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!

Youth Classes

Returning for End of summer fun! Young Artist Camps

If you loved our Young Artist Camp, or if you missed it because your family was on vacation, or your kids had sports camp or drama class. Here is another opportunity to explore many art techniques and enjoy the cool museum during the hot weather.

Ages 8-11  Saturdays: August 29; September 5, 12, and 19; Class hours 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Class Limit 15
Fee $40 for the workshop

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