Classes for Children and Teens
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).
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)
Discover geometric and organic shapes in our galleries. Back in the classroom, we'll make shapes from paper, fabric, paint, and many other things.
Buzz, Flutter, Slither, and Claw (ages 5–6)
Find bugs, birds, snakes, and animals in our galleries and then create these creatures out of all kinds of art materials.
Art Experiments (ages 6–8)
Artists learn by experimenting with lots of different materials. We'll look at examples in our collection and then practice with metal foil, paint, papier-mâché, and found materials.
Time Travelers (ages 8–10)
Travel the world through our galleries and visit Egypt, Japan, South America, and the Middle Ages in Europe. After our travels we'll make our own art from fabric, paint, clay, and other materials.
Draw, Paint, Print! (ages 10–12)
Learn new skills and perfect the ones you already know. Experiment with color mixing and different kinds of paint. Learn simple printmaking techniques. Anyone can succeed in this class with a sampling of media.
Intro to Painting for Teens (ages 13–17)
We will focus on different styles and techniques using watercolor and acrylic. The class learns from observation in the galleries as well as exercises in the classroom.
Claymation: Bring Art To Life! (ages 11 and up)
Learn how to make characters from armatures and polymer clay. Use paintings from our CMA collection as the backdrop and breathe new life and narratives into them. We will use our editing equipment to produce stop-action animation shorts. Instructor: Dave Shaw. Limit 10. $120, CMA members $100.
FEES AND REGISTRATION
Most classes $84, CMA family members $72. Art for Parent and Child $96/$84. Claymation $120/$100. Members registration begins December 1, general registration on December 15. Register through the ticket center.
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.
SAVE THE DATES FOR SPRING!
6 Saturdays, March 15–April 26 (no class April 19), 10:00–11:30 a.m. or 1:00–2:30 p.m.