Expand your experience of the works in the Collection galleries through a variety of gallery-based classes. Our team of nationally recognized educators brings art history to life in dynamic art appreciation classes, and our studio artists are ready to equip you with the techniques used to create some of your favorite works of art—all while inspiring you to develop your own artistic style. There’s something to engage all ages and interests.
The Museum offers Youth Studio Classes for ages 6–15 in Fall, Winter, and Spring, as well as six weeks of Summer Art Camps starting mid-June.
Ages 6–10 and 11–15
Take inspiration from the special exhibition Uncommon Folk: Traditions in American Art to create sculptures using new and unusual materials and methods! Turn a sketch you make in the galleries into a sculpture, make a dimensional painting, make art from found objects, and more.
Teachers meet students at Museum admissions.
Register for Sculptural Experiments.
Art Appreciation Class
Brigid Globensky, Barbara Brown Lee, Senior Director of Education and Public Programs
Join museum educator Brigid Globensky to more fully discover the richness in a single work of art. Similar to a book club discussion, each of the four sessions is spent experiencing an individual masterpiece in the Museum’s galleries as the group shares close observation and reflections on the painting or sculpture.
Schedule: Tuesdays, 1:30–2:30 PM
Helena Ehlke, Artist/Instructor
Learn secrets painters used prior to the 20th century to create masterpieces of optical 3-dimensional sculptural form and spatial depth. Through hands-on exercises, demos, lectures and gallery visits, this class focuses on studying Indirect Painting in layers. Your visual understanding of 20th and 21st century painters will also be enhanced as you study distinctly different processes of earlier painters starting with the earliest oil painters in art history! This class is open to beginning oil painters, non-painting art appreciators and advanced professional painters. Learning is intense but fun! Contact instructor Helena Ehlke at 414-224-3832 for additional information.
Schedule: Wednesdays, 1–4 PM
Meet in Quadracci Suite near Windhover Hall (Please arrive 10 minutes before 1:00 PM). Classes are sequential; must attend all 5 classes.
To register for classes, call 414-224-3803. Class fees include supplies, unless otherwise noted, as well as admission to the Museum’s galleries on the day of each session. Registration closes five working days prior to class start date. If you cancel 24 hours prior to the first session of class, there is a cancellation fee of 50 percent of the price of the class. No refunds after class starts. Save on registration by becoming a Milwaukee Art Museum Member!
Scholarships are available for school-age students interested in pursuing art who are in need of financial assistance. Download the Sue Dunham Memorial Scholarship Fund application or call 414-224-3803 for details.
Museum Membership includes free admission for one full year, discounts in the Museum Store and on all classes, and much more! Class gift certificates are now available to purchase. Call 414-224-3803 for details.