Saturday Classes for Middle School Students

Saturday Classes for Middle School Students allow budding artists ages 11-13 the opportunity to build skills in different areas of artmaking, learn from the American art collection, and to meet new friends who share common interest. 

Classes take place in the Connelly Foundation Community Education Center in the Historic Landmark Building. Classes are two hours in length, students are encouraged to bring snack and dress for a little mess.


February 9, 2019 - March 30, 2019

11 a.m. - 1 p.m

Teaching Artist: Scott Schultheis

This course will expose beginning painters to techniques and approaches to creating unique and accomplished images. Students will gain confidence  with a range of paints, tools, and surfaces while learning essential skills, including depicting form, expanding color use, creating atmosphere and light, and developing a point of view. Projects will include surrealistic landscapes, dramatically lit portraits, and much more. Get ready to explore visual phenomena and storytelling through painting.
All materials provided.



April 6, 2019- June 1, 2019 (no class April 20)

11 am- 1 pm

Teaching Artist: Matt McKnight

This course looks at the tools, materials, and techniques necessary to create sequential art. We welcome ll skill levels, whether you are a beginner, advanced or somewhere in between, the teacher will personalize instruction to meet each student’s needs. Learn about figure proportion, character creation, facial expressions, and more. Students will work together to create the comics they wish to see. There will also be a supervised field trip to look at some exciting comics. All materials provided.


Saturday Classes for Middle School Students are made possible through the generous funding from the Institute for Museum and Library Services.