Get Art Smart! The Art School offers a wide array of classes and workshops for adults and children of all ages, including summer camps for children.

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Please note that pre-registration is required for all programs and fees are nonrefundable. Register early as class sizes are small for individualized attention.

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SundayMarch 8
Passport to Art: Cola CityscapesNoon - 3:00 p.m.Passport to Art: Cola Cityscapes
Create a cityscape inspired by the Columbia Now: Four Photographers Show Us Our City exhibition. This free drop-in studio program for families features a new hands-on art project each month. After spending time in our open studios, explore our galleries at your own leisure or join us for the family tour at 1:00 p.m.

    Cost:

  • Free.
SundayApril 12
Passport to Art: Quite the Impression!Noon - 3:00 p.m.Passport to Art: Quite the Impression!
Come get your Passport to Art and make an impression—impressionistic painting that is—before viewing the Charles Courtney Curran: Seeking the Ideal exhibition. This free drop-in studio program for families features a new hands-on art project each month. After spending time in our open studios, explore our galleries at your own leisure or join us for the family tour at 1:00 p.m.

    Cost:

  • Free.
WednesdayMay 6
Gladys’ Gang: Magical May10:00 - 11:00 a.m.Gladys’ Gang: Magical May
Join us for this popular series! Gladys’ Gang is a free, early childhood arts and literacy program for ages 2-5 that focuses on preparing children for kindergarten. Using art as a guide, children and their adult caregivers enjoy story time in the galleries followed by a hands-on art project in the CMA studios. The program is held the first Wednesday of each month from 10:00 until 11:00 a.m. This month visit the Charles Courtney Curran: Seeking the Ideal exhibition and create a May flower inspired salt painting in the studio. Registration required as space is limited.

    Cost:

  • Free.
MondayJune 8
Wild Wild West
Ages 4-7
9:00 a.m. - Noon
Wild Wild WestAges 4-7
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. Ages 4-7.
Art in Focus
Ages 8-12
9:00 a.m. - Noon
Art in FocusAges 8-12
Bring your digital camera, phone, or tablet and join us
for a week full of image-making. Learn the basics of photography with a fun, experimental approach. Cameras not provided.
MondayJune 15
Gladys Goes Pop
Ages 4-7
9:00 a.m. - Noon
Gladys Goes PopAges 4-7
That’s Pop Art of course! Travel through From Marilyn to Mao: Andy Warhol’s Famous Faces with Gladys the grasshopper for inspiration. In the studio, create your own fabulously popular artwork.
Camp Half-Blood
Ages 8-12
9:00 a.m. - Noon
Camp Half-BloodAges 8-12
Get ready for an exploration of myths and legends in the spirit of Percy Jackson and the Olympians. Investigate art inspired by Ancient Greece and Rome, and get creative as you make mythology-inspired projects of your own.
Creative Clay
Ages 8-12
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Creative ClayAges 8-12
Learn one of the oldest forms of making art as you create three-dimensional works in the studio. Be inspired by the wonderful clay pieces in the CMA’s collection.
Drawing 101
Ages 13-18
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Drawing 101Ages 13-18
Explore mark-making in a variety of mediums and techniques. Topics include traditional human proportions, perspective, and still-life.
MondayJune 22
Caves to Canvas
Ages 8-12
9:00 a.m. - Noon
Caves to CanvasAges 8-12
From cave paintings in France to street art in Columbia- people have always found ways to express themselves. Find your favorite kind of canvas as you explore everything from mud-stenciling to watercolor.
Heroes and Villains
Ages 8-12
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Heroes and VillainsAges 8-12
Learn the basics of comic book creation as you sketch, develop storylines, and ink your own comics. Gain basic understanding of design concepts and skills in figure drawing and perspective.
FridayJuly 3
Painting 101
Ages 13-18
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Painting 101Ages 13-18
Spend your summer making art! Experience a variety of painting mediums, surfaces, and techniques. Acrylic, gouache, and watercolor- you will be sure to find inspiration in the galleries at the CMA.
MondayJuly 13
I Spy Gladys!
Ages 4-7
9:00 a.m. - Noon
I Spy Gladys!Ages 4-7
I spy Green! I spy orange! I spy blue! Hop around the galleries with Gladys the grasshopper and meet some of her crawly friends. In the studio, make artwork based on her bug buddies.
Project Runway: MOD Edition9:00 a.m. - NoonProject Runway: MOD Edition
Design and create your own look inspired by Andy Warhol’s Famous MOD style. The final day of camp features a fashion show with the CMA galleries as your runway!
Mythological Monsters9:00 a.m. - NoonMythological Monsters
Join us for an exploration of art inspired by ancient myths and legends in Asia, Greece, Rome and Egypt. Then create mythology-based artworks of your own.
Creative Clay
Ages 8-12
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Creative ClayAges 8-12
Learn one of the oldest forms of making art as you create three-dimensional works in the studio. Be inspired by the wonderful clay pieces in the CMA’s collection.
Warhol's Workshop1:00 - 4:00 p.m.Warhol's Workshop
Join us in exploring the exhibition From Marilyn to Mao: Andy Warhol’s Famous Faces and learn to create screen prints just as the artist did. Learn the process of silkscreen from start to finish.
Cartooning Creatures
Ages 8-12
9:00 a.m. - Noon
Cartooning CreaturesAges 8-12
Let your imagination run wild as you make fun and creative cartoon creatures. Spend the week learning the ins and outs of generating one-of-a-kind creations.
MondayJuly 27
Fairytales and Fables
Ages 4-7
9:00 a.m. - Noon
Fairytales and FablesAges 4-7
Hear ye! Hear ye! Come and discover art and stories from classic and modern tales. In the studio, tell your own stories through drawing, painting, and more.
Project Runway: MOD Edition
Ages 13-18
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Project Runway: MOD Edition Ages 13-18
Experiment with traditional and alternative printmaking techniques including silkscreen. View original prints in the CMA’s exhibition From Marilyn to Mao: Andy Warhol’s Famous Faces and then take that inspiration straight to the studios.
MondayAugust 3
Insta-Art
Ages 8-12
9:00 a.m. - Noon
Insta-ArtAges 8-12
Come learn how to use your tablet as your own personal canvas. Experiment with photo editing and stop-action filming through fun and innovative apps. Tablet required.
Cartooning Creatures
Ages 8-12
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Cartooning CreaturesAges 8-12
Let your imagination run wild as you make fun and creative cartoon creatures. Spend the week learning the ins and outs of generating one-of-a-kind creations.
MondayAugust 10
Red, Yellow, Blue and YOU!
Ages 4-7
9:00 a.m. - Noon
Red, Yellow, Blue and YOU!Ages 4-7
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.
Form vs. Function
Ages 8-12
9:00 a.m.- Noon
Form vs. FunctionAges 8-12
Discover a variety of objects in the CMA collection that were made to be both beautiful and useful. Then make three-dimensional and mixed media works of your own.