Classes
Explore creativity

Art classes for ages 3 and up combine looking at art and making art. Personalize your experience with a variety of programs.

SUMMER CLASSES
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SCHOLARSHIPS
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Girl Scouts Class
[Grades 4-6]

Girl Scouts | Jewelry

Nov 11, 2018 - SOLD OUT Girl Scouts discover jewelry from ancient to modern times in the galleries and make their own pendant necklace.
Sunday
Starts 02/24/19 1:00pm
Ends 02/24/19 3:00pm
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Girl Scouts Class
[Grades 6-10]

Girl Scouts | Sew Creative Circuits

Nov. 11 class is SOLD OUT Girl Scouts explore the galleries looking at jewelry design from ancient to modern times. Using simple circuitry, they add LED lights to their jewelry creation.
Sunday
Starts 02/24/19 1:00pm
Ends 02/24/18 3:00pm
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Adult/Youth Class
[Ages 7-13 with adult]

Adult/Youth Workshop | Regal Portraits in Clay

Members (Family level & above) enroll Nov. 19-Dec. 2 See decorative serving ware in our Napoleon exhibition then design your own clay platter.
Friday
Starts 03/01/19 6:30pm
Ends 03/01/19 8:30pm
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Girl Scouts Class
[Grades 2-3]

Girl Scouts | Painting

March 31, 2019 - SOLD OUT Girl Scouts tour the galleries discovering various painting techniques and styles and then create a painting of their own.
Sunday
Starts 03/10/19 1:00pm
Ends 03/10/19 3:00pm
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Girl Scouts Class
[Sold Out]

Girl Scouts | Drawing

SOLD OUT Girl Scouts enjoy sketching in the galleries as they explore various works of art and then create their own drawing.
Sunday
Starts 03/10/19 1:00pm
Ends 03/10/19 3:00pm
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Adult Class

Adult Class | Relating to Art

Thursday
Starts 03/14/19 6:00pm
Ends 03/14/19 8:00pm
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Adult/Youth Class
[Ages 7-13 with adult]

Adult/Youth Workshop | Woof! Dog Teapots

Visit the galleries to see all sorts of dogs in painting and sculpture and create a teapot in clay representing everyone’s “best friend."
Friday
Starts 03/29/19 6:30pm
Ends 03/29/19 8:30pm
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Youth Class
[Ages 3-4]

Youth Class | Start in Art

Young children explore art concepts by working with paint, collage and clay. Students should feel comfortable attending class without a parent or guardian.
Saturday
Starts 03/30/19 10:00am
Ends 05/18/19 11:30am
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Youth Class
[Ages 5-6]

Youth Class | The Nature of Art

Students experiment with a variety of art making processes as they investigate nature.
Saturdays
Starts 03/30/19 10:00am
Ends 05/18/19 12:00pm
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Youth Class
[Ages 6-8]

Youth Class | Ancient Explorers

Students create paintings, drawings, clay forms and mixed-media art that has a connection to Ancient Egypt, Greece and China.
Saturday
Starts 03/30/19 10:00am
Ends 05/18/19 12:00pm
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Youth Class
[Ages 7-9]

Youth Class | Sculpture: Thinking 3D

Students create three-dimensional forms in a variety of materials.
Saturdays
Starts 03/30/19 10:00am
Ends 05/18/19 12:00pm
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Youth Class
[Ages 9-13]

Youth Class | Drawing & Painting

Students will sketch from art in galleries with graphite, charcoal, watercolor, tempera and more to explore the fundamentals of drawing and painting.
Saturdays
Starts 03/30/19 10:00am
Ends 05/18/19 12:00pm
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Adult Class

Adult Class | Acrylics: The Natural World

Learn about color mixing and theory, brushstroke, composition, depicting space or distance and finding expressive qualities in your painting.
Saturday
Starts 03/30/19 10:00am
Ends 05/18/19 12:30pm
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Adult Class

Adult Class | Drawing Basics

Draw weekly from art in the galleries and develop your skills at looking closely and translating what you see onto the page in your own unique way.
Saturday
Starts 03/30/19 10:00am
Ends 05/18/19 12:00pm
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Youth Class
[Ages 9-13]

Youth Class | Sculpting in Clay

Develop skills at modeling three-dimensional figures and explore ways to combine clay with other materials, such as wood and wire, to create sculpture.
Saturdays
Starts 03/30/19 1:30pm
Ends 05/18/19 3:30pm
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Adult Class

Adult Class | Drawing & Printmaking

Sketch from art in our galleries and then develop your drawings into printed images.
Saturday
Starts 03/30/19 1:30pm
Ends 05/18/19 4:00pm
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Youth Class
[Ages 5-6]

Youth Class | The Nature of Art

Students experiment with a variety of art making processes as they investigate nature.
Saturdays
Starts 03/30/19 1:30pm
Ends 05/18/19 3:30pm
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Youth Class
[Ages 7-9]

Youth Class | Drawing & Painting

Students will sketch from art in galleries with graphite, charcoal, watercolor, tempera and more to explore the fundamentals of drawing and painting.
Saturdays
Starts 03/30/19 1:30pm
Ends 05/18/19 3:30pm
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Youth Class
[Ages 6-8]

Youth Class | Ancient Explorers

Students create paintings, drawings, clay forms and mixed-media art that has a connection to Ancient Egypt, Greece and China.
Saturday
Starts 03/30/19 1:30pm
Ends 03/30/19 3:30pm
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Girl Scouts Class
[Grades 2-3]

Girl Scouts | Painting

March 31, 2019 - SOLD OUT Girl Scouts tour the galleries discovering various painting techniques and styles and then create a painting of their own.
Sunday
Starts 03/31/19 1:00pm
Ends 03/31/19 3:00pm
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Girl Scouts Class
[Grades 2-3]

Girl Scouts | Clay Creations

SOLD OUT Explore clay works of art in the galleries and the ways in which they were created.
Sunday
Starts 03/31/19 1:00pm
Ends 03/31/19 3:00pm
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Adult Class

Adult Class | Watercolor: Landscape & Architecture

This watercolor class will give you direction and encouragement for painting buildings as well as textural qualities to enrich their composition.
Thursday
Starts 04/11/19 1:00pm
Ends 05/16/19 3:30pm
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Adult Class

Adult Class | Relating to Art

Thursday
Starts 04/11/19 6:00pm
Ends 04/11/19 8:00pm
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Adult Class

Adult Workshop | Ikebana: Flowers and Design

Learn the history behind Ikebana as well as basic techniques. All materials are provided and the arrangement you create is yours to take home.
Friday
Starts 04/12/19 10:00am
Ends 04/12/19 12:00pm
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Homeschool Class
[Sold Out]

Homeschool Days | Museum in the Making

Registration closed: SOLD OUT Discover some of the work happening behind-the-scenes at the Nelson-Atkins
Friday
Starts 04/19/19 10:00am
Ends 04/19/19 2:00pm
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Adult/Youth Class
[Ages 7-13 with adult]

Adult/Youth Workshop | Ikebana: Beautiful Flowers

Adult/child pair will learn about Ikebana, the Japanese art form that dates back over a thousand years, and then create and take home your own floral arrangement.
Friday
Starts 04/26/19 6:30pm
Ends 04/26/19 8:30pm
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Adult/Youth Class
[Ages 7-13 with adult]

Adult/Youth Workshop | Spring Blossoms

Visit the Japanese gallery to see art that celebrates nature and design your own clay platter based upon a floral pattern design.
Friday
Starts 05/10/19 6:30pm
Ends 05/10/19 8:30pm
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Adult Class

Adult Class | Pastels: How's the Weather?

Members (Family level & above) enroll February 11-24. Explore depicting weather related phenomena in landscape art working with pastels.
Tuesday-Friday
Starts 06/11/19 1:00pm
Ends 06/14/19 3:30pm
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Adult Class

Adult Class | Get Started with Acrylics

Members (Family level & above) enroll February 11-24. Develop your skills working with acrylic paint, including color mixing, use of value, layering and brushstroke.
Thursdays
Starts 06/13/19 6:00pm
Ends 07/11/19 8:30pm
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Youth Class

Adult/Youth Workshop | Clay: Combination Creatures

Members (Family level & above) enroll February 11-24. See incredible American Indian masks that combine various animal characteristics. After gathering ideas, create a clay relief sculpture of your own mythical combination animal.
Thursday
Starts 06/13/19 6:30pm
Ends 06/13/19 8:30pm
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Adult Class

Adult Workshop | Perspective in Drawing

Members (Family level & above) enroll February 11-24. Visit museum galleries to learn how how artists have used techniques to create the illusion of space. Students will create both a drawing as well as a print using a foam plate process during the workshop.
Saturday
Starts 06/15/19 10:00am
Ends 06/15/19 4:00pm
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Youth Class

Youth Class | Create With Paint!

Members (Family level & above) enroll February 11-24. Students will visit galleries and practice mixing colors and using the brush to create different paintings.
Tuesday-Friday
Starts 06/18/19 10:00am
Ends 06/21/19 12:00pm
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Youth Class

Youth Class | Set the Stage

Members (Family level & above) enroll February 11-24. Create characters and a three-dimensional stage set to put on your own play! Visit the galleries to see art that tells a story with interesting people and memorable places.
Tuesday-Friday
Starts 06/18/19 10:00am
Ends 06/21/19 12:00pm
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Youth Class

Youth Class | Cats & Dogs

Members (Family level & above) enroll February 11-24. Work with a variety of materials to create drawings, paintings and sculptures of our favorite furry friends.
Tuesday-Friday
Starts 06/18/19 10:00am
Ends 06/21/19 12:00pm
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Youth Class

Youth Class | Imagine It in Clay

Members (Family level & above) enroll February 11-24.
Two Weeks, Tuesday-Friday
Starts 06/18/19 10:00am
Ends 06/28/19 12:00pm
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Youth Class

Youth Two-Week Class | Drawing, Painting & Printmaking

Members (Family level & above) enroll February 11-24. Ages 9-13 | Work with graphite, charcoal, watercolor, tempera and inks to explore the fundamentals of drawing, painting and printmaking.
Two Weeks, Tuesday-Friday
Starts 06/18/19 10:00am
Ends 06/28/19 12:00pm
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Youth Class

Youth Class | Set the Stage

Members (Family level & above) enroll January 21-February 3 Create characters and a three-dimensional stage set to put on your own play.
Tuesday-Friday
Starts 06/18/19 1:30pm
Ends 06/21/19 3:30pm
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Youth Class

Youth Two-Week Class | Drawing, Painting & Printmaking

Members (Family level & above) enroll February 11-24. Ages 7-9 | Work with graphite, charcoal, watercolor, tempera and inks to explore the fundamentals of drawing, painting and printmaking.
Two Weeks, Tuesday-Friday
Starts 06/18/19 1:30pm
Ends 06/28/19 3:30pm
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Youth Class

Youth Class | Telling Tales

Members (Family level & above) enroll February 11-24. Visit the galleries to see artwork that will inspire you to develop original stories expressed through your own unique drawings, paintings and prints.
Tuesday-Friday
Starts 06/18/19 1:30pm
Ends 06/21/19 3:30pm
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Youth Class

Youth Two-Week Class | Imagine It in Clay

Members (Family level & above) enroll February 11-24. Explore a variety of hand-building processes to create forms in clay and experiment with various surface treatments.
Two Weeks, Tuesday-Friday
Starts 06/18/19 1:30pm
Ends 06/28/19 3:30pm
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Youth Class

Youth Class | Cats & Dogs

Members (Family level & above) enroll February 11-24. Work with a variety of materials to create drawings, paintings and sculptures of our favorite furry friends.
Tuesday-Friday
Starts 06/18/19 1:30pm
Ends 06/21/19 3:30pm
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Youth Class

Youth Class | Up, Down & All Around

Members (Family level & above) enroll February 11-24. Search in the galleries for all kinds of sculpture and create your own three-dimensional art.
Tuesday-Friday
Starts 06/25/19 10:00am
Ends 06/28/19 12:00pm
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Youth Class

Adult/Youth Class | Creative Duets

Members (Family level & above) enroll February 11-24. Explore the museum galleries and the ABC’s of art together.
Tuesday-Friday
Starts 06/25/19 10:00am
Ends 06/28/19 12:00pm
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Youth Class

Youth Class | Drawing: Let's Imagine

Members (Family level & above) enroll February 11-24. Search the galleries for make-believe creatures, places and people as inspiration to develop your own drawings.
Tuesday-Friday
Starts 06/25/19 10:00am
Ends 06/28/19 12:00pm
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Adult Class

Teen/Adult Class | Digital Photography: In Focus

Members (Family level & above) enroll February 11-24. Learn the basics of digital photography and explore how to capture great images.
Tuesday-Friday
Starts 06/25/19 10:00am
Ends 06/28/19 12:00pm
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Youth Class

Youth Class | Good Luck Dragons

Members (Family level & above) enroll February 11-24. Discover the mythical dragon in the Chinese and Japanese galleries.
Tuesday-Friday
Starts 06/25/19 1:30pm
Ends 06/28/19 3:30pm
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Youth Class

Youth Class | Drawing: Let's Imagine

Members (Family level & above) enroll February 11-24. Ages 6-8 | Search the galleries for make-believe creatures, places and people as inspiration to develop your own drawings.
Tuesday-Friday
Starts 06/25/19 1:30pm
Ends 06/28/19 3:30pm
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Teen Class

Teen Class | Drawing: A Surreal World

Members (Family level & above) enroll February 11-24. Work with a variety of drawing media such as pen and ink, graphite and charcoal to make images that represent the fantastic and unreal.
Tuesday-Friday
Starts 06/25/19 1:30pm
Ends 06/28/19 4:00pm
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Youth Class

Youth Workshop | Curious Creatures

Members (Family level & above) enroll February 11-24. Go on a hunt for make believe animals in the galleries and create an imaginary creature mask.
Saturday
Starts 06/29/19 10:00am
Ends 06/29/19 12:00pm
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Youth Class

Youth Workshop | Magic Machines

Members (Family level & above) enroll February 11-24. Think about “yet to be invented” machines and transform found objects into your own sculpture of an imaginary machine.
Saturday
Starts 06/29/19 10:00am
Ends 06/29/19 12:00pm
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Youth Class

Youth Workshop | Simply Surreal

Members (Family level & above) enroll February 11-24. Visit the galleries to see and talk about Surrealism, a style of art influenced by dreams and the subconscious mind. Then create mono-prints that depict your own unusual combinations of an unreal “reality.”
Saturday
Starts 06/29/19 10:00am
Ends 06/29/19 12:00pm
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Teen Class

Teen Workshop | Create with Ink: Paint & Print

Members (Family level & above) enroll February 11-24. Students will explore printmaking techniques and the art of traditional Chinese brushwork painting.
Saturday
Starts 06/29/19 10:00am
Ends 06/29/19 2:00pm
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Youth Class

Youth Class | Storybook Art

Members (Family level & above) enroll February 11-24. Listen to favorite books about color, line, shape, patterns and more in the galleries, then create art related to stories.
Tuesday-Friday
Starts 07/09/19 10:00am
Ends 07/12/19 12:00pm
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Youth Class

Youth Class | Monsters to Mermaids

Members (Family level & above) enroll February 11-24. Use your imagination to draw, paint and sculpt “make-believe” creatures.
Tuesday-Friday
Starts 07/09/19 10:00am
Ends 07/12/19 12:00pm
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Youth Class

Youth Class | Fantastic Worlds

Members (Family level & above) enroll February 11-24. Create your own drawings, paintings and sculpture of amazing and make-believe worlds.
Tuesday-Friday
Starts 07/09/19 10:00am
Ends 07/12/19 12:00pm
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Youth Class

Youth Class | Cartooning: The Art of "Cat-ooning"

Members (Family level & above) enroll February 11-24. Come look at the most famous cats in the world and be inspired to draw your own in cartoons.
Tuesday-Friday
Starts 07/09/19 10:00am
Ends 07/12/19 12:00pm
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Youth Class

Youth Class | Patterns and Textiles

Members (Family level & above) enroll February 11-24. Work with paints, dyes and printmaking techniques to create patterns and designs on a variety of fabrics.
Tuesday-Friday
Starts 07/09/19 10:00am
Ends 07/12/19 12:00pm
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Youth Class

Youth Class | Monsters to Mermaids

Members (Family level & above) enroll February 11-24. Use your imagination to draw, paint and sculpt “make-believe” creatures.
Tuesday-Friday
Starts 07/09/19 1:30pm
Ends 07/12/19 3:30pm
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Youth Class

Youth Class | Patterns & Textiles

Members (Family level & above) enroll February 11-24. Work with paints, dyes and printmaking techniques to create patterns and designs on a variety of fabrics.
Tuesday-Friday
Starts 07/09/19 1:30pm
Ends 07/12/19 3:30pm
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Youth Class

Youth Class | Art by Accident?

Members (Family level & above) enroll February 11-24. Time to experiment! Try making art that begins with something beyond your control and use your creativity and imagination to transform the “accident” into unique drawings, paintings and prints.
Tuesday-Friday
Starts 07/09/19 1:30pm
Ends 07/12/19 3:30pm
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Youth Class

Youth Class | Fantastic Worlds

Members (Family level & above) enroll February 11-24. Take a look at art based on fantasy or fiction including the exhibition Expedition to the ChimaCloud.
Tuesday-Friday
Starts 07/09/19 1:30pm
Ends 07/12/19 3:30pm
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Adult Class

Adult Class | Painting: The Art of Pattern

Members (Family level & above) enroll February 11-24. See gorgeous and amazing patterns from around the globe and work with acrylic and tempera paints.
Tuesday-Friday
Starts 07/09/19 1:30pm
Ends 07/12/19 4:00pm
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Adult Class

Adult Class | Relating to Art

Thursday
Starts 07/11/19 6:00pm
Ends 07/11/19 8:00pm
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Youth Class

Youth Full-Day Camp | Sun, Sky & Sculpture!

Members (Family level & above) enroll February 11-24. An amazing “outdoor classroom” awaits on the lawn of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art – the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park.
Monday-Friday
Starts 07/15/19 9:00am
Ends 07/19/19 4:00pm
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Youth Class

Youth Full-Day Camp | 3D Design & Printing

Members (Family level & above) enroll February 11-24. Learn the basics of how to create 3D models using simple computer aided design (CAD) software.
Monday-Friday
Starts 07/15/19 9:00am
Ends 07/19/19 4:00pm
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Adult Class

Adult Class | Color & Light

Members (Family level & above) enroll February 11-24. Experiment with drawing and painting as you explore the Bloch Galleries of European Art. Studio processes will focus on working with color, light and mark-making using nature and landscape as the subject matter.
Tuesday-Friday
Starts 07/16/19 10:00am
Ends 07/19/19 12:30pm
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Adult Class

Adult Class | Water Painting: Flying Brush, Dancing Ink

Members (Family level & above) enroll February 11-24. This class explores the techniques of painting and calligraphy.
Tuesday-Friday
Starts 07/16/19 1:30pm
Ends 07/19/19 4:00pm
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Youth Class

Youth Workshop | Things with Wings

Members (Family level & above) enroll February 11-24. Imagine what it would be like to fly! Take flight through the galleries to see all types of creatures with wings and create your own fantastic flying animal.
Saturday
Starts 07/20/19 10:00am
Ends 07/20/19 12:00pm
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Youth Class

Youth Workshop | Dragons Await

Members (Family level & above) enroll February 11-24. Search for mythical dragons in Chinese and Japanese art and design a three-dimensional dragon sculpture.
Saturday
Starts 07/20/19 10:00am
Ends 07/20/19 12:00pm
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Youth Class

Youth Workshop | Out of This World

Members (Family level & above) enroll February 11-24. Visit the multi-media exhibition Expedition to the ChimaCloud, which tells the story of an alternative fantasy universe. Then create mixed-media drawings based on digital projections and fueled by your imagination.
Saturday
Starts 07/20/19 10:00am
Ends 07/20/19 12:00pm
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Youth Class

Youth Full-Day Camp | The Art of Imagination

Members (Family level & above) enroll February 11-24. Learn about Surrealism, play games invented by Surrealist artists and create your own drawings, paintings and sculpture about imaginary people, places, and things.
Monday-Friday
Starts 07/22/19 9:00am
Ends 07/26/19 4:00pm
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Youth Class

Youth Full-Day Camp | Cartoon & Animation: Imaginative Thinking

Members (Family level & above) enroll February 11-24. Jump-start your imagination and day-dreams and up pop funny fantasies to draw. Create funny characters by drawing eyes, ears and noses on basic shapes like pancakes, squares, snowflakes and clams!
Monday-Friday
Starts 07/22/19 9:00am
Ends 07/26/19 4:00pm
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Adult Class

Teen/Adult Class | Printmaking: One of a Kind

Members (Family level & above) enroll February 11-24. Create mono-prints – or single, printed images – as you experiment with using an acetate sheet as the printing plate.
Tuesday-Friday
Starts 07/23/19 1:30pm
Ends 07/26/19 4:00pm
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Youth Class

Adult/Youth Workshop | Fantasy Lands

Members (Family level & above) enroll February 11-24. Visit the modern and contemporary galleries to see the museum’s collection of Surrealist landscape paintings full of mysterious, strange forms. Create your own vision of a dream-like mythical world using drawing, painting and collage.
Thursday
Starts 07/25/19 6:30pm
Ends 07/25/19 8:30pm
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Youth Class

Youth Full-Day Camp | Expedition to Ancient Egypt

Members (Family level & above) enroll February 11-24. See and learn about art in the galleries made for the afterlife and create a variety of drawings, paintings, sculpture and mixed-media artwork inspired by these tomb treasures.
Monday-Friday
Starts 07/29/19 9:00am
Ends 08/02/19 4:00pm
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Youth Class

Youth Full-Day Camp | Cartoon & Animation: Fantastic Fun with Walt Disney

Members (Family level & above) enroll February 11-24. Come imagine and create funny fantasy cartoons including your hand drawn and iStopMotion animations, iMovie voice over narrations and music.
Monday-Friday
Starts 07/29/19 9:00am
Ends 08/02/19 4:00pm
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Youth Class

Youth Class | Look Out for Lines!

Members (Family level & above) enroll February 11-24. Look for and learn all about lines and discover how you can use them in a variety of art processes.
Tuesday-Friday
Starts 07/30/19 10:00am
Ends 08/02/19 12:00pm
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Youth Class

Youth Class | Join the Circus

Members (Family level & above) enroll February 11-24. Step into the whimsical world of Alexander Calder and design your own miniature three-dimensional circus.
Tuesday-Friday
Starts 07/30/19 10:00am
Ends 08/02/19 12:00pm
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Youth Class

Youth Class | Drawing: Amazing Beasts!

Members (Family level & above) enroll February 11-24. Visit the museum galleries each day to locate all sorts of mythical beasts in art.
Tuesday
Starts 07/30/19 10:00am
Ends 08/02/19 12:00pm
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Youth Class

Youth Class | Undersea Adventures

Members (Family level & above) enroll February 11-24. Dream up your own undersea world and create drawings, paintings and sculpture about it.
Tuesday-Friday
Starts 07/30/19 1:30pm
Ends 08/02/19 3:30pm
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Youth Class

Youth Class | Drawing: Amazing Beasts!

Members (Family level & above) enroll February 11-24. Visit the museum galleries each day to locate all sorts of mythical beasts in art.
Tuesday-Friday
Starts 07/30/19 1:30pm
Ends 08/02/19 3:30pm
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Adult Class

Adult Class | Awash in Watercolor

Members (Family level & above) enroll February 11-24. For beginning and experienced painters alike, this watercolor class will develop your skills to paint water in all three of its forms.
Tuesday-Friday
Starts 07/30/19 1:30pm
Ends 08/02/19 4:00pm
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Youth Class

Youth Class | Join the Circus

Members (Family level & above) enroll February 11-24. Step into the whimsical world of Alexander Calder and design your own miniature three-dimensional circus.
Tuesday-Friday
Starts 07/30/19 1:30pm
Ends 08/02/19 3:30pm
Register