Classes for Children and Teens

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6 Saturdays, March 14-April 25, 2015, 10:00–11:30 a.m. or 1:00–2:30 p.m.

The Cleveland Museum of Art offers an opportunity for children ages 3 to 17 to learn about the museum’s treasures while developing their own creativity. We learn by looking at real art in the galleries and then making art in the studio. 

Classes meet for six Saturdays during the school year in fall, winter, and spring. Summer classes meet for four or five Saturdays in July, or children can take classes on both Tuesdays and Thursdays during that month. Most classes are held both in the morning (from 10:00-11:30 a.m.) or in the afternoon (from 1:00-2:30 p.m.). 

Also note that we offer the following special classes for preschoolers: My Very First Art Class Littlest Learners (ages 1½–2½ ), and My Very First Art Class Siblings (ages 2–4½). These classes are for children and their favorite grown-up, and they meet for four Fridays per session (dates vary).

Spring Session
6 Saturdays, March 14–April 25, 2015, (no class April 4) 10:00–11:30 a.m. or 1:00–2:30 p.m. 

Art For Parent and Child (age 3)
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: Pattern (ages 4–5)
Almost every gallery is overflowing with examples of patterns. We’ll look for patterns in paintings, ceramics, textiles, and maybe even a mummy case. Children practice making patterns to hang up, wear, and play with.

Line Around (ages 5–6)
Young artists search for lines in our galleries and experiment producing their own lines using paint brushes, pastel chalks, and other implements—even sticks and wheels!

Colorific (ages 6–8)
The focus is on COLOR! What is your favorite color? Children mix colors in paint, oil pastels, and more to create landscapes, portraits, and other images. They will also experiment with translucent and opaque papers to make colorful collages.

Vivid Visions (ages 8–10)
Inspired by art in our galleries, students create colorful prints, collages, 3-D constructions, and paintings in a variety of media.

Start with the Basics 3 (ages 10–12)
We have been learning about the basic fundamentals of art. In this class we will practice our skills of drawing, shading, and using darks and lights in the composition. Everyone is welcome! Different projects every week or so.

Teen Drawing Workshop (ages 13–17)
Afternoons only. Teens use perspective, contour, and shading to create expressive drawings and linear designs. Students learn from observation in our galleries as well as exercises in the classroom.

Claymation: Bring Art To Life! (ages 11 and up)
Mornings only. Create characters from armatures and polymer clay to bring CMA images to life. Write your own story with these images as the stage then utilize still cameras and our editing equipment to produce stop-motion animation shorts. Limit 10. Special price: $150, CMA members $125.


Most classes $84, CMA members $72. Art for Parent and Child $96/$84. Claymation $150/$125. Registration for all studios is on a first-come, first-served basis. Register through the ticket center: 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 cancelled 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 will be given on an individual basis. $10 late fee, per order beginning one week before class starts.


4 Saturdays, July 11–August 1, 2015; 8 weekdays, July 11-August 1, 2015.

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