Classes for Children and Teens
Museum Art Classes
These studios for students ages 3–17 combine a visit to the CMA galleries and art making in the classroom. Children can learn about the museum’s treasures while discovering his or her creativity in the process. Each week, classes visit the galleries, then experiment with different techniques based on the masterpieces they’ve discovered. Students learn by looking, discussing, and creating.
Summer Session Six Saturdays/June 16–July 28 (no class June 23), 10:00–11:30 or 1:00–2:30, or seven weekdays, Tuesdays & Thursdays/June 12–July 3, 10:00–11:30.
Art for Parent and Child (age 3) Saturday 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: Color (ages 4–5) Saturdays only. Explore and discover while learning about color in artworks and then make your own colorful renditions.
Summer Breeze (ages 5–6) Paint, draw, and construct with the energy of summer to make kinetic forms—from kites and waving flags to things on the wing.
Celebrate! (ages 7–8) Explore different kinds of celebrations around the world and be inspired to create your own.
Clay for Kids (ages 8–12) Weekdays only. Learn various hand-building methods to create unique sculptural and utilitarian pieces that will be fired. Practice glazing techniques, decorate a preformed item, and learn about polymer clay. Limit 12.
Made in America (ages 8–10) Explore the art of Native Americans, settlers and explorers, turn-of-the-century decorative arts, and contemporary artists. Create using a variety of media.
Art in the Park (ages 10–12) Draw and paint outdoors, weather permitting, in the park-like setting surrounding the museum. Classes are held inside as needed.
Printmaking for Teens (ages 12–17) Weekday mornings only. Create one-of-a-kind monotypes, multiple linoleum prints, and a silk-screened image. Study various types of prints in the collection and learn how to print with or without a press.
Teen Drawing Workshop (ages 13–17) Saturday afternoons only. Use perspective, contour, and shading to create expressive drawings and linear designs through observation in the galleries and exercises in the classroom.
Fees and Registration
Saturday classes: $90, CMA members $75. Parent and Child: $100/$90. Weekday classes: $125/$105. Clay for Kids: $140/$125. Registration for all studios is on a first-come, first-served basis. Member registration begins May 1; nonmembers May 16. Register through the ticket center at 216-421-7350. There is a $10 late fee per order beginning one week before class starts.
Classes with insufficient registration will be combined or canceled three days 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.
Circle Sampler Camp This weeklong camp is a perfect way to sample 10 different cultural institutions. Monday–Friday, 9:00–5:00. Grades 1–3: June 11–15, 18–22, or 25–29. Grades 4–6: July 9–13 or 16–20. $300, members of any participating institution $250. Register by calling the Cleveland Museum of Natural History at 216-231-4600 or visit at cmnh.org/csc.
Laurel School Camps Five-day camps are held at Laurel School Lyman Campus on Mondays and each morning. Educators from the Cleveland Museum of Art visit the school on the first day to introduce and connect participants to the collection. Afternoon field trips to the museum (Tuesday–Friday) offer campers the opportunity to learn about multiple art techniques and to be inspired by masterpieces in the collection. $425 per week. Register by calling Laurel School at 216-464-1441 or visit laurelschool.org.
Painting Camp with the Cleveland Museum of Art Monday–Friday/June 18–22, 9:00–4:00. Students entering grades 1–3 learn painting techniques for five different media: watercolor, tempera, acrylic, egg tempera, and encaustic.
Painting Camp with the Cleveland Museum of Art Monday–Friday/July 30–August 3, 9:00–4:00. Students entering grades 4–7. See description above.
Art Exploration Camp with the Cleveland Museum of Art Monday–Friday/June 25–29, 9:00–4:00. Students entering grades 5–8 paint, draw, sculpt, print, and more using observation and imagination.