Children's art classes currently enrolling for:

Display of children's self portrait paintings with collage elements making up their self portrait.  
Pencil drawing in grey paper of a male figure in a Roman styled military outfit with a knife in one hand and a severed head between his feet.  
Photograph of a group of kids standing together holding clip boards above their heads, looking excited.  

Note new age group structure. Our classes are now delivered in a wider age grouping to accommodate a lower elementary level and an upper elementary/middle level. In addition, we have modified classes to align with themes and artistic techniques demonstrated by the art on view in the museum galleries.

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Day + Time
Instructor(s)
Class
 
Level
Price
Friday, Dec. 2 6:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.
Kids' Night Out: Crazy Self Portraits
K-8
$30
meets once , 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
 

Parents, take advantage of a chance to go shopping or get a bite to eat – it’s a night just for the kids with us at the Danforth. Children will enjoy adding crazy, creative effects to a photocopy of their image, a game of Pictionary and a scavenger hunt in the museum! Includes pizza, lemonade and a treat to take home.

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Friday, Dec. 16 6:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.
Kids' Night Out: Treasure Boxes
K-8
$30
meets once , 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
 

Parents, take advantage of a chance to go shopping or get a bite to eat – it’s a night just for the kids with us at the Danforth. Children will enjoy decorating a lidded box for treasures, a game of Pictionary and a scavenger hunt in the museum! Includes pizza, lemonade and a treat to take home.

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Tuesdays: 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Drawing the Museum: Gr. K-3 Tuesday
K-3
$240
Meets 8 times , Jan. 10 - March 7

No class on 2/21.

 

Join us for this fun drawing class which takes place both in the museum and the studio. Students will learn a variety of drawing techniques as they study artwork on display at the museum, practicing shading, different types of lines and how to look carefully in order to capture correct proportions and shapes. The instructor will explain how different types of pencils and materials can make drawings look very unique. Each student will go home at the end of the 8 week session with a portfolio of sketches and finished works.

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Tuesdays: 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Prints & Collage: Gr. 4-8 Tuesday
4-8
$240
Meets 8 times , Jan. 10 - March 7

No class on 2/21.

 

Students in this class will explore various printmaking processes, using ink and brayers, linoleum blocks and other tools to create unique images that can be printed over and over. Instructors will take students to the museum galleries to study directly from the prints on display there. Students will also have the opportunity to create mixed media or collage pieces as they learn about self-expression, composition, layering and color relationships.

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Wednesdays: 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Painting Experiments: Gr. 4-8 Wednesday
4-8
$240
Meets 8 times , Jan. 11 - March 8

No class on 2/22.

 

In this fun experimental class, students will have the chance to play with paint in new ways. Using watercolor, acrylic paint, liquid watercolor and other paint media, the instructor will lead a series of lessons designed to allow students to get a new understanding of how to use paint to express different ideas as well as how to use paint to make realistic images. Students will go home at the end of the 8 week session with a portfolio of experiments and finished works.

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Thursdays: 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Painting Experiments: Gr. K-3
K-3
$240
Meets 8 times , Jan. 12 - March 9

No class on 2/23.

 

In this fun experimental class, students will have the chance to play with paint in new ways. Using watercolor, acrylic paint, liquid watercolor and other paint media, the instructor will lead a series of lessons designed to allow students to get a new understanding of how to use paint to express different ideas as well as how to use paint to make realistic images. Students will go home at the end of the 8 week session with a portfolio of experiments and finished works.

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Thursdays: 4:00 p.m - 6:00 p.m.
Drawing the Museum: Gr. 4-8 Thursday
4-8
$240
Meets 8 times , Jan. 12 - March 9

No class on 2/23.

 

Join us for this fun drawing class which takes place both in the museum and the studio. Students will learn a variety of drawing techniques as they study artwork on display at the museum, practicing shading, different types of lines and how to look carefully in order to capture correct proportions and shapes. The instructor will explain how different types of pencils and materials can make drawings look very unique. Each student will go home at the end of the 8 week session with a portfolio of sketches and finished works.

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Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Drawing the Museum: Gr. K-3 Saturday
K-3
$240
Meets 8 times , Jan. 21 - March 18

No class on 2/18.

 

Join us for this fun drawing class which takes place both in the museum and the studio. Students will learn a variety of drawing techniques as they study artwork on display at the museum, practicing shading, different types of lines and how to look carefully in order to capture correct proportions and shapes. The instructor will explain how different types of pencils and materials can make drawings look very unique. Each student go home at the end of the 8 week session with a portfolio of sketches and finished works.

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Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Printmaking & Sculpture: Gr. 4-8 Saturday
4-8
$240
Meets 8 times , Jan. 21 - March 18

No class on 2/18.

 

This class is designed especially for artists in grades 4-8 to provide a series of experiences in art-making that they might not get a chance to try in school programs. It will feature lessons in printmaking and sculpture- using a variety of methods and materials that may include wood, wire, air dry clay and more. Creating in 3D supports critical thinking skills through experimentation and invention. All supplies included. 

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Saturdays; 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Painting Experiments: Gr. K-3 Saturday
K-3
$240
Meets 8 times , Jan. 21 - March 18

No class on 2/18.

 

In this fun experimental class, students will have the chance to play with paint in new ways. Using watercolor, acrylic paint, liquid watercolor and other paint media, the instructor will lead a series of lessons designed to allow students to get a new understanding of how to use paint to express different ideas as well as how to use paint to make realistic images. Students will go home at the end of the 8 week session with a portfolio of experiments and finished works.

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Saturday, Feb. 11
Storybook Workshops: Winter Dance
Gr. K-4
$30
Meets once , 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
 

We invite children in Grades K-4 to join us at the Danforth for a workshop to enjoy the wonderful stories and illustrations found in children’s books. We will read Winter Dance and learn about how the illustrator uses artistic tricks to “explain” the story. Using a variety of fun materials, children will create an illustration of their own that brings the story to life as art. All art materials are included. Winter Dance is written by Marion Dane Bauer and illustrated by Richard Jones.

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Saturday, Feb. 25
Middle & High School Workshop: Comic Art & Illustration
Gr. 6-8 Gr. 9-12
$100
Meets once , 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
 

This intensive workshop will dive into the creatively rich work of comics and illustration. Develop a comic strip with your own characters, learn how to draw cartoon facial expressions, learn how to draw motion and settings. Become a visual storyteller, exercising your imagination and drawing skills.

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Saturday, March 4
Storybook Workshops: Mice Skating
Gr. K-4
$30
Meets once , 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
 

We invite children in Grades K-4 to join us at the Danforth for a workshop to enjoy the wonderful stories and illustrations found in children’s books. We will read Mice Skating and learn about how the illustrator uses artistic tricks to “explain” the story. Using a variety of fun materials, children will create an illustration of their own that brings the story to life as art. All art materials are included. Mice Skating is written by Annie Silvestro and illustrated by Teagan White.

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Friday, March 17
Kids’ Night Out: Build a Castle
K-8
$30
Meets once , 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
 

Parents, take advantage of a chance to go shopping or get a bite to eat – it’s a night just for the kids with us at the Danforth. Children will enjoy using cardboard tubes and boxes to create a castle for fairies, lords or any magical creature. We will even have a scavenger hunt in the museum! Includes pizza, lemonade and a treat to take home.

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Tues. Feb. 21 & Wed. Feb. 22
February Vacation Week Workshop: Feb. 21-22: Gr. K-1
Gr. K-1
$200
Meets 2 days , 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
 

In this two-day mixed media workshop, students will have fun exploring art materials while being inspired by Art in the Museum. Our workshops are designed to allow students to express their own ideas while learning a little about art and having fun with friends. There are two 3-hour classes each day with a 1-hour lunch break.

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Tues. Feb. 21 & Wed. Feb. 22
February Vacation Week Workshop: Feb. 21-22: Gr. 2-3
Gr. 2-3
$200
Meets 2 Days , 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
 

In this two-day mixed media workshop, students will have fun exploring art materials while being inspired by Art in the Museum. Our workshops are designed to allow students to express their own ideas while learning a little about art and having fun with friends. There are two 3-hour classes each day with a 1-hour lunch break.

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Tues. Feb. 21 & Wed. Feb. 22
February Vacation Week Workshop: Feb. 21-22: Gr. 4-5
Gr. 4-5
$200
Meets 2 Days , 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
 

In this two-day mixed media workshop, students will have fun exploring art materials while being inspired by Art in the Museum. Our workshops are designed to allow students to express their own ideas while learning a little about art and having fun with friends. There are two 3-hour classes each day with a 1-hour lunch break.

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Tues. Feb. 21 & Wed. Feb. 22
February Vacation Week Workshop: Feb. 21-22: Gr. 6-8
Gr. 6-8
$200
Meets 2 Days , 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
 

In this two-day mixed media workshop, students will have fun exploring art materials while being inspired by Art in the Museum. Our workshops are designed to allow students to express their own ideas while learning a little about art and having fun with friends. There are two 3-hour classes each day with a 1-hour lunch break.

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Thurs. Feb. 23 & Fri. Feb. 24
February Vacation Week Workshop: Feb. 23-24: Gr. K-1
Gr. K-1
$200
Meets 2 Days , 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
 

In this two-day mixed media workshop, students will have fun exploring art materials while being inspired by Art in the Museum. Our workshops are designed to allow students to express their own ideas while learning a little about art and having fun with friends. There are two 3-hour classes each day with a 1-hour lunch break.

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Thurs. Feb. 23 & Fri. Feb. 24
February Vacation Week Workshop: Feb. 23-24: Gr. 2-3
Gr. 2-3
$200
Meets 2 Days , 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
 

In this two-day mixed media workshop, students will have fun exploring art materials while being inspired by Art in the Museum. Our workshops are designed to allow students to express their own ideas while learning a little about art and having fun with friends. There are two 3-hour classes each day with a 1-hour lunch break.

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Thurs. Feb. 23 & Fri. Feb. 24
February Vacation Week Workshop: Feb. 23-24: Gr. 4-5
Gr. 4-5
$200
Meets 2 Days , 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
 

In this two-day mixed media workshop, students will have fun exploring art materials while being inspired by Art in the Museum. Our workshops are designed to allow students to express their own ideas while learning a little about art and having fun with friends. There are two 3-hour classes each day with a 1-hour lunch break.

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Thurs. Feb. 23 & Fri. Feb. 24
February Vacation Week Workshop: Feb. 23-24: Gr. 6-8
Gr. 6-8
$200
Meets 2 Days , 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
 

In this two-day mixed media workshop, students will have fun exploring art materials while being inspired by Art in the Museum. Our workshops are designed to allow students to express their own ideas while learning a little about art and having fun with friends. There are two 3-hour classes each day with a 1-hour lunch break.

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Photograph of a ceramic cup painted in green leaves and white flowers. On the side is a cream painted face with closed eyes.  
Photograph of a small boy from behind wearing a bright green shirt and hands clasped at his back. He is staring up at a photograph of an owl with a superimposed man's face.  
Photograph of a teen in a bright orange shirt seated at an easel with a sketch pad drawing two angles of a human skull.  

Important Information for Children's Classes

Photograph of a male teacher in a hat and bright blue shirt around a group of young children. They are standing in a gallery space around four large paintings. The girl in the back center has her hand raised.  
Are art supplies included in the class cost?

Yes! Danforth provides everything students need to experiment with materials and practice techniques. Students learn to select from various sized brushes and types of paint, different types of drawing pencils and a variety of other drawing materials. Our studios are equipped with easels, stools, painting tables and specialized lighting to enhance the learning experience.

 

How does it work to have these age groupings in class together?

In our programs, we have noticed that mixed peer groups can often support learning as they approach lessons differently. Younger artists can emulate techniques of older artists, and the older students can appreciate the exuberance and fearlessness of the younger students. Our small class sizes allow instructors to provide individualized instruction to all our artists in the studio.