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Virtual Studio Programs for Children

The Cleveland Museum of Art’s studio series for children has transitioned to a new virtual platform. Explore a diverse range of topics and materials under the guidance of experienced teaching artists while connecting with the CMA’s collection in new ways—virtually! Provide your kids the opportunity to practice their critical- and creative-thinking skills in a collaborative virtual environment.

After registering, you will receive an email confirmation with additional instructions. You will not receive a Zoom meeting link in the email confirmation. For questions about registration, please call 216-421-7350.

    • All virtual classes and workshops include a supply kit that will be delivered to your preferred home address.
    • One hour before the virtual class or workshop is scheduled to begin, a Zoom meeting link will be sent to your registered email.
    • If you experience technical difficulties during the virtual class or workshop, please email familyyouthinfo [at] clevelandart.org or call 216-707-2643.
 
 

Children’s Virtual Workshop (Ages 7–9)
Draw Your Portrait like a CMA Artist
Thursday, February 25, 2021, 4:30–7:00 p.m.

Registration closed.

In this live virtual workshop, participants learn the basics of portraiture and create a self-portrait in the style of a CMA artist of their choice. After a hands-on drawing demonstration, participants explore a variety of portraits featured within the CMA’s Collection Online. After choosing their favorite CMA portrait, participants draw their self-portrait in the style of that work. In doing so, they consider the following: color, form, mark-making, mood, imagery, lighting, and other characteristics. This workshop offers multiple forms of engagement, including a hands-on demonstration, presentation of works in the CMA’s collection, independent “studio time,” and group dialogue.

All supplies and delivery included in registration fee. Class is conducted via Zoom. Participants must have access to a smart device (phone, tablet, desktop) with internet access.

Instructor: Leila Khoury   
Registration: $50, CMA members $40


Children’s Six-Week Virtual Class Series (Ages 10–13)
Color Camp
Saturdays, April 10–May 15, 2021, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Registration closes, Saturday, April 3.     
 
Learn about a different color of the rainbow every week with fun prompts in a variety of mediums! Participants will delve into the history of colors as well the intent and theory behind why certain colors are used in certain artworks. Looking at examples from the CMA collection, participants will explore drawing, printmaking, sculpture, and fabric design. This 6-week virtual class emphasizes close looking at colors and their importance in art and practicing “flow” with the color of the day. Participants will learn about a variety of cultures, styles, times, and places represented through color and use color as a jumping off point to discuss our similarities and differences. Participants will develop comfort with the idea that colors mean something different to everyone and practice empathy by recognizing the unique perspectives of different artists and creatives.  

All supplies and delivery included in registration fee. Class is conducted via Zoom. Participants must have access to a smart device (phone, tablet, desktop) with internet access.

Instructor: Maggie Latham       
Registration: $90, CMA members $80


Children’s Virtual Workshop (Ages 7–9)
Playful Postcard Collage
Monday, April 12, 2021, 5:00–6:00 p.m.
Registration closes, Monday, April 5.    

Inspired by Lenore Tawney’s playful postcards featured in the CMA’s special exhibition, Stories from Storage, participants will create whimsical collages using images from the CMA’s collection, magazines, colored paper, watercolor, and pen in this live virtual workshop. Tawney used images of animals juxtaposed with text and patterns of words in works such as The King of Beasts, Cat, and Calligraphic Message. Participants will look closely at these examples and others by Tawney to plan their own creations while discussing the format of postcards and their purpose in connecting experiences and people across time and space.   

All supplies and delivery included in registration fee. Class is conducted via Zoom. Participants must have access to a smart device (phone, tablet, desktop) with internet access.

Instructor: Maddie Armitage
Registration: $35, CMA members $25


Children’s Virtual Workshop (Ages 10–13)
Beginner Block Printing
Monday, May 24, 2021, 5:00–6:00 p.m.
Registration closes, Monday, May 17.    

In this live virtual workshop inspired by the CMA’s special exhibition, Ashcan School Prints and the American City, 1900-1940, participants will learn the basics of block printing using linoleum blocks and printing ink. Participants will examine works of art that use similar and different printing techniques such as Reading in the Subway, The People Work: Evening, and Femmes et oiseau devent la lune. Participants will discuss the variety of printing techniques and then experiment with the provided supplies to create their own print. Using imagination and critical thinking, participants will brainstorm, refine, and reflect upon their ideas to gain new understanding of the block printing process.      

All supplies and delivery included in registration fee. (NOTE: This supply kit contains a linoleum cutter with a sharp attachment.) Class is conducted via Zoom. Participants must have access to a smart device (phone, tablet, desktop) with internet access.

Instructor: Maddie Armitage
Registration: $35, CMA members $25


A limited number of scholarships are available. To apply, please submit the scholarship application form. If you have questions, please email familyyouthinfo [at] clevelandart.org for more information.

All education programs at the Cleveland Museum of Art are underwritten by the CMA Fund for Education. Generous annual funding is provided by an anonymous supporter, the M. E. and F. J. Callahan Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Walter R. Chapman Jr., the Sam J. Frankino Foundation, Florence Kahane Goodman, the Lloyd D. Hunter Memorial Fund, Eva and Rudolf Linnebach, Dr. Linda M. Sandhaus and Dr. Roland S. Philip, the Veale Foundation, and the Womens Council of the Cleveland Museum of Art.