Adult Programs

The Stark Museum of Art offers a wide range of programs for adults including lectures, tours, gallery conversations, studio workshops, and more throughout the year. For a full list of offerings, see below.

Insights Lunch & Looks and Lectures

Insights Lunch & Looks and Lectures are a special series presented by Curator Sarah E. Boehme and guest speakers on subjects related to the Stark Museum of Art’s collection. This series provides visitors the opportunity to engage deeply with artists and works of art in the collection.

These programs are facilitated live through Zoom at the Stark Museum of Art in Orange, TX. Participants are encouraged to download Zoom prior to the event. For more information, including tutorials for using Zoom, please visit the Resources page on the Zoom website.

All live programs will be recorded and available at a later date at the button below and Stark Art & History YouTube channel.

Upcoming Programs

Stay tuned for upcoming programs.

Adult Studio Workshop

Create a ceramic Christmas tree with guest artist Randy Eakin at our two-day Adult Studio Workshop: Ceramic Christmas Trees. Participants aged 18 and over will hand-build with clay while exploring the creative possibilities of applied and glazed texture. Daytime workshops will be offered on Wednesdays, November 2 and November 30, 2022 from 2:00-4:30 p.m., and evening workshops will be offered on Thursdays, November 3 and December 1, 2022 from 6:00-8:30 p.m.  

On the first day of the workshop participants will hand-build their clay Christmas trees. Completed Christmas trees will be bisque-fired in our on-site kiln before the second class where participants will return to the studio to apply glaze. A final firing in the kiln will transform the glazed Christmas trees into a Christmas decoration worthy of gift giving and will be available for pick up in mid-December.

Each workshop is limited to 12 participants, ages 18 and older. $65 will reserve your space in this class and provides all materials for the workshop. Registration begins October 5th.

Important Details:

·      Classes begin promptly. Please arrive on time.

·      Aprons will be provided, but participants are encouraged to dress for the art studio.

·      The museum’s studio can be cool, so we encourage you to consider bringing a sweater or jacket.

·      Participants will make two ceramic trees approximately 8” and 6” tall.

·      Pick-up times for glazed pieces will be announced during the second class.


For more information, please contact Rebecca Johns at rjohns@starkmuseum.org or 409-886-2787, ext. 3028.

CREATE! Workshops

CREATE! Workshops are recommended for ages 8 and up and are designed to be multi-generational, but please note that younger children may require additional assistance from their accompanying grown-up. We encourage family collaboration during these workshops. Children ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult registered for the workshop. Registrants will briefly discuss a selected collection item and then will appreciate art in a new way when they make their own art in the studio. Some CREATE! Workshop artwork must be fired in the kiln. Artwork will be available approximately three weeks after the class. Please check with your teaching artists to confirm your pick-up dates.

CREATE! Workshops have a $5 or $10 material fee per registrant, depending on the supplies used in the workshop. Space is limited to 20 people per session including children and adults – all attendees must register.

Upcoming Workshops

Create a one of a kind tile during our CREATE! Workshop: Scratch Art Tiles on Saturday, September 10, 2022 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Participants will learn the technique of sgraffito, or scratch art. Registrants will scratch a design on the glazed surface of the tile. All materials are included in the $5 material fee. Artwork made in the class must be fired in a kiln and will be available for pick-up approximately 3 weeks later. CREATE! Workshops are recommended for adults and children ages 7 and up. 

Paint your pet from a favorite photo at the October 15, 2022 CREATE! Workshop: Paint Your Pet, which is designed for adults and children 7 and older. The 9” x 12” canvas panel will be painted in acrylic paint. The frameable pet portrait will be funky and abstracted. Participants will need to email their photo in advance of the workshop date. All materials will be included with the $10 material fee. CREATE! Workshops are recommended for adults and children ages 7 and up. 

Paint on pottery to prepare for Christmas! Participants will paint a reindeer mug at the CREATE! Workshop: Glazed Reindeer Mug on Saturday, November 12, 2022 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. All materials are included in the $10 material fee. Artwork made in the class must be fired in a kiln and will be available for pick-up approximately 3 weeks later. CREATE! Workshops are recommended for adults and children ages 7 and up.

Transform a clay pot into a whimsical Winter Fairy House during our CREATE! Workshop: Winter Fairy House hosted by the Stark Museum and The W.H. Stark House on Saturday, December 3, 2022 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. This workshop will be held at the Carriage House of The W.H. Stark House. All materials are included in the $10 material fee. CREATE! Workshops are recommended for adults and children ages 7 and up.

Slow Art Viewing

Slow Art Viewing encourages the viewer to look carefully at works of art. On average, museum visitors spend less than eight seconds viewing any given work of art. The Slow Art method counteracts that tendency by encouraging the viewer to look at a few works of art for ten minutes each. This empowers the viewer to take control over the viewing experience and to make discoveries. You do not need special knowledge or training to enjoy and appreciate art. You bring your own perceptions and experiences to bear.