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!

summer programming:

Youth Classes

June 8 – 12

Summer Advanced Anime Drawing Class

This 5-day workshop for advanced drawing students will focus on fine-tuning anime drawing skills! This will be a great opportunity to sample the afterschool program SAM will offer in the fall! Check it out!
Instructor: Robert Taylor
Class Hours 1 – 5 pm
Ages 10 – 17
Class Limit 20
Fee $80 for the week

June 15-19 (Ages 3-5); June 22-26 (Ages 6-8)

Young Artist Camps

Join us for SAM’s Summer Camp for Young Artists! Explore many art techniques and enjoy the cool museum during the hot mornings of early summer.
Class hours 10 – 12 p.m.
Ages June 15-19 (Ages 3-5); June 22-26 (Ages 6-8)
Class Limit 20
Fee $35 for the week

Civil War 150 Family workshop inspired by artist David Bustill Bowser

Create original artwork that is inspired by the life and works of David Bustill Bowser. Explore  history through art in conjunction with the Dauphin County Civil War 150 anniversary celebrations.
Instructor: Nancy Mendes
Class Hours 10:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Ages All ages, Families welcome
Free with admission

July 20 –24 (Ages  12–16) ; July 27-31 (Ages 8-11)

Cool Summer Nights at SAM

Looking for a great way to escape the heat this July? Come out for an evening camp for kids ages 10-16! There will be cool art projects, activities in the vault, and an exhibition at the end of the week for parents and friends.
Hours 5:30 -8:00 p.m.
Ages July 20–24 (Ages 12–16) ; July 27-31 (Ages 8-11)
Class Limit 20
Fee $40 for the week

August 3-7

Young Illustrator Project : The Great Learny Journey

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. Participants will receive a copy of the completed book.
Class hours 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Ages Children 8 – 12
Class Limit 15 students
Fee $70 for workshop (all 5 sessions), or $20 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 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.

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!

Youth Classes