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.

Youth Studio Classes

Spring Youth Studio Class: Exploring Landscapes
Sketch and experiment with painting techniques as you explore scenes close to home, far away, and in the realm of the imagination. Students will learn to stretch a canvas and will take inspiration from paintings in the exhibition Coming Away: Winslow Homer and England and the Museum’s Collection.
Schedule: 6 Thursdays: February 15, 22, March 1–22, 4:30–6 p.m.
Ages: Ages 6–10, 11–15

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 Summer Camps

Calling all young art enthusiasts! Build on your love of art and making things, in Museum summer camps. Be inspired by the works of art at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Explore the exhibitions during fun-filled, interactive tours, and make your own creations in hands-on projects in the Kohl’s Art Generation Studio. Each class has a different focus and includes time for drawing in a personalized sketchbook. Sign up for one camp—or the entire series!

Ages 6–10, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., $150/$100 Members
Ages 11–15, 1:30-4:30 p.m., $200/$150 Members
Classes run Monday through Thursday

June 18–21: Portraiture
Explore portraiture in the Museum’s Collection—from the miniature to the oversized, both human and animal, and with an emphasis on traditional materials and techniques. Use pencil, chalk, and paint in this class, and learn how to stretch and prepare your own canvas.

June 25–28: Photographing Nature
See nature through the eyes of nineteenth-century photographers in Photographing Nature’s Cathedrals, taking in majestic scenes of mountains, canyons, caves, and rivers. Take pictures of the Museum’s grounds with a digital camera (provided,) and make sun prints of natural objects.

July 9–12: Drawing in Motion
Tell a story, taking inspiration from the multi-screen video piece, William Kentridge: More Sweetly Play the Dance. Draw backgrounds in charcoal and more, build mixed-media characters and props, and then work as a group to create a short stop-motion film using a digital camera.

July 16–19: Painting: Beyond the Brush
Dive into painting—with a twist! Take inspiration from modern and contemporary artists in the Museum’s Collection, and then try out different ways to make a painting. Brush, pour, layer, and scratch through paint, as you experiment with unusual tools and a range of surfaces.

July 23–26: Exploring Printmaking
Tour the galleries for inspiration, including a feature exhibition of prints by Francisco Goya. Sketch scenes from both life and your imagination, and learn how to turn your drawings into prints. Work in both black and white and color. And, just for fun—invent your own stamp!

July 30–Aug 2: Creating with Clay
Discover ceramic treasures in the Museum’s Collection—from fanciful drinking cups to portraits, to purely sculptural forms. Explore clay hand-building techniques, including coil, slab, and pinch pot methods. Play with surface by carving textures, and painting with clay slip.

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.

Adult Classes

Behind-the-Scenes at the Museum
Join museum educator Brigid Globensky and discover what happens behind the gallery walls as you learn about art conservation, storage, framing and exhibition design. Each of the four sessions is spent in a different area of the curatorial and design departments, not accessible to the public, learning from staff experts on what it takes to care for a world-class art collection.

Schedule: 4 Tuesdays: June 5 - 26, 2-3 pm
Pricing: $90/$60 Member

Class Registration

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!

Join the Milwaukee Art Museum

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.