Kids Classes - Ages 5-7 & 8-12

Joslyn art classes for children ages 5-12 are held on Saturday mornings and afternoons and are led by experienced artists and art educators. Each course includes visits to the Museum’s galleries as an essential component of the art-making experience. Students in Saturday classes are exposed to art-making materials, techniques, and concepts that are unique to Joslyn Art Museum. Advance registration is required and all materials are provided.

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Easel Painting
Saturdays: January 12, 19, 26; 10-11:30 am
Joslyn Members: $42.50; General Public: $50
Young artists will learn to paint on stretched canvas using visits to see artworks in the galleries as guide to create a finished easel painting. We’ll investigate color mixing, brush strokes, and alternative painting tools to create our original works of art.
Instructor: CaSandra Johnson

Artists Assemble
Saturdays: February 9, 16, 23; 10-11:30 am
Joslyn Members: $42.50; General Public: $50
This sculpture class will draw inspiration from artists like Nick Cave and Shinique Smith who collect found or discarded objects to assemble into thought-provoking works of art. We will see assembled artworks in the galleries, then build, stack, and combine objects in the studio to make assembled sculptures of our own.
Instructor: Carey Hernandez

You, Me, and We!
Saturdays: March 16, 23, 30; 10-11:30 am
Joslyn Members: $42.50; General Public: $50
An exhibition called 30 Americans will inspire students to create artworks about themselves, their family, and their community. We’ll look at work by artists in the galleries who create self-portraits, pictures of people in their neighborhood, or family members. In the studio we’ll make art about the people important in our lives.
Instructor: CaSandra Johnson

Chop it Up!
Saturdays: April 27, May 4, 11; 10-11:30 am
Joslyn Members: $42.50; General Public: $50
We will cut, paste, assemble, and arrange materials to make collaged artworks like those we’ll visit in the galleries. We’ll practice mixed media techniques layering paper or gluing gemstones to create artworks with surfaces full of texture, pattern, and interest.
Instructor: Carey Hernandez


Drawing Comics: Super Me!
Saturdays: January 12, 19, 26, February 2; 10 am-noon
Joslyn Members: $54.40; General Public $64
There’s a hero within you! This class will reveal your inner-super hero to create a comic featuring you doing good! Artworks in the galleries will show us how to tell stories with pictures and create visual clues. In the studio we’ll investigate what makes us heroic and special. We’ll learn to sketch our costumes, gadgets, and vehicles, and even think about the villains we have to face from time to time.
Instructor: Fredd Gorham

Abstraction: Keep it Weird!
Saturdays: January 12, 19, 26, February 2, 9, 16; 1-3 pm
Joslyn Members: $68; General Public $80
Often it is the unexpected and surprising parts of an artwork that make us want to really look closely or even ask “what was this person thinking?” We’ll spend time in the galleries looking at some puzzling artworks, then get weird in the studio as we practice concepts of abstraction, experiment with non-traditional painting tools, and combine materials to produce artworks people can get lost in.
Instructor: Jaim Hackbart

Saturdays: February 9, 16, 23, March 2; 10 am - noon
Joslyn Members: $54.40; General Public $64
Artist Nick Cave is famous for combining recycled objects or strands of fabric to create elaborate sculptures, called soundsuits, that can be worn. These sculptures come to life when a person steps inside and begins to jump and dance to create unexpected sounds and rhythms. We’ll create soundsuits of our own, by attaching recycled materials to clothing and hats, so we can fill the Museum with the music of our movements.
Instructor: Andy Smith

Everyday People
Saturdays: February 23, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; 1-3 pm
Joslyn Members: $68; General Public $80
For centuries, only people like kings and queens were seen in art. This class will teach us to create artworks about the people we see every day. Art in the gallery, by Kehinde Wiley and others, will show us how to put ourselves into a royal pose as we learn about proportion and other tricks to creating life-like sculptures, drawings, and paintings of everyday people.
Instructor: Pamela Conyers-Hinson

Thinking Outside the Box…of Crayons
Saturdays: March 9, 16, 23, 30; 10 am-noon
Joslyn Members: $54.40; General Public $64
Crayons should not be limited to staying inside the lines of a coloring book! This class, inspired by illustrations in the gallery from the popular books The Day the Crayons Quit and The Day the Crayons Came Home, will challenge us to think about all the artful ways we can use crayons. We’ll get outside the box as we experiment with melted crayons to create prints and try a transfer technique to create one-of-a-kind t-shirt designs.
Instructor: Therese Straseski