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Classes


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



Youth Studio Class: Painting

Explore the tradition of painting through the portraits and scenes in the exhibition Bouguereau & America and the galleries. Learn to stretch a canvas, mix paint colors, and more.

Schedule: 5 Thursdays: Feb 7–March 7
Time: 4:30–6 p.m.
Ages: 6-10; 11-15
Price: $95 for Members; $140 for Non-Members

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.

Summer Art Camps 2019


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 studio. Each class has a different focus. 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 24–27: Clay

Take inspiration from ceramic pieces in the Museum’s Collection, with a special focus on images of animals and aspects of nature. Learn a number of hand-building techniques using air-dry clay, draw with slip, and experiment with texture.

July 8–11: Painting and Drawing

Tour paintings that depict people or tell a story, making sketches along the way. Then develop your own characters and stories through projects in the studio. Work on both paper and canvas, exploring pencil, charcoal, watercolors and tempera paints.

July 15–18: Photography

Express yourself through photography! Learn about the contemporary work of Sarah Cywnar in her exhibition Image Model Muse, and play with ideas of color, design, and beauty in your own photos. Each student is supplied with a digital camera and other photo accessories to use in class.

July 29–Aug 1: Mixed-Media Experiments

Explore the Museum’s contemporary art collection, as well as experimental paintings and short videos in the feature exhibition James Nares: Moves. Invent your own drawing and painting tools, try new ways of making marks, and make paintings both tiny and huge.

Aug 5–8: Printmaking

Be inspired by 19th century French posters, German Expressionist prints, and more in the galleries. Work in both black and white and color as you learn about a variety of printmaking techniques. Discover monoprints, styrofoam prints, and even make your own stamp!

Aug 12–15: Furniture Design

Learn about furniture old and new—from ornately carved 18th and 19th pieces, to contemporary cabinets by Charles Radtke. Sketch your own furniture ideas, make models of various sizes, and play with surface design—adding inlay details to a wooden box.

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 fifty 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.