Family & Children Programs

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

Learn about the printmaking process and discover how to print without a printing press on Saturday, January 28, 2023 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.!  View etchings and prints of animals in our special exhibit A Noble Pastime: Hunting Pictures from the Collection of the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation. Then create your own printing plate, learn the press method, and produce several prints of your own animal design at the CREATE! Workshop: Printmaking without a Press. All materials are included in the $5 material fee CREATE! Workshops are recommended for adults and children ages 7 and up

Create using only painted dots at the February 25, 2023 CREATE! Workshop: Abstract Dot Art from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Participants will create a small dot design on a polished rock and then paint a larger design on a 6×6 canvas.  All materials will be included with the $5 material fee. CREATE! Workshops are recommended for adults and children ages 7 and up.

Draw a landscape using only lines at the CREATE! Workshop: Guided Pen & Ink Drawing on Saturday, March 11, 2023 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Our teaching artist will guide you step by step in the process of creating a graphic black and white line drawing. All materials are included in the $5 material fee. CREATE! Workshops are recommended for adults and children ages 7 and up.

Transform a white coffee mug into an object that reflects your personality during our CREATE! Workshop: Painting with Porcelain Pens on Saturday, April 15, 2023 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. All materials are included in the $10 material fee.  CREATE! Workshops are recommended for adults and children ages 7 and up.

Learn the clay cane technique to make orange slices!  We will create a long Model Magic tube, or cane, with an orange pattern and then we will slice them up to use in a bowl design during our CREATE! Workshop: Orange Slice Design Bowl on Saturday, May 20, 2023 from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. All materials are included in the $5 material fee.  CREATE! Workshops are recommended for adults and children ages 7 and up.

Afterschool Art

Sharpen your drawing skills! During this four-week class, students in 5th-8th grade will learn how to layer color using Prismacolor Colored Pencils. Students will learn how to properly hold a pencil, how to draw and shade, and create realistic textures using only colored pencil. The class will culminate with a matted 11×14 apple study 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. Register online at starkmuseum.org.

This four-week class will meet from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and will focus on specific skill building using colored pencils. 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.

Learn how to draw realistic hands during this four-week class for students in 9th – 12th grades.  Students will work with pencil and charcoal while learning techniques to create life-like renderings.  The class will culminate with a matted 11 x 14 “hand study” that students will be proud to display.  This opportunity will benefit anyone wishing to develop their mastery of a challenging subject – hands!  Class size is limited to 10 students.  Registration is $40 per student, and all materials are provided. Register online at starkmuseum.org.

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.

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.