Art School for Children

  • Gladys' Gang: Chihuly's Fire

    May 7, 201410:00 - 11:00 a.m.

    Participants and their adult companions explore art through the introduction of elementary art terms such as color, line, shape and texture. This FREE monthly program includes story time and a creative studio activity related to the theme.
    Warmer, Warmer, warmerÂ… learn about warm colors as you travel through the galleries and get ready for summer. Then, in the studios, make an expressive painting - just like Dale Chihuly!
  • Gladys' Gang: Let the Fur Fly!

    June 4, 201410:00 - 11:00 a.m.

    Participants and their adult companions explore art through the introduction of elementary art terms such as color, line, shape and texture. This FREE monthly program includes story time and a creative studio activity related to the theme.
    Grab your binoculars as you travel through the CMA's exhibition, Animal Instincts: Paintings by Shelley Reed, searching for all kinds of animals and learning about value. Then, in the studios, make a black and white masterpiece.
  • What's Your Story?

    June 16, 20149 a.m. - Noon

    Learn how the pros write and illustrate picture books. Be inspired by the exhibition All the World's a Stage by Anita Lobel, and create your own book with words and illustrations by YOU!
  • Gladys' Time Travelers

    June 16, 20149 a.m. - Noon

    Follow the CMA's beloved grasshopper, Gladys, through time on a tour of our galleries. Explore different time periods through art and document your travels by creating artifacts of your own.
  • CMA TEEN ACADEMY: Drawing 101

    June 16, 20141 p.m. - 4 p.m.

    Explore drawing in a variety of different mediums. Topics include a live clothed model, traditional human proportions, perspective, and still-life.
  • Camp Half-Blood (A Percy Jackson Adventure)

    June 23, 20149 a.m. - Noon

    Join us for an exploration of myths and legends in the spirit of Percy Jackson and the Olympians. Investigate artwork inspired by Ancient Greece and Rome, and complete mythology-based projects of your very own.
  • Symphonic Safari

    June 23, 20149 a.m. - Noon

    Feel the rhythm of the jungle in this music-inspired camp. Look high and low for furry and slimy friends in the Museum and create your very own musical instruments and works of art inspired by the animals you find.
  • CMA TEEN ACADEMY: Wearable

    June 23, 20141 p.m. - 4 p.m.

    Explore contemporary and traditional techniques and materials in jewelry making, textiles, and clay as wearable art in this fine craft studio course.
  • Walk Like an Egyptian

    June 23, 20141 p.m. - 4 p.m.

    Learn to walk like an Egyptian all around the CMA galleries! Crack the Pharaoh's code and create your own papyrus scroll.
  • Cartooning Creatures

    July 7, 20149 a.m. - Noon

    Go on an adventure around the CMA galleries—sketching, drawing, and printing animal-inspired cartoons and characters. Bring your drawings to life working with tech experts from IT-oLogy to use 3D printing!
  • Go Gladys Green!

    July 7, 20149 a.m. - Noon

    Hop all around the CMA galleries with Gladys and meet all of her animal friends. Use recycled materials to create your own insect-inspired pieces.
  • CMA TEEN ACADEMY: Sculpting with Clay 101

    July 7, 20141 p.m. - 4 p.m.

    Learn the tools of the trade with both additive and subtractive techniques. Explore clay through large scale hand-building and learn the newest technology in 3D printing with ceramics.
  • Heroes and Villains

    July 7, 20141 p.m. - 4 p.m.

    Learn the basics of comic book creation as you sketch, develop storylines, and ink your own comics. Gain basic design concepts and skills in figure drawing and perspective.
  • Gladys' Gang: Red, White, Blue and You!

    July 9, 201410:00 - 11:00 a.m.

    Participants and their adult companions explore art through the introduction of elementary art terms such as color, line, shape and texture. This FREE monthly program includes story time and a creative studio activity related to the theme.
    Be guided through the CMA's collection learning about color and pattern. Then, in the studios, make a patriotic masterpiece!
  • Re-Purposed

    July 14, 20149 a.m. - Noon

    Find inspiration by incorporating recycled and found materials into your art, exploring both 2D and 3D techniques.
  • Photography

    July 14, 20141 p.m. - 4 p.m.

    Join us for an exploration in imagery and learn a variety of photography and transfer techniques.
  • Camp Half-Blood (A Percy Jackson Adventure)

    July 21, 20149 a.m. - Noon

    Join us for an exploration of myths and legends in the spirit of Percy Jackson and the Olympians. Investigate artwork inspired by Ancient Greece and Rome, and complete mythology-based projects of your very own.
  • CMA TEEN ACADEMY: Urban Printmaking

    July 21, 20141 p.m. - 4 p.m.

    Find inspiration in downtown Columbia's beautiful urban landscape. Explore both traditional and alternative printmaking techniques. Think outside the box with large-scale relief printing—no framing required.
  • Creative in Clay

    July 21, 20141 p.m. - 4 p.m.

    Go on an artful animal safari all around the Museum—sketching, painting, and forming zoomorphic masterpieces.
  • Pop-Op-Art

    July 28, 20149 a.m. - Noon

    Explore the Pop and Optical Art genres through a variety of materials and techniques.
  • Wild Wild West

    July 28, 20149 a.m. - Noon

    Head 'em up, move 'em out! Blaze trails through the Museum while experiencing the thrills of the Wild West and create pieces based on the western frontier.
  • Art Avengers

    July 28, 20141 p.m. - 4 p.m.

    A crime occurred at the CMA! Use your skills of deduction and your love of art to help solve this mystery. Follow the clues each day to solve the case and learn techniques while recreating a "missing" artwork.
  • Fins, Feathers, and Fur

    August 4, 20149 a.m. - Noon

    Draw, paint, and print all of the amazing creatures on exhibit at the CMA!
  • The ABCs of Art

    August 4, 20149 a.m. - Noon

    Scissors? Check! Markers? Check! Paintbrush? Check! Learn the basics of what it takes to create great art. Focus on shapes, colors, and other elements of art to prepare for the school year ahead.
  • Project FUNway Re-mix

    August 4, 20141 p.m. - 4 p.m.

    Design and create fashion accessories with a variety of simple and fun techniques. The final day of camp features a fashion show!
  • Gladys' Gang: Patterned Mosaics

    August 6, 201410:00 - 11:00 a.m.

    Participants and their adult companions explore art through the introduction of elementary art terms such as color, line, shape and texture. This FREE monthly program includes story time and a creative studio activity related to the theme.
    Learn about what pattern is and how one is made as you travel through the galleries. Then, make your own paper mosaic in the studios!
  • Mythological Monsters

    August 11, 20149 a.m. - Noon

    Join us for an exploration of ancient myths and legends. Explore artwork inspired by the stories of Greece, Rome, and Egypt and complete mythology-based projects of your own.
  • Go BIG

    August 11, 20149 a.m. - Noon

    Big canvases that is—inspired by the exhibition, Animal Instinct: Paintings by Shelley Reed. Learn how to build, stretch, and prepare your own canvas. Then, go big with some paintings to match!