Children's art classes currently enrolling for:

Photograph of two young boys looking at artwork hanging on a white wall.  
Photograph of a drawing on green paper with two strips of mottled green paper on the sides. In the center is a drawing of a spotted yellow cat's face.  
Photograph of two young girls in dresses. The girl on the left is holding flowers.  

Our goals for learning within the children/teens program include:

  • presenting classes focused on developing foundational concepts and skills within distinct media which are aligned with the stages of artistic development
  • providing individualized attention to each student encouraging the representation of unique creative perspectives and the development of the portfolio
  • providing opportunities for students to talk about their perceptions, their experience, their own work and the work of others reinforcing vocabulary specific to art making
  • incorporating gallery learning in the museum in order to create opportunities to respond to the original work of other artists and to enhance student awareness of art, artists, and context
  • providing an end of session synopsis outlining projects produced, references used, and skills and concepts covered
 
Day + Time
Instructor(s)
Class
 
Level
Price
Tuesdays: 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Drawing the Museum: Gr. K-3 Tuesday
Gr. K-3
$260
Meets 8 times , Jan. 16 - March 12

No class 2/20.

 

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
$260
Meets 8 times , Jan. 16 - March 12

No class on 2/20.

 

Students in this class will explore various printmaking processes to create unique images that can be printed over and over. Instructor 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
$260
Meets 8 times , Jan. 17 - March 13

No class on 2/21.

 

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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Wednesdays: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Art Studio: Gr. K-3 Wednesday
Gr. K-3
$260
Meets 8 times , Jan. 17 - March 13

no class on 2/21.

 

Our Art Studio classes offer an exploration of art making in all its forms. Students will have fun experimenting with the basic materials and techniques all artists use and will be encouraged to express their own individual viewpoint. Some of the materials that will be used include collage, colored pencil, oil pastels, watercolor and acrylic paint, air-dry clay, wire and papier mâché. Students will visit the museum to get inspiration and learn about other artists’ work. Students may take the same level class more than once; lessons will not repeat. All supplies provided.

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Thursdays: 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Painting Experiments: Gr. K-3 Thursday
K-3
$260
Meets 8 times , Jan. 18 - March 14

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.
Drawing the Museum: Gr. 4-8 Thursday
4-8
$260
Meets 8 times , Jan. 18 - March 14

No class on 2/22.

 

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.
Art Studio: Gr. K-3 Saturday
Gr. K-3
FULL
Meets 8 times , Jan. 20 - March 16

No class 2/17.

 

Our Art Studio classes offer an exploration of art making in all its forms. Students will have fun experimenting with the basic materials and techniques all artists use and will be encouraged to express their own individual viewpoint. Some of the materials that will be used include collage, colored pencil, oil pastels, watercolor and acrylic paint, air-dry clay, wire and papier mâché. Students will visit the museum to get inspiration and learn about other artists’ work. Students may take the same level class more than once; lessons will not repeat. All supplies provided.

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Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
3D Explorations: Gr. 4-8 Saturday
Gr. 4-8
$260
Meets 8 times , Jan. 20 - March 16

No class on 2/17.

 

Join us for this fun class exploring everything related to 3D artwork including relief sculpture (which can hang on the wall), kinetic sculpture (which can move), environmental sculpture (natural materials displayed outside), and more. Inspired by historical and contemporary examples including works in the museum, students will plan and execute a series of pieces using wood, wire, clay, Papier Mache, natural and found materials, textiles and more.

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Saturdays: 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Comics & Illustration Gr: 4-8
Gr. 4-8
FULL
Meets 8 times , Jan. 20 - March 16

No class on 2/17

 

Students will explore how artwork and storytelling come together in the form of Comics and Illustration. Develop a comic strip with your own invented characters; learn how to draw a variety of facial expressions, animate objects, imply motion, and use background space in your story.

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Sunday, February 11
Indian Folk Painting for Adult and Child
K-8
FULL
meets once , 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
 

Especially for families! Spend a few hours together in our studio as you learn about the colorful and exciting designs of Indian Folk Painting. Each grown up & child will create their own version of the imagery, using easy to use acrylic paint on paper. This is designed for one grown up and one child to work together. All supplies provided.

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Saturday, March 2
Fashion Plate Designs Workshop
Gr. 4-8
$50
meets once , 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
 

Using a variety of templates of fashion poses, students will choose from a wide array of beautiful fabrics and trims to create a collection! Students will learn about how to combine colors, textures and patterns to express a viewpoint or idea in fashion, cutting out the garment shapes and adhering to a fun mood board to take home.

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Friday, March 8
Kids’ Night Out: Fabric Scrap Baskets
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 colorful fabrics scraps to weave a sturdy and decorative basket. 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. 20 & Wed, Feb. 21
February Vacation Week Workshop: Feb.20-21: Gr.K-1
Gr. K-1
FULL
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. 20 & Wed, Feb. 21
February Vacation Week Workshop: Feb.20-21: Gr. 2-3
Gr. 2-3
$220
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. 20 & Wed, Feb. 21
February Vacation Week Workshop: Feb.20-21: Gr. 4-5
Gr. 4-5
$220
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. 22 & Fri, Feb. 23
February Vacation Week Workshop: Feb.22-23: Gr.K-1
Gr. K-1
FULL
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. 22 & Fri. Feb. 23
February Vacation Week Workshop: Feb. 22-23: Gr. 2-3
Gr. 2-3
$220
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. 22 & Fri, Feb. 23
February Vacation Week Workshop: Feb 22-23: Gr. 4-5
Gr. 4-5
$220
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 tucan sculpture made of cardboard and wood, painted in white, yellow, and greens.  
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 drawing on a painted blue background with cut out leaves surrounding a collage of a bird with a bright red chest.  

Important Information for Children's Classes

Photograph of two teens seated on the ground in a museum gallery. They are drawing on clip boards from the painting portraits hanging in front of them.  
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.

Will my children come home with artwork each week?

Not usually. Our classes maintain a portfolio of artwork which allows students to keep collect all process pieces such as sketches together with finished works. It also allows them to go back to revisit ideas or to keep working on pieces if needed over time.

Lessons in the Children’s Program at the Danforth are designed to build upon each other throughout the session, reinforcing concepts and techniques which allows for growth over the period of the class.

We hold an informal exhibition of artwork on the last class so that students can have practice experiencing showing their work, and discussing what they learned.

Do children visit the museum during class?

Yes! At some point during the session, teachers will take a “field trip” to the museum to view works on display. Students will often have the opportunity to sketch in the museum as they learn how to actively view artwork in a museum, and to think critically about what they see and notice. We emphasize visual literacy skills during these visits so that children learn how to understand techniques, genres, content, and the elements and principles of design which are the building blocks of art making.