Saturday Studios: Classes for Children and Teens

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Winter Session: Eight Saturdays, January 12–March 2, 10:00–12:00 or 1:30–3:30.

Museum Art Classes Hands-on, minds-on learning! These studio classes allow young artists ages 4 to 18 to explore the museum’s collections while discovering their own creativity. Each week includes studio time and gallery visits. Want to take a class at the same time as your child? Check out Studio Classes for Adults on Fridays and Saturdays. For classes for 2- to 4-year-olds on Fridays and Saturdays, see My Very First Art Class.

1, 2, 3, What Do You See? (Ages 4–5) Learn to look at the world like an artist. Explore line, shape, color, and more through drawing, painting, collaging, and building. We’ll see and make something new each week.

Museum Arts-capade (Ages 6–8) Explore the galleries and be inspired by colors, patterns, shapes, and textures, then try your hand at still-life painting, marbling, collaging, printmaking, and constructing papier-mâché and kinetic creations. 

Creative Challenges (Ages 9–13) Develop your creativity and show off your personal style as we complete weekly art challenges, from finding imaginative ways to use ordinary objects to trying new techniques and incorporating unusual materials. We don’t know what you’ll make, but we know it will be fun!

Graphic Novel / Art Book Studio (Ages 14–18) Learn the creative process of writing, laying out, and illustrating (using pen and ink, paint, or collage) your own 16-page graphic novel or art book. All skill levels.

Fees and Registration 
$210, CMA members $180. Registration is first-come, first-served. Register through the ticket center at 216-421-7350. There is a $15 late fee per order beginning one week before class starts. 

Friday-Night Minis: Try something new in a four-week mini-session.   

Ceramics: Slump Molds and Textures (All ages) Four Fri/Nov 2–16 and 30, 6:30–8:00. Instructor: Laura Ferrando. Make your mark in this multigenerational ceramics class that exposes you to traditional and experimental methods of applying imagery, patterns, and textures on hand-built clay forms. In addition to being a teaching artist, Ferrando is a licensed occupational therapist; all levels of physical ability are welcome. Best for ages 8 and up. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. $140, CMA members $120.

Vejigantes: Papier-Mâché Mask Making (All ages) Four Fri/Jan 4–25, 6:30–8:30. Instructors: Claire Appelmans and Arcelia Gandarilla. Catch the Caribbean spirit by creating Vejigantes, Puerto Rican spirit masks known for their bright patterns and spiky horns. Over the four-week course, you’ll progress from design sketches to structural forms that you’ll cover with papier-mâché and paint. At the last class, we’ll bring our Vejigantes to life through a performance in the atrium. Instructors speak both English and Spanish. Best for ages 8 and up. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. $140, CMA members $120. 

Encaustic (All ages) Four Fri/Feb 1–22, 6:30–8:30. Instructor: Michaelle Marschall. Explore encaustic, the ancient art of painting with molten beeswax. Learn about the history of encaustic painting and practice a variety of techniques, including how to build layers of pigmented wax and to fuse, embed, and collage objects. Most supplies and materials provided. Best for ages 8 and up. Children 13 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. $140, CMA members $120. 

Cancellation Policy Classes with insufficient registration will be combined or canceled one week before class begins, with enrollees notified and fully refunded. Refunds are issued any time before the beginning of the session. After the first class, consideration is given on an individual basis. 



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