Youth Classes


SAM’s youth art programs explore art making, art history and art appreciation, providing a quality art education experience where students have the opportunity to learn from original works of art in a museum setting. All classes provide a forum where self-expression, experimentation, and cultivating a sense of inquiry are integral parts of the educational experience.

SAM’s educational curriculum is designed to augment current exhibitions, important artists and artistic movements and specific art media. All classes are interdisciplinary in nature and showcase the connections between the visual arts and other academic areas. Each session provides a brand new experience!

Ongoing education opportunities include:

school visits

SAM hosts regulars visits from schools from our community and throughout our region. School visits include a tour of all exhibitions on view in the museum.  Additionally, schools may add an educational activity in the education center that is intended to make connections between our exhibitions and the students’ existing curricular goals, and hopefully their personal experiences. Schedule your school visit to SAM by contacting Tina Sell, Education Manager at

The teen scene (ages 10 – 16):

Anime Comic Book Creation with artist and instructor Robert Taylor is an advanced drawing class for students who are inspired by the Japanese style of Anime, and committed to the idea of creating a complete comic book.  The class will meet afterschool on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at SAM.  Students will work toward the creation of a completed comic book, while maintaining access to SAM’s galleries, education center, visiting artists, and ongoing museum programs. Students will be active in our midtown community. Weather permitting, they may be led on walks to nearby program partners, such as Midtown Bookstore, Broad Street Market, or HACC. A healthy snack will be provided to students.

The first 8-week session will begin Monday, March 30 and conclude Wednesday, May 20.  This class will meet Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.  There is free parking parents dropping off and picking up students behind the museum.

Each 8-week session costs $18 per week (or $144 per session). A discounted fee of $130 will be given to students who pay for the whole 8-week session in advance. Additionally, members of SAM receive 10% off all workshop fees. Class Limit: 15 students. Register with Tina Sell, Education Manager at

STORY TIME in the vault (all ages welcome):

Families and children of all ages are invited to meet in the vault every Sunday at 2:00 p.m. for a story, followed by an exciting art activity in the Education Center! Story time in the vault is free with admission.

Museum classes and Workshops:

Classes and workshops provide an opportunity to explore SAM’s current exhibition, coupled with a hands-on art production experience.  SAM offers programming for life learners of all ages from pre-school to adults. After touring the exhibit, students will use examples from the exhibit to frame questions about the creative process, reflecting on their museum experience and drawing on personal ideas when creating their own work of art. Members of SAM receive a 10% discount on all class or workshop fees.

SPECIAL partnership with Dauphin County Library System:

Explore Art at the Susquehanna Art Museum

Imagination and creativity blossom while your child explores art at The Library. Children learn about storytelling with color, pattern and texture as they develop fine and gross motor skills through painting, sculpting and drawing. Your refrigerator will never be the same! Program length: 45 minutes, Registration Limit: 15.  Ages: 3-6 years.

Dates: Tuesdays, April 7, 14, 21, 28
Times: 3:30  –  4:15 PM
Location: Susquehanna Art Museum

Book Rally at East Shore Area Library

Meet and greet local authors and illustrators at The Library’s Book Rally! Authors and illustrators will make presentations on stage throughout the event. The Susquehanna Art Museum’s Van-Go will also be available in the lower lot for even more exploration and fun. There will be some books for sale and proceeds will benefit The Library. Guest speakers include Mike and Ethan Sgrignoli, Kathy Miller, Floyd Stokes, and Jonathan Bean. For more information, visit or call 652-9380.

Dates: Saturday, May 16
Times: 10:00 AM –  2:00 PM
Location: East Shore Area Library

Check our events calendar or Facebook page for listings of upcoming classes for youth.


Youth Classes

Supplies for all youth art classes are provided by SAM. Students are encouraged to bring paint shirts or smocks, as classes may get messy!