THE NELSON-ATKINS
Youth Studio Classes

Summer classes Registration opens soon!

Week 1 | Niki de Saint Phalle | June 26–June 28

Register for only morning or afternoon. Please note: If your child is attending a morning and an afternoon session in the same week, you must pick them up between the sessions. No childcare is offered between classes. 

Shapes and Form

Find shapes throughout the galleries, including those in the featured exhibition, Niki de Saint Phalle: Rebellion and Joy, then create colorful works of art that are both flat and 3D! All supplies provided. Children should feel comfortable without a parent guardian. 

Three session class | Wednesday, June 26–Friday, June 28
$150 public | $120 Members
Youth 3–5 years

Register | AM | 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (COMING SOON)
Register | PM | 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. (COMING SOON)

Joyful Forms

The artist Niki de Saint Phalle’s work features fun and colorful characters she called Nanas whose playful poses and big personalities will inspire artwork of our own. All supplies provided.

Three session class | Wednesday, June 26–Friday, June 28
$150 public | $120 Members
Youth 6–8 years

Register | AM | 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (COMING SOON)
Register | PM | 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. (COMING SOON)

Kinetic Collage

Gather inspiration in the exhibition Niki de Saint Phalle: Rebellion and Joy which includes a moving assemblage! Use brads and folds to create a colorful collage of your own that moves, too! All supplies provided.

Three session class | Wednesday, June 26–Friday, June 28
$150 public | $120 Members
Youth 9–11 years

Register | AM | 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (COMING SOON)
Register | PM | 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. (COMING SOON)

Art as Activism

Gather inspiration in the exhibition Niki de Saint Phalle: Rebellion and Joy which includes a moving assemblage! Use brads and folds to create a colorful collage of your own that moves, too! All supplies provided.

Three session class | Wednesday, June 26–Friday, June 28
$150 public | $120 Members
Teen 12–15 years

Register | AM | 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (COMING SOON)
Register | PM | 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. (COMING SOON)


 

Week 2 | Fantastical Creations | July 10–July 12

Register for only morning or afternoon. Please note: If your child is attending a morning and an afternoon session in the same week, you must pick them up between the sessions. No childcare is offered between classes. 

Fantasy Friends

Explore the galleries for mythical creatures and other friendly beings and then make your own! All supplies provided. Children should feel comfortable without a parent guardian. 

Three session class | Wednesday, July 10–Friday, July 12
$150 public | $120 Members
Youth 3–5 years

Register | AM | 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (COMING SOON)
Register | PM | 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. (COMING SOON)

Mythical Monsters

Embark on a journey through ancient artworks to uncover fantasy creatures, then breathe life into your own mythical beings in this captivating art class! All supplies provided. 

Three session class | Wednesday, July 10–Friday, July 12
$150 public | $120 Members
Youth 6–8 years

Register | AM | 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (COMING SOON)
Register | PM | 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. (COMING SOON)

Dragons, Knights, and Castles

From regal dragons to knights in shining armor, find inspiration in the galleries as you channel your creativity to inspire your artwork! All supplies provided. . 

Three session class | Wednesday, July 10–Friday, July 12
$150 public | $120 Members
Youth 9–11 years

Register | AM | 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (COMING SOON)
Register | PM | 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. (COMING SOON)


 

Week 3 | Around the World | July 17–July 19

Register for only morning or afternoon. Please note: If your child is attending a morning and an afternoon session in the same week, you must pick them up between the sessions. No childcare is offered between classes. 

Art All Around

Young artists will explore animal art in the galleries and then create their own “wild” works of art using paint and collage. All supplies provided. Children should feel comfortable without a parent guardian.

Three session class | Wednesday, July 17–Friday, July 19
$150 public | $120 Members
Youth 3–5 years

Register | AM | 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (COMING SOON)
Register | PM | 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. (COMING SOON)

Art Passport

Animals are everywhere! After looking at animals of all sizes in the galleries, create cute critters in the studio classroom. All supplies provided.   

Three session class | Wednesday, July 17–Friday, July 19
$150 public | $120 Members
Youth 6–8 years

Register | AM | 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (COMING SOON)
Register | PM | 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. (COMING SOON)

Ancient Explorers

From horses to lions to dragons, the galleries are filled with art from the world of nature. After finding inspiration in the galleries, create mixed media artwork in the studio classroom. All supplies provided. 

Three session class | Wednesday, July 17–Friday, July 19
$150 public | $120 Members
Youth 6–8 years

Register | AM | 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (COMING SOON)
Register | PM | 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. (COMING SOON)

Stitch and Style

Let imagination run wild by creating your own fantasy worlds. Be inspired to create vibrant and imaginative illustrations inspired by dragons and other mythical creatures in the museum’s collection. All supplies are provided. 

Three session class | Wednesday, July 17–Friday, July 19
$150 public | $120 Members
Teen 12–15 years

Register | AM | 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (COMING SOON)
Register | PM | 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. (COMING SOON)


 

Week 4 | Museum Zoo | July 24–July 26

Register for only morning or afternoon. Please note: If your child is attending a morning and an afternoon session in the same week, you must pick them up between the sessions. No childcare is offered between classes. 

Paws, Claws, and Brushes

Young artists will explore animal art in the galleries and then create their own “wild” works of art using paint and collage. All supplies provided. Children should feel comfortable without a parent guardian. 

Three session class | Wednesday, July 24–Friday, July 26
$150 public | $120 Members
Youth 3–5 years

Register | AM | 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (COMING SOON)
Register | PM | 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. (COMING SOON)

Artful Critters

Animals are everywhere! After looking at animals of all sizes in the galleries, create cute critters in the studio classroom. All supplies provided.   

Three session class | Wednesday, July 24–Friday, July 26
$150 public | $120 Members
Youth 6–8 years

Register | AM | 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (COMING SOON)
Register | PM | 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. (COMING SOON)

Aesthetic Animals

From horses to lions to dragons, the galleries are filled with art from the world of nature. After finding inspiration in the galleries, create mixed media artwork in the studio classroom. All supplies provided. 

Three session class | Wednesday, July 24–Friday, July 26
$150 public | $120 Members
Youth 9–11 years

Register | AM | 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (COMING SOON)
Register | PM | 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. (COMING SOON)

Fantastical Illustrations

Let imagination run wild by creating your own fantasy worlds. Be inspired to create vibrant and imaginative illustrations inspired by dragons and other mythical creatures in the museum’s collection. All supplies are provided. 

Three session class | Wednesday, July 24–Friday, July 26
$150 public | $120 Members
Teen 12–15 years

Register | AM | 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (COMING SOON)
Register | PM | 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. (COMING SOON)


 

Week 5 | Innovation, Design, and Discovery | July 31–August 2

Register for only morning or afternoon. Please note: If your child is attending a morning and an afternoon session in the same week, you must pick them up between the sessions. No childcare is offered between classes. 

Color Lab

Learn how artists have used color in many innovative ways! Then create using techniques inspired by works in the Impressionist, Modern, and Contemporary galleries. All supplies provided. Children should feel comfortable without a parent guardian. 

Three session class | Wednesday, July 31–Friday, August 2
$150 public | $120 Members
Youth 3–5 years

Register | AM | 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (COMING SOON)
Register | PM | 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. (COMING SOON)

Artful Assemblage

Discover how artists have used found objects and recycled materials to create contemporary sculptures, then create one of your own! All supplies provided. 

Three session class | Wednesday, July 31–Friday, August 2
$150 public | $120 Members
Youth 6–8 years

Register | AM | 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (COMING SOON)
Register | PM | 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. (COMING SOON)

Inventive Designs

Sketch architecture around the museum, then build the structure of your dreams! All supplies included. 

Three session class | Wednesday, July 31–Friday, August 2
$150 public | $120 Members
Youth 9–11 years

Register | AM | 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (COMING SOON)
Register | PM | 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. (COMING SOON)

Art-Tech Fusion

Enter the Art + Tech Lab, where experimentation and innovation collide to create artworks. All supplies are provided. 

Three session class | Wednesday, July 31–Friday, August 2
$150 public | $120 Members
Teen 12–15 years

Register | AM | 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (COMING SOON)
Register | PM | 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. (COMING SOON)


 

Fun Art Saturdays

Sign up for a Saturday full of fun art activities! Children should feel comfortable without a parent or guardian.


Saturday, July 13

Super Shapes

Seek out shapes in the galleries, then create your super shape work of art! Activities are designed to be developmentally appropriate for each age group. All supplies included.

10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
$50 public | $40 Members

Register | 3–4 Years (COMING SOON)
Register | 5–6 Years (COMING SOON)
Register | 7–9 Years (COMING SOON)

Maker Studio: Drawing and Painting

Search the galleries for various drawing and painting techniques, then experiment in the classrooms. Activities are designed to be developmentally appropriate for each age group. All supplies included. 

July 13 | 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
$50 public | $40 Members

Register | 10–12 Years (COMING SOON)
Register | 13–15 Years (COMING SOON)


Saturday, July 27

Art and Movement

Notice how artists create visual movement in works of art, then get moving yourself to create an original work of art! Activities are designed to be developmentally appropriate for each age group. All supplies included. 

10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
$50 public | $40 Members

Register | 3–4 Years (COMING SOON)
Register | 5–6 Years (COMING SOON)
Register | 7–9 Years (COMING SOON)

Maker Studio: Art and Movement

A variety of stations will be set up in the studio classroom for teens to explore art and technology. A perfect opportunity to try out a new art medium! Activities are designed to be developmentally appropriate for each age group. All supplies included. 

10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
$50 public | $40 Members

Register | 10–12 Years (COMING SOON)
Register | 13–15 Years (COMING SOON)


Spring classes Classes ongoing - Registration closed

Line, Shape Pattern

Patterns are all around! Look for patterns in a new gallery each week, then use shapes, lines, and colors to create artworks. Supplies provided. 

Saturdays | Six week class | 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m.
March 23–April 27 | Classroom 1
$225 public | $180 Members
Youth 6–8 years

Start in Art

Nurture a child’s creativity! Young children explore art concepts by working with paint, collage and clayVisits to the galleries contain age-appropriate activities that allow students to see and talk about art as a group. Students should feel comfortable without a parent or guardian.   

Saturdays | Six week class | 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m.
March 23–April 27 | Classroom 4
$225 public | $180 Members
Youth 3–5 years

Fun with 3D

Create and experiment with various materials in the studio! From an exciting new kinetic sculpture to more traditional bronzes, journey through the world of sculptures in the museum’s collection, then create 3D art of your own. All supplies are provided. 

Saturdays | Six week class | 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m.
March 23–April 27 | Classroom 3
$225 public | $180 Members
Youth 8–10 years

Clay Creations

Explore hand building techniques and a variety of glaze applications inspired by works of art from all over the world! Please note: to allow for drying and firing, some student work will need to be picked up 2-4 weeks after class is over.  All supplies are provided.  

Saturdays | Six week class | 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m.
March 23–April 27 | Classroom 7
$225 public | $180 Members
Youth 9–13 years

Pop Art

Play with colors using collage, painting, and drawing techniques inspired by the museum’s pop art collection! Discover various ways to abstract art. All Supplies are provided.  

Saturdays | Four week class | 1:30–3 p.m.
March 23–April 13 | Classroom 3
$150 public | $120 Members
Youth 9–13 years

Painting Portraits

From ancient to contemporary art, there are plenty of portraits across the museum! Build techniques in portraiture by examining the varying styles of artworks. All supplies are provided.  

Saturdays | Four week class | 1:30–3 p.m.
March 23–April 13 | Classroom 2
$150 public | $120 Members
Youth 6–8 years

Creative Creatures

The museum is full of mystical and mythical creatures! Find these impressive animals in the museum’s collection, then create your very own using drawing, painting, and collage. All supplies are provided. 

Saturdays | Four week class | 1:30–3 p.m.
March 23–April 13 | Classroom 2
$150 public | $120 Members
Youth 8–10 years
This class has been cancelled!