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: September 19th, 26th, October 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st, and November 7

Saturday Morning Art Club
For Young Artists Ages 4 – 7

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Individual classes open to kids of varying ages and interest levels where they are can stretch their creative capacities and expand their knowledge in the use of different art materials. Sign up (indicating the age of student) for individual Saturday sessions by the previous Thursday by emailing

Weekly Themes:

September 19 – Playing with Colors

September 26 – Super Shape Saturday

October 3 – In a Line

October 10 – Prepare for Patterns

October 17 – Hooray for Clay

October 24 – Beading Bonanza

October 31 – Halloween Party

November 7 – Finale Mystery
Lab hours 10-12
Ages 4 – 7
Class Limit 15
Fee $8 per class, or any 3 classes for $15

Young Artists (Ages 8-11)

We just finished up our Young Artists Camp for 8-11 year olds. It was a multimedia survey of collage and assemblage. Artist instructor Brittany Baksa incorporated the study of famous artists, the creation of conceptual self-portraits, and sculptures with found materials. The students visited the new mural, participated in critique sessions, explored the Quilts 20/20 as well as the Towards a New/Old Architecture exhibitions, and observed installation week. What a packed class! Thank you to our students, our teachers and helpers and our parents!

Check back soon for our next offering coming in late Fall!

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Sunday, Nov. 1; Sunday, Dec. 6

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 holiday 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)

Monday, Nov.9 – Friday, Nov. 13

the great learny journey (WATCH artist instructor erin Slabonik and tina sell ON GOOD DAY PA! OCT 21!)

A unique project for students to tap into their curiosity and creativity. From their illustrations, poet and instructor Erin Slabonik will select specific works to accompany her book of poetry, titled Rhymings and Ramblings. Participants will receive a copy of the completed book.
Author and Instructor: Erin Slabonik.
Workshop  5 sessions  (Evenings, M-F, Nov. 9-13)
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Ages Children 8 – 12
Class Limit 15 students
Fee $50 for workshop (all 5 sessions), or $15 per individual class


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 (Currently undergoing a makeover!):

There will be no Story Time at the Museum for the month of October. Please check back soon to discover how this family event will be transformed!

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!