Classes for Children and Teens

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6 Saturdays, October 18–November 22, 2014, 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).

Fall Session
6 Saturdays, October 18–November 22, 2014, 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: Line (ages 4–5)
Discovery and imagination are encouraged as children hunt through our galleries to find lines. Back in the studio, they'll use all kinds of materials to make art with lines.

Imagine That! (ages 5–6)
Griffins, unicorns, and other creatures are hiding in the museum! Using fantasy, reality, and images from our galleries, children activate their imaginations and work with paint, paper, clay, and fabric.

Art Adventures (ages 6–8)
Students will draw inspiration from around the world—Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas—then interpret and create designs and images of their own.

Super Size It! (ages 8–10)
Design and construct sculptures, mixed-media pieces, and paintings on a huge scale! (Objects must fit through the door.)

Start with the Basics (ages 10–12)
Learn the fundamentals of art by experimenting with line, shape, color, and pattern to create amazing drawings, paintings, and images.

Teen Drawing Workshop (ages 13–18)
Afternoons only. Teens use perspective, contour, and shading to create expressive drawings and linear experiments. The class learns from observation in the galleries as well as drawing exercises in the classroom.

Claymation: Bring Art To Life! (ages 11–17)
Mornings only. Learn how to make characters from armatures and polymer clay. Use paintings from our CMA collection as the backdrop and bring new life and narratives into them. We will use our editing equipment to produce stop-action animated shorts. Instructor: Dave Shaw. Limit 10. $120, CMA members $100.



Museum members have priority registration beginning September 1. Non-members may register beginning September 16.

Register in person or call the Ticket Center at 216-421-7350

Most classes $84, CMA members $72. Art for Parent and Child $96/$84. Claymation $120/$100.

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 session begins. After the first class, consideration is given to refunds on an individual basis.

6 Saturdays, January 17–February 21, 2015.

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