THE NELSON-ATKINS
Adult Studio Classes

Upcoming spring classes Registration opens soon!


Watercolor Florals

From Roses to Cherry Blossoms, flowers have the power to enhance our mood and uplift any space they adorn. In this class, we will look at the museum collection for inspiration and discover techniques for painting flowers in watercolor. Students will explore the ‘direct’ watercolor approach, floral composition, and observational painting. All skill levels are welcome, and supplies are provided. 

Thursdays | Four week class | 1:30–4 p.m.
March 28–April 18 | Classroom 6
$250 public | $200 Members
Instructor: Barry Teghtmeyer
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Built in Clay

Explore various hand-building techniques in clay. Use coil and slab building to create artwork that is functional, decorative or both!  Find ceramic pieces throughout the museum’s collection to gather inspiration. All supplies provided and all experience levels are welcome.  

Fridays | Six week class | 1:30–4 p.m.
March 29–May 3 | Classroom 5
$375 public | $300 Members
Instructor: Angela Rangel
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Explore and Create: Inspired by Glamorous Women

Delve into the exquisite creations showcased in the Glamorous Women, Gender & Fashion exhibition. Unravel the embroidered theater images by exploring the gallery and archived documents with the Curator of Chinese Art Ling-En and Spencer Reference Library staff. Let your creativity flourish as you create your very own artwork. All supplies are provided. Sips and Snacks are available for purchase in the Bloch Lobby.  

Michelle Chan is an interdisciplinary artist based in Kansas City, Missouri. Her work addresses being an American-born Chinese through the lens of pop culture and consumerism. 

Friday | One session class | 6–8:30 p.m.
April 5 | Classrooms 4 & 5
$60 public | $48 Members
Instructor: Michelle Chan
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Artists at Play

Explore the creative vision of Niki de Saint Phalle, renowned for her bold and imaginative sculptures, paintings, and public art installations, then get creative in 3D! Design a playful work of art with a friend or on your own to take with you at the end of the night. All skill levels are welcome, and all supplies are provided. 

Friday | One session class | 6–8 p.m.
May 17 | Classroom 4 & 5
$50 public | $40 Members
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Storytelling Workshop

Every artwork tells an exciting story! Develop storytelling skills with Sue Moreno, a local artist featured in the A Layered Presence exhibition and professional storyteller through Storyteller for Change and the Latinx Education Collaborative, Iván Ramirez. Explore some of the museum’s best stories, then create a collage with a photo you would like to include in your artwork. In the last session, share your story with family in friends in the final session. All supplies are provided. 

Image courtesy of the artist. 

Saturdays | Three week class | 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
March 23–April 6 | Classroom 5
$150 public | $120 Members
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Textile Adventures

Learn new sewing techniques in this hands-on class! Explore the museum for ancient and contemporary ways of creating fiber-based artworks. All skill levels are welcome, and supplies are provided. 

Saturdays | Four week class | 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
April 6–27 | Classroom 6
$200 public | $160 Members
Instructor: Lily Erb
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Painter Studio: Acrylics

Get your palettes ready for Painters Studio! Develop the fundamentals of painting, brush techniques, and composition as you bring your imagination to life on canvas. Look at works from museum’s Medieval to Contemporary collections for a variety of painting styles. All skill levels are welcome, and supplies are provided.    

Saturdays | Six week class | 1:30–4 p.m.
March 23–April 27 | Classroom 4
$375 public | $300 Members
Instructor: Suzann Geringer
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Botanical Drawing

Blossom in the world of botanical drawing! Search the museum’s collection for flowers and foliage then develop drawing, shading, and composition skills to produce stunning botanical drawings. All skill levels are welcome, and supplies are provided. 

Saturdays | Three week class | 1:30–3:30 p.m.
March 23–April 6 | Classroom 6
$150 public | $120 Members
Instructor: Lorraine Elmore
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Ongoing winter classes


Watercolor: Shadow and Light

Need to infuse your paintings with a sense of drama? Learn to utilize glazing techniques to create dramatic focal points and paint light breaking through darknessTake inspiration from photos and paintings in the museum’s collection that offer a similar sense of drama. Supplies provided. 

Four session class, 120 minute sessions | 1:30–3:30 p.m.
Thursdays, Feb 8–29 | Classroom 6
$200 public | $160 Members


Gallery Sketch Class

Immerse yourself in art! Spend time drawing in a different gallery each week, then develop your sketches into finished works of art. Participants will complete a drawing using a different technique each date and are welcome to join one or all four sessions. Supplies provided. 

One session class, 120 minute session | 6–8 p.m.
Thursdays, Feb 15, 22, 29, & March 7
$50 public | $40 Members
Register Feb. 15
Register Feb. 22
Register Feb. 29
Register Mar. 7


For the Love of Monet

In his twilight years, Monet’s bold colors and expressive brush strokes sparked a passion in a new generation of Abstract Expressionists. Explore the Monet and his Modern Legacy exhibition and let the brilliance of Monet’s work re-ignite your love of art! Join us solo or with friends and family as you release your inner abstract expressionist for a night of artistic fun. All supplies are provided, and all skill levels are welcome! 

One session class, 120 minute session | 6–8 p.m.
Friday, Feb 9 | Classroom 4
$50 public | $40 Members
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Back to Bookmaking

Bookmaking is back by popular demand! Develop the techniques and skills needed to construct unique art books inspired by the Nelson-Atkins collection. Supplies provided. 

Four session class, 120 minute sessions | 1:30–3:30 p.m.
Saturdays, Feb 3–24 | Classroom 5
$200 public | $160 Members
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Mixed Media Dragons

Dragons fill the Nelson-Atkins galleries! Draw inspiration from the more than 600 dragons in the museum’s collection, then create your own vibrant and playful interpretations. From art history to drawing techniques, this is your opportunity to get excited about dragons in mixed media. Supplies provided. 

Four session class, 120 minute session | 1:30–3:30 p.m.
Saturdays, Feb 3–24 | Classroom 6
$200 public | $160 Members


Ink & Impressions

Experience the rich world of printmaking! Nurture your artistic abilities to create stunning artwork on paper! Take inspiration from works on paper in the museum collection. Supplies are provided and all skill levels are welcome. 

Three session class, 120 minute session | 1:30–3:30 p.m.
Saturdays, Feb. 24–March 9 | Classroom 4
$150 public | $120 Members
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Exploring Nature’s Canvas

Delve into the art of capturing landscapes through various artistic mediums. Journey through artworks in the collection and the exhibition Landscapes: Real and Imagined. From rolling hills to tranquil lakes and majestic mountains, you will learn to translate the wonders of the outdoors onto your artistic canvas. All supplies are provided.  

Three session class, 120 minute sessions | 1:30–3:30 p.m.
Saturdays, Feb 3–17 | Classroom 4
$200 public | $160 Members
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Beaded Bracelets

Create a beaded bracelet with local Oglala Lakota / Haliwa-Saponi artist, TK Richardson! Beginners welcome, all supplies provided

Two session class, 240 minute session | Noon–4 p.m.
Saturdays, March 2 & 9 | Classroom 6
$200 public | $160 Members
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A limited number of need-based studio class scholarships are available. To apply, please complete the scholarship application form. If you have questions, please contact scholarships@nelson-atkins.org for more information.

Cancellations made five business days prior to a class may be refunded, less a $15 processing fee per enrollment. No refunds will be issued for cancellations made less than five business days prior, due to absence, or after a class begins. If a class is cancelled due to low enrollment, your enrollment fee will be refunded in full. We do not issue credits toward future classes or workshops if you cancel your enrollment or miss a class. There are no make-up classes due to absence. Switching enrollment from one class/workshop to another will result in a $10 transfer fee on a per student/per class basis.