Classes for Children and Teens

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6 Saturdays, January 17–February 21, 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).

Winter Session
6 Saturdays, January 17–February 21, 2015, 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: Shapes (ages 4–5)
Children discover geometric and organic shapes in artwork in our galleries. Back in the classroom, they'll make cretive shapes from paper, fabric, paint, and who knows what else?

Buzz, Flutter, Slither, and Claw (ages 5–6)
Find animals, birds, and bugs in our galleries. Come and explore with us and then create these creatures out of all kinds of art materials.

Experiments with Art (ages 6–8)
Artisits learn by experimenting with lots of different materieals. We'll look at some in our galleries and then practice with metal foil, various kinds of paint, papier-mâché, and others.

Time Travelers (ages 8–10)
Travel the world through our galleries, and learn about ancient cultures like Egypt and Greece, the Middle Ages, and the Americas. What was different? What's the same? After our gallery travels we'll make our own art from fabric, paint, clay and more.

Start with the Basics 2 (ages 10–12)
We'll build upon the basics and learn more about line, shape, color, and pattern by practicing. Practice makes perfect with paint, graphite and colored pencil, charcole, and printmaking.

Painting Studio for Teens (ages 13–17)
Mornings, or sign up for the all-day workshop! Using works in our collection, students focus on different styles and techniques in watercolor and acrylic. (Lunch on your own in the building.) See pricing.

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


Museum members have priority registration beginning December 1. Non-members may register beginning December 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 $150/$125. Teen Painting Studio $84/$72 morning or $150/$125 all day. There is a $10 late fee per order begining one week before the 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 session begins. After the first class, consideration is given to refunds on an individual basis.

6 Saturdays, March 14–April 25, 2015 (no class April 4).

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

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