Education Classes and Camps
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 in fall, winter, and spring, and Summer Art Camps Summer Art Camps beginning in June.
Sue Dunham Memorial Scholarship Fund
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.
Youth Studio Class: Modern Painting
Ages 6–10, 11–15 | 4:30 p.m.–6 p.m. | $140/$95 Members
Create paintings inspired by Modern masters. See different styles of painting in the feature exhibition A Modern Vision, then try them out for yourself. Use paint in thick and chunky layers, share your feelings through color, explore and learn to understand abstraction.
Adult Class: Looking at Art: Sculpture
2 p.m.–3 p.m. | $90/$60 Members
Discover some of the extraordinary collections that have been generously gifted to the Museum over the decades during facilitated dialogues with Museum educator Brigid Globensky. This four-session class will help you gain confidence in your ability to discuss and interpret works of art.
Summer Art Camps
Ages 11–15, 1:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. | $200/$150 Member
June 22–25: Fabric
Cozy up and find inspiration within The Quilts of Pauline Parker before telling your own stories through fabric. Use a variety of sewing techniques to create quilt squares, and then assemble them into a finished fabric piece. Learn the process of quilting, try basic hand-stitching, and work a sewing machine—no prior sewing experience needed!
July 6–9: Painting
Tour the Museum’s Collection, looking at paintings from the Renaissance to the present day that show a range of techniques and subject matter. Then, learn to stretch a canvas, experiment with color mixing, create texture, and discover your own style.
July 20–23: Photography
Capture the Museum and its campus, inside and out! Use our class cameras to learn the basics of digital photography. Explore elements of composition as you focus on unusual viewpoints, abstract details, and more. Plus, make a cyanotype from one of your own negatives.
July 27–30: Printmaking
Discover how artists and designers in the Museum’s Collection have experimented with printmaking, and then try your hand at different printmaking processes, such as carving linoleum and setting type. Leave with your own individual prints, as well as a handmade book that brings together the work done by your whole class.
Aug 3–6: Design
Explore the feature exhibition Scandinavian Design and the United States, 1890–1980 and the Museum’s Collection to discover innovative design in objects we use every day— from furniture to housewares, and jewelry to textiles. Imagine, draw, and model your own designs using a variety of materials, such as clay, wood, and metal.
Aug 10–13: Clay
Find many different examples of pottery—from functional to funky—within the Museum’s Collection. Gather ideas in your sketchbooks, and then bring them to life in the Studio, where you’ll learn hand-built clay techniques. Then, experiment with surface design—add texture and paint with slip.
For questions regarding class registration, 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% of the price of the class. No refunds after class starts. Save on registration by becoming a Milwaukee Art Museum Member!