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Virtual Studio Programs for Children

The Cleveland Museum of Art’s studio series for children has transitioned to a new virtual platform. Explore a diverse range of topics and materials under the guidance of experienced teaching artists while connecting with the CMA’s collection in new ways—virtually! Provide your kids the opportunity to practice their critical- and creative-thinking skills in a collaborative virtual environment.

After registering, you will receive an email confirmation with additional instructions. You will not receive a Zoom meeting link in the email confirmation. For questions about registration, please call 216-421-7350.

    • All virtual classes and workshops include a supply kit that will be delivered to your preferred home address.
    • One hour before the virtual class or workshop is scheduled to begin, a Zoom meeting link will be sent to your registered email.
    • If you experience technical difficulties during the virtual class or workshop, please email Maddie Armitage at marmitage [at] clevelandart.org or call 216-707-2643.
    • Children’s virtual classes and workshops are recorded for educational purposes.
 
 

Children’s Series (Ages 7–9)
Visual Storytelling
Saturdays, September 19–October 24, 2020, 10:00–11:00 a.m.
Registration closed.

In this engaging six-week virtual class, participants learn foundation skills and concepts to create their own visual story. This includes close looking at artworks in the CMA’s Collection Online, making connections between artworks and personal experiences, and learning different methods of storytelling such as painting, sculpture, and performance. Participants learn how visual concepts such as line, shape, space, movement, and color can help express emotions and convey meaning in their stories.

All supplies and delivery included in registration fee. Class is conducted via Zoom. Participants must have access to a smart device (phone, tablet, desktop) with internet access. A new Zoom meeting link will be sent one hour before each class is scheduled to begin. The same link will not be active for all six classes.

Instructor: Paula Jackson
Registration: $80, CMA members $70


Children’s Series (Ages 10–13)
Foundations in Art: Materials and Processes
Saturdays, September 19–October 24, 2020, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Registration closed.

Practice creativity while trying out new materials and processes with a different medium every week. Using the CMA’s collection for inspiration, participants examine line drawing by investigating works featuring people, faces, and feelings. Participants learn more about the power of light and color through painting and explore multimedia by playing with patterns and textures. Through collage, participants define the importance of value and metaphor. Participants also explore fibers by creating designs from yarn and string. Finally, participants probe the possibilities for creating art and meaning using found objects. 

All supplies and delivery included in registration fee. Class is conducted via Zoom. Participants must have access to a smart device (phone, tablet, desktop) with internet access. A new Zoom meeting link will be sent one hour before each class is scheduled to begin. The same link will not be active for all six classes.

Instructor: Maggie Latham
Registration: $80, CMA members $70


Children’s Workshop (Ages 7–9)
Rainbow Mobile Design: Inspired by Alexander Calder
Monday, September 21, 2020, 5:00–6:00 p.m.
Registration closed.

This workshop begins with an exploration of Alexander Calder’s works in the CMA’s Collection Online, White Loops and Red Spiral and Two Systems, including a brief discussion of Calder’s previous career as a mechanical engineer. Participants sketch some initial mobile designs and share ways of thinking through potential challenges. Using both unexpected and found objects, participants create a colorful hanging mobile inspired by Calder’s works, with the opportunity to explore new directions and ideas. The workshop concludes with group sharing and reflection. 

All supplies and delivery included in registration fee. Class is conducted via Zoom. Participants must have access to a smart device (phone, tablet, desktop) with internet access.

Instructor: Maddie Armitage
Registration: $35, CMA members $25


Children’s Workshop (Ages 10–13)
String Theory
Monday, September 21, 2020, 6:00–7:00 p.m.
Registration closed.

Using the CMA’s Collection Online, participants explore Liliana Porter’s print Man (To Be Embroidered), featured in the exhibition A Graphic Revolution: Prints and Drawings in Latin America, to provide inspiration and spark a conversation about creating impactful artwork. After our initial discussion and sketch warm-up, participants use string dipped in paint to make prints on paper. This process is very abstract and fun, and its purpose is to investigate how the materials work together. After experimenting with materials, participants can begin to lay out a final project that combines all the concepts and sketches to create a final 3-D embellished print.

All supplies and delivery included in registration fee. Class is conducted via Zoom. Participants must have access to a smart device (phone, tablet, desktop) with internet access.

Instructor: Julie Schabel
Registration: $35, CMA members $25


Children’s Workshop (Ages 7–9)
Create Stained Glass Inspired by Tiffany
Monday, October 19, 2020, 5:00–6:00 p.m.
Registration closes Monday, October 5.

Participants look closely at 3-D models of Peony Floor Lamp with a Bamboo Base and Peacock Table Lamp to better understand their construction and functional design. Next, participants sketch potential designs for their own stained glass artworks. Using tissue paper, participants draw or trace and then cut out their own shapes. With a paintbrush and liquid starch, participants secure their shapes to paper for their final piece. The workshop concludes with group sharing and reflection.  

All supplies and delivery included in registration fee. Class is conducted via Zoom. Participants must have access to a smart device (phone, tablet, desktop) with internet access.

Instructor: Maddie Armitage
Registration: $35, CMA members $25


Childrens Workshop (Ages 1013)
Creative Monoprinting Workshop
Monday, October 19, 2020, 6:00–7:00 p.m.
Registration opens Monday, September 7, for CMA members; Monday, September 14, for the public.

This workshop is inspired by select works from A Graphic Revolution: Prints and Drawings in Latin America. Participants discuss texture, line, and imagery while looking closely at artworks from this exhibition. Together, participants also discuss the history of printmaking within political revolutions and culturally important moments in time. Using jelly plates, participants create a print that reflects an experience in their life at present. The printmaking process includes the use of stencils, textures such as leaves or feathers, line work, and some optional photo transfer techniques.

All supplies and delivery included in registration fee. Class is conducted via Zoom. Participants must have access to a smart device (phone, tablet, desktop) with internet access.

Instructor: Rebekah Wilhelm
Registration: $35, CMA members $25


A limited number of scholarships are available. To apply, please submit the scholarship application form. If you have questions, please email familyyouthinfo [at] clevelandart.org for more information.

 

All education programs at the Cleveland Museum of Art are underwritten by the CMA Fund for Education. Generous annual funding is provided by Eva and Rudolf Linnebach and the Womens Council of the Cleveland Museum of Art.