Family & Children Programs

Afterschool Art

Sharpen your drawing skills! During this four-week class, students in 5th-8th grade will learn the fundamentals of pencil drawing. Students will learn how to properly hold a pencil, how to draw and shade, and create realistic textures using only pencil. The class will culminate with a matted 11×14 Still Life pencil drawing that students will be proud to display. This four-week class will provide a solid skill base for your young artist to advance their ability and deepen their love of drawing. Class size is limited to a maximum of 10 students. Registration is $40 per student, and all materials are provided.

This four-week class will meet from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and will focus on specific skill building. Students may be assigned some brief at-home assignments during the course of the class that will reinforce the instruction that is given in the studio. Class size is limited to 10 students to allow one-on-one time with our Teaching Artist. All materials needed for the class are included in the $40 class.


Create with confidence using Prismacolor Colored Pencils! Students will learn foundational skills to properly handle and use Prismacolor colored pencils to layer and build color. Artists will learn the proper way to blend and perfect the techniques used to create texture. This class will culminate with a matted 11×14 Still Life colored pencil drawing that students will be proud to display. This four-week class will provide the fundamental skills needed to produce skillful colored pencil drawings and deepen their love of art. Class size is limited to a maximum of 10 students.

This four-week class will meet from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and will focus on specific skill building. Students may be assigned some brief at-home assignments during the course of the class that will reinforce the instruction that is given in the studio. Class size is limited to 10 students to allow one on one time with our Teaching Artist. All materials needed for the class are included in the $40 class.

For more information, please contact rjohns@starkmuseum.org or call 409-886-2787, extension 3028.

SMA Playdate

Calling all little artists – SMA Playdate is BACK! Join us each second Friday of the month from 10:00-11:00 a.m. beginning Friday, September 9, 2022, for art-inspired play and art-making designed just for children 5 and under and their grown-ups. Each month features a new story and activity to help children and grown-ups engage with a work of art at the Stark Museum of Art while making new friends in our art studio. Playdates are scheduled on the second Friday of the month September 2022 through May 2023. Free admission.

Upcoming Programs

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. Register online at starkmuseum.org.

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. Register online at starkmuseum.org.

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. Register online at starkmuseum.org.

Gallery Scavenger Hunts

Get ready for an adventure in art! Each Gallery Scavenger Hunt contains clues to help you find works of art in the galleries. They also feature questions to jump-start conversations about each artwork selected. Gallery Scavenger Hunts are appropriate for visitors of all ages. Don’t forget to pick up your Scavenger Hunt prize!

Art Quest

All our camps are currently full. Stay tuned for 2023 Art Quest dates!

Art Quest @ Home

In response to challenges presented by Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and the uncertainties surrounding our ability to meet in person as groups for the foreseeable future, the Stark Museum of Art Education department has developed a series of web-based at-home art kits. These web-based Art Quest @ Home art kits will offer a project with supporting visual arts activities that participants complete at home with the virtual guidance of a Stark Museum of Art Educator. Art Quest @ Home art kits are designed to accommodate students entering 1st-6th grades with an interest in visual art.