallery/Studio Coordinator.

Spring 2015

Saturday classes: March 7–May 16

Sunday classes: March 8–May 17

No classes: April 4–5

Classes are two hours long.

Ages 6–7

Stain and Glow
Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Explore the way color and light illuminate art. Learn how artists such as Josef Albers and Kehinde Wiley use contrasting colors to make their images pop. Then design colorful compositions by mixing your own color palette; staining canvas; and using line, shape, and gesture to make your art glimmer and glow. 

Hidden Treasure
Sundays, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Do you like special, secret objects? Examine ceramic vessels from throughout the ages and all over the world and discover their many purposes and the varieties of objects they held. Create your own small and unique sculptures out of clay and then create containers for them to nestle in.

Ages 8–10

Wire Me Up
Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

How can you build sculptures from paper and wire? Harness the power of flight as you build mobiles with fabric, paper, and wire inspired by works such as Joe Overstreet's Power Flight. Explore Judith Scott's wrapped sculptures with found objects inside, and then create your own sculptures with wire by sewing, wrapping, and paper-folding.

Once Upon a Story
Sundays, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Do you love a good story? Learn how to play with images and words to create cutouts, pop-ups, and interactive paper constructions. Be inspired by the notebooks of Jean-Michel Basquiat and works from our collection as you create new tales and tell stories from your own life.

Ages 11–13

The Mark and the Word
Saturdays, 1–3 p.m.

Do you think of comics or graffiti when you think about art? Explore how artists show action and meaning through words and expressive marks. Examine Jean-Michel Basquiat's notebooks, street art, graffiti, and works by Chitra Ganesh and Mark Bradford, and then draw, paint, and make a collage using your own words and powerful marks.

Puzzles, Patterns, and Pandemonium
Sundays, 1–3 p.m.

Do you have a love/hate relationship with order? Design your own system to create symmetrical drawings and then tear, cover, and alter them to create powerful new images. Investigate works that use systems or mathematics, such as Chitra Ganesh's geometric drawings, and other art that explores order and destruction. Then learn to draw with drafting tools and develop your additive and subtractive drawing techniques.

Build It!
Sundays, 1–3 p.m.

Express what you think of the world around you. Use everyday found and three-dimensional materials to build sculptures about life today. Check out artworks made of corn, steel, tires, and more to discover what they can tell us about the time and place they were made. Learn basic building and construction techniques in wood and assemblage to create your own finished works.

Ages 14–17

Art Today, Gone Tomorrow
Saturdays, 3:30–5:30 p.m.

Does art have to last forever? Explore the worlds of temporary art forms and installation art, inspired by Chitra Ganesh and her temporary Indian paintings called kolams. Explore the dynamics of space, imagery, light, color, and sound, then design individual and collaborative works of temporary art. Photograph and document your works to serve as memories of, and artworks from, the entire process.

Sundays, 3:30–5:30 p.m.

Contemporary artists such as Kehinde Wiley use art of the past, from works of the Old Masters to Turkish tiles, to tell stories of the present. Explore landscapes and figures from the fourteenth to the nineteenth century, and then create your own artworks about how you see the world today. Stretch and prepare your own canvas, and learn traditional painting and drawing techniques.

Course Fees

For students under 18:
Members: $211 per course*
General: $231 per course*

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

Full payment must be made at registration. A 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. Cancellation refunds considered 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 applies.

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