Classes for Children and Teens

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8 weekdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 8–31, mornings only, 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.; 4 Saturdays, July 12–August 2, 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. or 1:00–2:30 p.m.

The Cleveland Museum of Art offers an opportunity for children ages 3 to 17 to learn about the museum’s treasures while developing their own creativity. We learn by looking at real art in the galleries and then making art in the studio. 

Classes meet for six Saturdays during the school year in fall, winter, and spring. Summer classes meet for four or five Saturdays in July, or children can take classes on both Tuesdays and Thursdays during that month. Most classes are held both in the morning (from 10:00-11:30 a.m.) or in the afternoon (from 1:00-2:30 p.m.). 

Also note that we offer the following special classes for preschoolers: My Very First Art Class Littlest Learners (ages 1½–2½ ), and My Very First Art Class Siblings (ages 2–4½). These classes are for children and their favorite grown-up, and they meet for four Fridays per session (dates vary).


Art For Parent and Child (age 3)
Mornings ONLY. Four hands are better than two! Parents and children learn together while creating all kinds of art inspired by gallery visits. Limit 12 pairs.

Mini-Masters: Color (ages 4–5)
Younger students learn about color and art and make their own colorful creations.

Summer Breeze (ages 5–6)
Paint, draw, and construct with the energy of summer in kinetic forms—from kites and waving flags to things on the wing.

Inside Out (ages 6–8)
Explore what is on the inside as well as the outside; from interiors to landscapes, to what's inside a mechanical device and how our skeletons are constructed, to what we wear outside to protect ourselves.

Made in America (ages 8–10)
Experience the art of Native Americans, settlers and explorers, turn-of-the-century decorative artists, and even modern-day artists.

Nature Study (ages 10–12)
Young artists study and re-create both the beautiful and the unusual in nature using paint, colored pencil, and other media.

Teen Drawing Workshop (ages 13–18)
Weekday mornings ONLY. Create expressive drawings from observation in the galleries as well as exercises in the classroom.

Painting Studio for Teens (ages 13–18)
Saturdays ONLY, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Inspired by works in our collection, students work in watercolor and acrylic. Special pricing: $65, CMA members $50; extended day option, 10:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m. (lunch on your own): $110, CMA members $90.

Claymation: Bring Art To Life! (ages 11 and up)
Weekday mornings ONLY. Learn how to make characters from armatures and polymer clay. Use paintings from our CMA collection as the backdrop and bring new life and narratives into them. We will use our editing equipment to produce stop-action animated shorts. Instructor: Dave Shaw. Limit 10. $165, CMA members $140.



Museum members have priority registration beginning May 1. Non-members may register beginning May 16. Register in person or call the ticket center. $10 late fee per order beginning one week before class starts.

Register in person or call the Ticket Center at 216-421-7350

Most weekday classes $112, CMA members $96. Art for Parent and Child $128/$112. Most Saturday classes $56, CMA members $48; Art for Parent and Child $64/$56.

Classes with insufficient registration will be combined or canceled three days before class begins, with enrollees notified and fully refunded. Refunds are issued any time before the session begins. After the first class, consideration is given to refunds on an individual basis.

6 Saturdays, October 18–November 22, 2014.

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