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Youth & Teen Studio Programs

MIA youth classes provide challenging hands-on art experiences that are enriched and inspired by works of art in the museum’s collection and special exhibitions. Led by qualified art instructors, museum classes offer young people a broad cultural view of art history, as well as fascinating insights into artists, techniques, and styles.

In the galleries, students spend time learning directly from masterpieces. In the studio, students develop basic art skills, experiment with an array of artistic mediums, and gain confidence through exercises that foster self-expression. Creative problem solving and art-making activities are integrated into each class. Selected artworks by students are displayed in the Community Commons Gallery.

Registration

To register, please call (612) 870-6323 or visit us at tickets.artsmia.org.

Questions about current or future offerings? Looking for a favorite instructor’s class? E-mail YouthPrograms@artsmia.org or call (612) 870-3207.

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Extended Care

This summer, The Children’s Theatre Company is pleased to offer their convenient Extended Care option to Summer Studio Camp participants. The Extended Care option offers both free play time and organized activities with the Children’s Theatre Company’s celebrated education staff.

Morning extended care is offered from 8:00 a.m. until morning classes begin, and afternoon extended care is offered from 3:30 until 5:30 p.m.  June 8 through August 14 (Note: there is no extended care the last week of camp.)

 

Registration for extended care can be done online through the Children’s Theatre Company.

Ages 2 to 4 (+ adult)

Messy Creations
Friday, July 17 – 10am to 11am

$12 non-members/$10 members

Let’s get messy together! First, we’ll get a special message from Mark Mothersbaugh, the art teacher on “Yo Gabba Gabba!” and featured artist of “Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia.” Then we’ll learn about primary colors as we work side by side to create a playful art work with paint. After class, take a trip to the galleries to visit the Mothersbaugh exhibition and explore the artist’s use of bold colors.

Ages: 2–4 years and their adult companion

To register, call (612) 870-3323 or register online

Splish Splash
Friday, August 14 - 10am to 11am

$12 non-members/$10 members

In this class specially designed for toddlers and their adults, we’ll use our fingers, hands, and other materials to create. Learn about the art element of line in fun and exciting ways. After reading Marcus Pfister’s book The Rainbow Fish for inspiration, paint in watercolors with your toddler to create a fishy friend of your own!

Ages: 2–4 years and their adult companion

To register, call (612) 870-6323 or register online

Ages 4 to 5

Puppy Parade
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
June 9 through 11 - 9:30am to 11am

$54 non-members/$43 members

Sculpt, paint, and draw puppies after visiting some very famous dogs in MIA’s collection. Using air-drying clay, we’ll learn the basics of the color wheel and make wearable art to participate in our own Puppy Parade. Learn about the art elements and how you can use them in your art. Go on a scavenger hunt to find famous canines in the museum.

To register, call (612) 870-6323 or register online

This is a 3-session class.

Cut & Paste
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
July 14 through 16 – 9:30am to 11am

$54 non-members/$43 members

Let’s get inspired to create. First, we’ll get a special message and art project from Mark Mothersbaugh, art teacher on “Yo Gabba Gabba!” and featured artist of “Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia.” Then we’ll create collages inspired by the artist’s work and collaborate to make artwork. We’ll move from paper to digital, using iPads to make a symmetrical self-portrait and take fun photos in the exhibition.

To register, call (612) 870-6323 or register online

This is a 3-session class.


Beach Party
Tuesday August 11 - 9:30am to 11am

$54 non-members/$43 members

Look at the crocheted coral reef in The Nature of Nature exhibition and create a mixed media coral reef of your very own. Work together to make an underwater ocean scene on one of the studio walls. Explore beach-themed artwork at the MIA and sketch what you see in your very own sketchbook. Learn how to use your new sculpture skills to make art the next time you go to the beach!

To register, call (612) 870-6323 or register online

This is a 3-session class.

Ages 5 to 7

Art Zoo
Monday – Friday
June 8 through June 12 – 12:30pm to 3:30pm

$180 non-members/$144 members

Let’s take a tour of animal-inspired artwork in the MIA’s collection. We’ll bring along our sketchbooks to draw animals in their art habitats, then translate our sketches into a sculpture of your favorite zoo animal. Plus, we’ll create a sculptural environment where each animal can play and relax. Lastly, we’ll show off our art zoo to families and friends at the final reception.

To register, call (612) 870-6323 0r register online

This is a 5-session class.

Shh… It’s a Surprise
Monday – Friday
June 22 through June 26 – 12:30pm to 3:30pm

$180 non-members/$144 members

The MIA is 100! Let’s celebrate in style by looking at the collection’s greatest hits, then experimenting with materials to make some masterpieces of our own. Together, we’ll think “inside” the box and create a surprise sculpture only visible when revealed. On the last day, we’ll have a surprise birthday party and art reception to show off your hard work to family and friends.

To register, call (612) 870-6323 0r register online

This is a 5-session class.


Art Party
Monday – Friday
July 13 through July 17 – 12:30pm to 3:30pm

$180 non-members/$144 members

Let’s throw a party—and make it arty! First, we’ll visit the “Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia” exhibition for inspiration. In the studio, we’ll let loose and create some mixed-media masterpieces. Together, we’ll try our hands at collage using images from “Myopia,” and collaborate with our studio mates to make artwork. Then we’ll move to digital, using iPads to make a symmetrical self-portrait and take fun photos in the exhibition.

To register, call (612) 870-6323 0r register online

This is a 5-session class.

Puppet Studio
Monday – Friday
July 13 through July 17 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

$360 non-members/$288 members

Artists age 7-9 get a chance to test out the role of both Artist and Actor in this special collaboration between Minneapolis Institute of Arts and Children’s Theater Company. Spend the mornings in the studio creating the perfect puppet.  In the afternoon, join Children’s Theatre Company to learn the foundational elements of puppet technique that bring the inanimate to life.  From the basics of how to hold your puppet to the challenge of crafting character voice and the subtle movements that express realistic emotion.  Tuition includes materials at Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Class takes place at MIA. Register for this camp through CTC: http://www.childrenstheatre.org/


Ocean Delight
Monday – Friday
August 10 through August 14 - 12:30pm to 3:30pm

$180 non-members/$144 members

Look at the crocheted coral reef in The Nature of Nature exhibition, and create a mixed media coral reef of your very own. Work together to make an underwater ocean scene on one of the studio walls. Create a seascape home for your very own LIVING pet Betta fish that you’ll take home on the last day!

To register, call (612) 870-6323 0r register online

This is a 5-session class.

Ages 8 to 10

2D – 3D
Monday – Friday
June 15 through June 19 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

$360 non-members/$288 members

2-D is art on paper. 3-D is sculptural work. How do artists manipulate the elements of art to make the most of these various mediums? In this camp, we’ll explore the many forms of art. In the studio, we’ll use a different material every day to create multiple artworks riffing on the same theme.

To register, call (612) 870-6323 0r register online

This is a 5-session class.

Super Heroes
Monday – Friday
June 29 through July 3 – 9:30am to 3:30pm

$360 non-members/$288 members

Let’s band together to form a league of Art Heroes! First, we’ll create secret identities inspired by a famous work of art or artist. Then we’ll develop our own logos and costumes and paint heroic self-portraits. Along the way, we’ll learn about Pop Art and draw ourselves into a comic book or comic strip. Together, we’ll travel around the galleries for inspiration—and create works of art to save the world!

To register, call (612) 870-6323 0r register online

This is a 5-session class.


Creative Kinetics
Monday – Friday
July 6 through July 10 – 9:30am to 3:30pm

$360 non-members/$288 members

Kinetics is the study of how things move. So let’s think like engineers to create mechanical toys and moving sculptures. We’ll discover art in the collection that can move. Then, we’ll create a whimsical mobile that dances with air and an automata that moves by crank. Through our combined creativity we’ll get introduced to the concepts of STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Learn how different artists have used STEM concepts to create STEAM!

To register, call (612) 870-6323 0r register online

This is a 5-session class.

Puppet Studio
Monday – Friday
July 13 through July 17 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

$360 non-members/$288 members

Artists age 7-9 get a chance to test out the role of both Artist and Actor in this special collaboration between Minneapolis Institute of Arts and Children’s Theater Company. Spend the mornings in the studio creating the perfect puppet.  In the afternoon, join Children’s Theatre Company to learn the foundational elements of puppet technique that bring the inanimate to life.  From the basics of how to hold your puppet to the challenge of crafting character voice and the subtle movements that express realistic emotion.  Tuition includes materials at Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Class takes place at MIA. Register for this camp through CTC: http://www.childrenstheatre.org/


Leonardo da Vinci, Codex Leicester, Courtesy Bill Gates / ©bgC3

Secret Codes
Monday – Friday
July 20 through July 24 – 9:30am to 3:30pm

$360 non-members/$288 members

Leonardo Da Vinci was a master of secret codes. See his remarkable, wonderful work in the exhibition “Leonardo da Vinci, the Codex Leicester, and the Creative Mind.” In the studio, create artworks using a secret code of your own. Work out ideas in your sketchbook while on secret missions in the galleries. Use your ideas to create work using “invisible” ink, 3-D glasses, and more!

To register, call (612) 870-6323 0r register online

This is a 5-session class.

Make Your Mark!
Monday – Friday
July 27 through July 31 – 9:30am to 3:30pm

$360 non-members/$288 members

How will you make your mark? For inspiration, we’ll look at different prints in the MIA’s collection. In the studio, try your hand at a different printmaking technique every day, from linoleum and styrofoam to pantyhose and wire. Use your sketchbook to gather ideas and inspirations from outdoor sketching trips and in-gallery tours. We’ll also visit the Department of Prints & Drawings to get a behind-the-scenes look at the museum’s giant collection.

To register, call (612) 870-6323 0r register online

This is a 5-session class.


Super-Sized Sculptures
Monday – Friday
August 3 through August 7 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

$360 non-members/$288 members

Visit the “Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia” exhibition and set your eyes on the artist’s gigantic sculptural creations. Back in the studio, make an oversized masterpiece of your own using untraditional materials. Plus, make preliminary drawings and paintings to prepare you for the process of making your final super-sized sculpture.

To register, call (612) 870-6323 0r register online

This is a 5-session class.

Coral Reef
Monday – Friday
August 17 through August 21 – 9:30am to 3:30pm

$360 non-members/$288 members

Visit the crocheted coral reef in The Nature of Nature exhibition. In the studio learn to crochet and create a collaborative crocheted coral reef. Look for other ocean inspired works in the MIA’s permanent collection, and create watery works of your own.

To register, call (612) 870-6323 0r register online

This is a 5-session class.

Ages 11 to 13

Oh Snap!
Monday – Friday
June 29 through July 3 – 9:30am to 3:30pm

$360 non-members/$288 members

Learn the history of photography from folks who know it best—including a professional staff photographer. Try your hand at a wide variety of techniques and tools, from Polaroid to the iPhone selfie. Learn tips and tricks needed to take the perfect pic. Build a robust portfolio of your photography. Plus, get an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the museum’s photo studio!

To register, call (612) 870-6323 0r register online

This is a 5-session class.

Leonardo da Vinci, Codex Leicester, Courtesy Bill Gates / ©bgC3

Sketchbooks as Sculptures
Monday – Friday
July 20 through July 24 – 9:30am to 3:30pm

$360 non-members/$288 members

How did Leonardo become Leonardo? We’ll find out by looking at the work in the exhibition “Leonardo da Vinci’s Leicester Codex and the Power of Observation.” In the studio, we’ll work out our own original ideas. Consider your sketchbook more than just a place to plan out your masterpieces, but instead a work of art itself. Plus, we’ll use traditional and untraditional materials to enhance our book experience, and look at the works of contemporary bookmakers for ideas.

To register, call (612) 870-6323 0r register online

This is a 5-session class.


AuSM Artists
Monday – Friday
July 27 through July 31 - 9:30am to 12pm

$235 non-members/$175 members

Join AuSM and the MIA for this exciting new camp for young artists with autism. Be inspired by art seen in the galleries and make your own masterpieces in the studio. Learn about new materials, including everything from air-dry clay to acrylic paints. Find wonder, be inspired, be an artist. This class will be co-taught by MIA art specialists and an AuSM education specialist. Participants who are not group ready* must be accompanied by a PCA or caregiver to assist during the classes.

*Being group ready includes the ability to demonstrate self-care skills without assistance; the ability to follow adult direction; showing readiness for large group participation, including the ability to remain with the group at all times; and the ability to follow safety rules independently.

For more information and to register for the fun, visit www.ausm.org or call 651.647.1083.

Cartoon Creations
Monday – Friday
August 3 through August 7 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

$360 non-members/$288 members

Check out the Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia exhibition. Back in the studio, come up with a few cartoon creations of your own. Look deeper into the art of comics through the lens of Pop Art, anime illustrations, and comic strips. Create new characters and bring them to life through drawing and sculpture .

To register, call (612) 870-6323 0r register online

This is a 5-session class.


Coral Reef
Monday – Friday
August 17 through August 21 – 9:30am to 3:30pm

$360 non-members/$288 members

Visit the crocheted coral reef in The Nature of Nature exhibition. In the studio learn to crochet and create a collaborative crocheted coral reef. Look for other ocean inspired works in the MIA’s permanent collection, and create watery works of your own.

To register, call (612) 870-6323 0r register online

This is a 5-session class.

Ages 14 to 17

Street Art
Monday – Friday
June 15 through June 19 – 9:30am to 3:30pm

$360 non-members/$288 members

Street art, graffiti—what’s the difference? Check out Swoon’s artwork in the MIA’s collection, and learn about masterpieces that never leave the street. Discuss the difference between a vandal and an artist. Craft a secret street-art identity and style. Create works of art that can be left out in public for all to enjoy.

To register, call (612) 870-6323 0r register online

This is a 5-session class.

Think Big!
Monday – Friday
July 6 through July 10 – 9:30am to 3:30pm

$360 non-members/$288 members

How do artists approach the creation of immense artworks? Where does one even start? To get an idea, we’ll look at the work of Chuck Close, including the MIA’s mondo-sized Frank. Then we’ll experiment with building grids for the photo-to-painting process and creating a 10-tone grayscale. By the end of this class, we’ll be making our own super-sized paintings on canvas created from a favorite photo.

To register, call (612) 870-6323 0r register online

This is a 5-session class.


Leonardo da Vinci, Codex Leicester, Courtesy Bill Gates / ©bgC3

Sketch in Style
Monday – Friday
July 20 through July 24 – 9:30am to 3:30pm

$360 non-members/$288 members

Leonardo da Vinci thought through his ideas on the pages of his sketchbook. Look at the artist’s work in the “Leonardo da Vinci, the Codex Leicester, and the Creative Mind” exhibition. Then make your sketchbook your best friend, totally unique just to you. Develop your own sketching, note-taking, and documentation style. Fill two sketchbooks over the course of one week, one manufactured and one handmade! Plus, meet Kurt Nordwall in our Registration department and see how he used his sketchbook to create a marvelous framing machine!

To register, call (612) 870-6323 0r register online

This is a 5-session class.

AuSM Artists
Monday – Friday
July 27 through July 31 - 12:30pm to 3pm

$235 non-members/$175 members

Join AuSM and the MIA for this exciting new camp for young artists with autism. Be inspired by art seen in the galleries and make your own masterpieces in the studio. Learn about new materials, including everything from air-dry clay to acrylic paints. Find wonder, be inspired, be an artist. This class will be co-taught by MIA art specialists and an AuSM education specialist. Participants who are not group ready* must be accompanied by a PCA or caregiver to assist during the classes.

*Being group ready includes the ability to demonstrate self-care skills without assistance; the ability to follow adult direction; showing readiness for large group participation, including the ability to remain with the group at all times; and the ability to follow safety rules independently.

For more information and to register for the fun, visit www.ausm.org or call 651.647.1083.


Mixed Media Madness
Monday – Friday
August 3 through August 7 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

$360 non-members/$288 members

After checking out the “Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia” exhibition, we’ll watch a specially recorded message and challenge from the artist himself! Back in the studio, use what you saw as inspiration for creating mixed-media masterpieces. Use untraditional materials to express raw creativity and fun ideas on paper. Just how many works can you create in one week? Let’s find out.

To register, call (612) 870-6323 0r register online

This is a 5-session class.

Picture This
Monday – Friday
August 10 through August 14 – 9:30am to 3:30pm

$360 non-members/$288 members

Learn the history of photography from folks who know it best—including the MIA’s photography curator and a professional staff photographer. Try your hand at a wide variety of techniques and tools, from Polaroid to the iPhone selfie. Learn tips and tricks needed to take the perfect pic. Get an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the Department of Photography & New Media with curator David Little, and step into the photo studio here at the museum.

To register, call (612) 870-6323 0r register online

This is a 5-session class.

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