Classes for Children and Teens

Class Type: 
Three Sat/Dec 2–16, 10:00am or 1:00pm and Six Sat/ Jan 20–Feb 27, 10:00am or 1:00pm

Museum Art Classes 

These studios for students ages 3 to 17, combine a visit to our CMA galleries and art making in the classroom. Your child can learn about the treasures of The Cleveland Museum of Art while discovering his or her own creativity. Most classes will create a different project each week in various media. 

Special December Mini-Session for Kids

Fashion It with Fabric (ages 8–14) Three Sat/Dec 2–16, 10:00–11:30. Create artworks with fabric, thread, paper, and yarn by stitching, weaving, cutting, gluing, and sewing. No sewing experience necessary. Let your imagination take off! Instructor: Jeanna Forhan. $50, CMA members $45. All supplies included.

Read and Create (ages 9–14) Three Sat/Dec 2–16, 1:00–2:30. Paint, draw, and create what you read. Bring your favorite book to session one, and use your imagination to bring your book to life through art. Instructor: Jeanna Forhan. $50, CMA members $45. All supplies included.

Museum Art Classes Six Sat/Jan 20–Feb 24, 10:00–11:30 OR 1:00–2:30. Your child can discover the wonders of the CMA collection and unearth his or her creativity in the process. Each class visits the galleries every week, then experiments with different techniques based on the masterpieces they’ve discovered. Students learn by looking, discussing, and creating. 

Art for Parent and Child (age 3) Mornings ONLY. Four hands are better than two! Parents and children learn together while creating all kinds of art inspired by gallery visits. Limit 12 pairs.

Mini-Masters: Shapes (ages 4–5) Children discover geometric and organic shapes in artwork in the galleries. Back in the classroom, they make creative shapes from a variety of materials. 

Buzz, Flutter, Slither, and Crawl (ages 5–6) Can you find animals, birds, and bugs in the galleries? Come and explore with us and then create them out of all kinds of media.

Then and Now (ages 6–8) Travel the world through the galleries and learn about cultures from today all the way through the Middle Ages, ancient Egypt, and the Near East. What was different? What’s the same? Re-create art out of various media. 

2-D to 3-D (ages 8–10) Students learn about two-dimensional paintings and prints in the collection and then reinvent their own interpretations. Back in the classroom, they experiment with construction techniques to build 3-D sculptures from cardboard, wire, plaster, and found objects.

Back to the Basics 2 (ages 10–12) Students learn new skills and perfect the ones they already know as they create drawings using shading and contrasting techniques. While painting, they learn how to mix colors, make tints and shades, and experiment with different brushstrokes. No experience necessary. 

Teen Painting Studio (ages 13–17) Teens experiment with several types of paint, including watercolor, tempera, and acrylic, while they learn techniques in color mixing, washes, and composition. Sign up for the entire day (lunch on your own) or attend the afternoon only. 

Fees and Registration Most classes $108, CMA family-level members $90. Art for Parent and Child $120/$108. Teen Painting Studio $150/$120 all day or $108/$90 afternoon only. Registration for all studios is on a first-come, first-served basis. Member registration begins December 1; nonmembers December 16. Register through the ticket center. $10 late fee applies per order beginning one week before class starts. 

Cancelation Policy Classes with insufficient registration will be combined or canceled three days before class begins. Enrollees will be notified and fully refunded. Refunds are issued anytime before the beginning of the session. After the first class, consideration will be given to refunds on an individual basis.

Save the dates! Spring session: Mar 17–Apr 28 (no class Mar 31), 10:00–11:30 or 1:00–2:30. 


Age group: