Kids Classes - Ages 5-12
Saturday Classes
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.

Scroll this page for details about upcoming classes for children ages 5-12.

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Art School
Art School is a 24-week visual arts program that meets after school for 1st-9th grade students.
For more information about Art School, please click here.

Home School Art School
A 24-week, day-time, art school program is available for home school students, grade 1-9.
For more information about Home School Art School, please click here.

Art Class Gift Certificate

Want to give an art class as a gift? Click here to purchase an Art Class Gift Certificate.  Or call our Studio Programs Assistant @ 402.661.3846.

Think Greek
Saturdays: March 22, 29, April 5: 10-11:30 AM
Joslyn Members: $30; General Public: $35

Introduce your child to the world of ancient Greece with this class that will combine unique art-making experiences with visits to a special exhibition of Greek artifacts. Students will design a mosaic and create a papier-mache example of red- and black-figure pottery.

Instructor: Carey Hernandez

Create with Clay
Saturdays: April 19, 26, May 3; 10-11:30 AM
Joslyn Members: $30; General Public: $35

Students will get their hands dirty in this class that will present basic clay techniques. Kids will compare various approaches to clay by looking at Asian, Greek, and American Indian ceramics in the galleries and designing clay animals, tiles, and more in the studio.

Instructor: CaSandra Johnson

Create with Color
Saturdays: June 7, 14, 21, 28; 10 am-11:30 am

Some artists see the world through rose tinted glasses, others feel a bit more blue. In this class your young artist will learn to mix paint, create pattern and colorfully express themselves with their palette choices.

Instructor: Stephanie Carlson-Pruch

Sculpture Basics
Saturdays: July 12, 19, 26; 10-11:30 am

We’ll test the limits of gravity in the class that will teach the basics of sculpture building. Students will use wood, wire, and more to create sculptures like those they see in the gardens and galleries.

Instructor: CaSandra Johnson

Earth’s Beauty
Saturdays: August 9, 16, 23; 10-11:30 am

This class will celebrate the earth’s beauty as we learn painting basics, create prints, and build a work of sculpture. We’ll look to artists in the gallery that use their art to remind us of the beauty all around us.

Instructor: CaSandra Johnson


Making Money
Saturdays: March 1, 8, 15, 22; 10 am - noon
Joslyn Members: $40; General Public: $50

You’ll see dollar signs in this class all about the art of money. Coins in a special exhibition of ancient artifacts will inspire us to design a mold and mint coins of our own. We will look at American dollars and print bills with our faces and make a clay coin bank to store our riches.

Instructor: Andy Smith

It's Greek to Me
Saturdays: March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5; 1-3 pm
Joslyn Members: $60; General Public $70

Learn all about ancient Greek art in this class that will teach mosaics, sculpture, and painting. Objects in the Poseidon exhibition will guide us as we paint heroic portraits, design clay fish, and use colored stones to make a mosaic stepping stone.

Instructor: Carey Hernandez

Clay Vessels
Saturdays: March 29, April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3; 10 am-noon
Joslyn Members: $65; General Public $75

This class is now full. Click here to be added to the waiting list.
Make pots as they did thousands of years ago in this class that will teach basic hand-building techniques and provide a chance to experience throwing clay on the wheel. An exhibition of antiquities will guide us as we learn to construct functional clay forms and use red and black slip to design patterns and heroic narratives. You will have an opportunity to help fire the pots in a true wood-burning kiln in the Museum’s sculpture garden.

Instructor: Iggy Sumnik

Painting on the Floor
Saturdays: April 12, 19, 26, May 3; 1-3 pm
Joslyn Members: $40 General Public: $50

Artists like Helen Frankenthaler and Jackson Pollock took their canvases off the easel and worked on the floor to create new approaches to painting. Try your hand at drip painting like Jackson Pollock, pour your paint like Helen Frankenthaler, and invent a few new on-the-floor-painting techniques of your own.
Instructor: Therese Straseski

Therese Straseski has taught art classes at Joslyn Art museum for children and adults for motr than ten years. Drawing on her love of color and texture, Therese creates using a wide range of media, including paper making, painting, drawing, printmaking, collage, and textiles. Therese received her BFA from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design.

Draw Like a Pro
Saturdays: June 7, 14, 21, 28; 10 am-noon

There’s more to drawing than just pencil and paper. Learn to draw like a professional in this class that will introduce you to new drawing materials, tools and techniques.

Instructor: Anna Johnston

Sculpture: In the Balance
Saturdays: July 12, 19, 26, August 2; 10 am-noon

Sculptors like Mark di Suvero know the right way to keep their works of sculpture balanced so they don’t crash to the ground. Learn to control gravity in this class as you make free standing artworks using a variety of materials and techniques.

Instructor: Pamela Hinson

Canvas Painting: Nature Calls
Saturdays: August 16, 23, 30, September 7; 10 am-noon

Answer nature’s call in this class that will explore the artistic wilderness of landscape painting and the powerful effect art can have on the way humans treat the earth. We will learn basic acrylic painting techniques while creating scenes of beauty inspired by Thomas Moran’s views of Yellowstone.

Instructor: To be Determined