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!

Saturdays:  regular SESSION begins January 9! 6 Saturdays available!

Saturday Morning Art Club
For Young Artists Ages 4 – 7

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Join Michaela Ryan for individual classes where kids of varying ages and interest levels can stretch their creative capacities and expand their knowledge in the use of different art materials. Each Saturday session is a new inspiration, technique and material! Sign up (indicating the age of student) for individual Saturday sessions by the previous Thursday by emailing

Lab hours New Winter Session: Saturdays, Jan 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb 6, 13 10am-12noon
Ages 4 – 7
Class Limit 15
Fee $8 per class, or any 3 classes for $15

Saturdays, 5-week workshop: Saturdays, January 16 – Feb 13

Young Artist  Camp (Ages 8-11) ALL 3-D, All the time! SIGN UP NOW!

This winter is all about 3-Dimensional Artwork! Artist instructor Brittany Baksa is returning to teach a class that will appeal to off-the-page thinkers, builders, assemblers and designers. Using found or recycled materials, molds, wire, wood and tools, the young artists in this class will face design challenges that require imagination and problem solving. Perfect for all levels!

Lab hours All 5 Saturdays, Jan 16, 23, 30, Feb 6, 13 10am-12 noon
Ages 8-12
Class Limit 15
Fee $45 for 5 classes


Sunday, February 21

FAMILY Paint Party

A cooperative project between kids and their parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, Big Brothers/Sisters, or whomever your family looks like! Create art by combining old and new perspectives. You choose what kind of insight to bring to the project! Reserve a spot at either session and create a family heirloom on a canvas. Great as shared project.
Lab hours 1-3
Ages open, preferable ratio is 1 (or 2) kid(s) per 1 adult.
Class Limit 20
Fee $20 for 1 kid/1 adult ($5 for extra person)


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

STORY TIME At the Museum is getting a makeover!First Family

Story Time at the Museum is growing up!  We heard from parents, grandparents and kids, that Story Time needs a little modernization for the 21st century family. So, starting in January 2016, SAM is offering First Family Sundays! This is a once-a-month opportunity for members and guests of all ages to try their hand at a new art-making adventure at SAM. The activity will be themed and feature a variety of techniques and media. All members of the family are welcome. Collaboration and experimentation is encouraged! Members enjoy First Family Sundays for free, a donation of $2 per person is requested for Non-members.


Special Exhibit 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.

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

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