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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 Art Clubs in fall and winter, and Summer Art Camps beginning in June.

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!

Sue and Mike Dunham Scholarship Fund

Scholarships are available for school-age students interested in pursuing art who are in need of financial assistance. Fill out the Sue and Mike Dunham Scholarship Fund application or call 414-224-3837 for details.

Summer Art Camps 2023

Calling all young art enthusiasts! Build on your love of art and making things in the Museum’s summer art camps. Explore the collection during fun-filled interactive tours, and craft your own creations in hands-on projects. Each camp has a different focus. Sign up for one or the entire series!

Classes run Monday through Thursday
Ages 6–10, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. | $165/$115 Members
Ages 11–15, 2-4 p.m. | $165/$115 Members

  • June 19–22: Photography

    Learn about composition, light, color, and storytelling while learning to take pictures. Find inspiration in formal elements, or in theMuseum’s collection and feature exhibition Native America: In Translation. Each student is supplied with a digital camera and other photo accessories to use in class.

    Ages 6–10 → Ages 11–15 →
  • June 26–29: Scandinavian Design

    From hand-held troll dolls to a full-sized car, discover the colors, shapes, forms, and patterns of Scandinavian Design and the United States, 1890–1980. Sketch designs for your own products, explore textile and surface design, and imagine a chair you could use in your home.

    Ages 6–10 → Ages 11–15 →
  • July 17–20: Painting

    Tour the galleries and explore paintings from long ago to the present day, then make your own watercolor, tempera, and acrylic paintings on both paper and canvas. Practice painting figures, still lifes, and other traditional subject matter.

    Ages 6–10 → Ages 11–15 →
  • July 24–27: Narrative Art and Comics

    Examine how artists tell stories through art, and learn how to develop your own storytelling in comics and zines. Combine drawing and writing to send a message, share inform—both fiction and nonfiction!

    Ages 6–10 → Ages 11–15 →
  • Aug 7–10: Clay

    Investigate ceramic vessels in the Museum’s collection spanning cultures and eras. Using air-dry clay, practice hand-building techniques such as coil, slab, and pinch pot methods. Experiment with surface textures and painted decorations to complete your own unique vessels.

    Ages 6–10 → Ages 11–15 →
  • Aug 14–17: Mixed Media

    Taking inspiration from experimental paintings and sculptures in the Museum’s contemporary art collection, combine different art materials to make both two- and three-dimensional artworks. Make unique pieces with paint, paper, cardboard, wire, and familiar everyday objects.

    Ages 6–10 → Ages 11–15 →

Class Information

For questions regarding class registration, email Registration closes ten working days prior to class start date. At that point, 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!