Classes
Explore creativity

Art classes for ages 3 and up combine looking at art and making art. Personalize your experience with a variety of programs.

SUMMER CLASSES
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SCHOLARSHIPS
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Adult Class

Teacher Workshop: Talking About Race & Identity with Contemporary Art

June 10 & 11 | Engage with works of art featured in the exhibition 30 Americans as you build a foundation for addressing race, identity, bias, and equity in the classroom.
June 10-11
Starts 06/10/19 9:00am
Ends 06/11/19 3:00pm
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Adult Class

Adult Class | Pastels: How's the Weather?

Explore depicting weather related phenomena in landscape art working with pastels.
Tuesday-Friday
Starts 06/11/19 1:00pm
Ends 06/14/19 3:30pm
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Adult Class

Adult Class | Get Started with Acrylics

Develop your skills working with acrylic paint, including color mixing, use of value, layering and brushstroke.
Thursdays
Starts 06/13/19 6:00pm
Ends 07/11/19 8:30pm
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Youth Class

Adult/Youth Workshop | Clay: Combination Creatures

See incredible American Indian masks that combine various animal characteristics. After gathering ideas, create a clay relief sculpture of your own mythical combination animal.
Thursday
Starts 06/13/19 6:30pm
Ends 06/13/19 8:30pm
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Adult Class

Adult Workshop | Perspective in Drawing

Visit museum galleries to learn how how artists have used techniques to create the illusion of space. Students will create both a drawing as well as a print using a foam plate process during the workshop.
Saturday
Starts 06/15/19 10:00am
Ends 06/15/19 4:00pm
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Youth Class

Youth Class | Create With Paint!

Students will visit galleries and practice mixing colors and using the brush to create different paintings.
Tuesday-Friday
Starts 06/18/19 10:00am
Ends 06/21/19 12:00pm
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Youth Class

Youth Class | Set the Stage

Create characters and a three-dimensional stage set to put on your own play! Visit the galleries to see art that tells a story with interesting people and memorable places.
Tuesday-Friday
Starts 06/18/19 10:00am
Ends 06/21/19 12:00pm
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Youth Class

Youth Class | Cats & Dogs

Work with a variety of materials to create drawings, paintings and sculptures of our favorite furry friends.
Tuesday-Friday
Starts 06/18/19 10:00am
Ends 06/21/19 12:00pm
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Youth Class

Youth Class | Imagine It in Clay

Two Weeks, Tuesday-Friday
Starts 06/18/19 10:00am
Ends 06/28/19 12:00pm
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Youth Class

Youth Two-Week Class | Drawing, Painting & Printmaking

Ages 9-13 | Work with graphite, charcoal, watercolor, tempera and inks to explore the fundamentals of drawing, painting and printmaking.
Two Weeks, Tuesday-Friday
Starts 06/18/19 10:00am
Ends 06/28/19 12:00pm
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Youth Class

Youth Class | Set the Stage

Create characters and a three-dimensional stage set to put on your own play.
Tuesday-Friday
Starts 06/18/19 1:30pm
Ends 06/21/19 3:30pm
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Youth Class

Youth Two-Week Class | Drawing, Painting & Printmaking

Ages 7-9 | Work with graphite, charcoal, watercolor, tempera and inks to explore the fundamentals of drawing, painting and printmaking.
Two Weeks, Tuesday-Friday
Starts 06/18/19 1:30pm
Ends 06/28/19 3:30pm
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Youth Class

Youth Class | Telling Tales

Visit the galleries to see artwork that will inspire you to develop original stories expressed through your own unique drawings, paintings and prints.
Tuesday-Friday
Starts 06/18/19 1:30pm
Ends 06/21/19 3:30pm
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Youth Class

Youth Two-Week Class | Imagine It in Clay

Explore a variety of hand-building processes to create forms in clay and experiment with various surface treatments.
Two Weeks, Tuesday-Friday
Starts 06/18/19 1:30pm
Ends 06/28/19 3:30pm
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Youth Class

Youth Class | Cats & Dogs

Work with a variety of materials to create drawings, paintings and sculptures of our favorite furry friends.
Tuesday-Friday
Starts 06/18/19 1:30pm
Ends 06/21/19 3:30pm
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Youth Class

Youth Class | Up, Down & All Around

Search in the galleries for all kinds of sculpture and create your own three-dimensional art.
Tuesday-Friday
Starts 06/25/19 10:00am
Ends 06/28/19 12:00pm
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Youth Class

Adult/Youth Class | Creative Duets

Explore the museum galleries and the ABC’s of art together.
Tuesday-Friday
Starts 06/25/19 10:00am
Ends 06/28/19 12:00pm
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Youth Class

Youth Class | Drawing: Let's Imagine

Search the galleries for make-believe creatures, places and people as inspiration to develop your own drawings.
Tuesday-Friday
Starts 06/25/19 10:00am
Ends 06/28/19 12:00pm
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Adult Class

Teen/Adult Class | Digital Photography: In Focus

Learn the basics of digital photography and explore how to capture great images.
Tuesday-Friday
Starts 06/25/19 10:00am
Ends 06/28/19 12:00pm
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Youth Class

Youth Class | Good Luck Dragons

Discover the mythical dragon in the Chinese and Japanese galleries.
Tuesday-Friday
Starts 06/25/19 1:30pm
Ends 06/28/19 3:30pm
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Youth Class

Youth Class | Drawing: Let's Imagine

Ages 6-8 | Search the galleries for make-believe creatures, places and people as inspiration to develop your own drawings.
Tuesday-Friday
Starts 06/25/19 1:30pm
Ends 06/28/19 3:30pm
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Teen Class

Teen Class | Drawing: A Surreal World

Work with a variety of drawing media such as pen and ink, graphite and charcoal to make images that represent the fantastic and unreal.
Tuesday-Friday
Starts 06/25/19 1:30pm
Ends 06/28/19 4:00pm
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Youth Class

Youth Workshop | Curious Creatures

Go on a hunt for make believe animals in the galleries and create an imaginary creature mask.
Saturday
Starts 06/29/19 10:00am
Ends 06/29/19 12:00pm
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Youth Class

Youth Workshop | Magic Machines

Think about “yet to be invented” machines and transform found objects into your own sculpture of an imaginary machine.
Saturday
Starts 06/29/19 10:00am
Ends 06/29/19 12:00pm
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Youth Class

Youth Workshop | Simply Surreal

Visit the galleries to see and talk about Surrealism, a style of art influenced by dreams and the subconscious mind. Then create mono-prints that depict your own unusual combinations of an unreal “reality.”
Saturday
Starts 06/29/19 10:00am
Ends 06/29/19 12:00pm
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Teen Class

Teen Workshop | Create with Ink: Paint & Print

Students will explore printmaking techniques and the art of traditional Chinese brushwork painting.
Saturday
Starts 06/29/19 10:00am
Ends 06/29/19 2:00pm
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Youth Class

Youth Class | Storybook Art

Listen to favorite books about color, line, shape, patterns and more in the galleries, then create art related to stories.
Tuesday-Friday
Starts 07/09/19 10:00am
Ends 07/12/19 12:00pm
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Youth Class

Youth Class | Monsters to Mermaids

Use your imagination to draw, paint and sculpt “make-believe” creatures.
Tuesday-Friday
Starts 07/09/19 10:00am
Ends 07/12/19 12:00pm
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Youth Class

Youth Class | Fantastic Worlds

Create your own drawings, paintings and sculpture of amazing and make-believe worlds.
Tuesday-Friday
Starts 07/09/19 10:00am
Ends 07/12/19 12:00pm
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Youth Class

Youth Class | Cartooning: The Art of "Cat-ooning"

Come look at the most famous cats in the world and be inspired to draw your own in cartoons.
Tuesday-Friday
Starts 07/09/19 10:00am
Ends 07/12/19 12:00pm
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Youth Class

Youth Class | Patterns and Textiles

Work with paints, dyes and printmaking techniques to create patterns and designs on a variety of fabrics.
Tuesday-Friday
Starts 07/09/19 10:00am
Ends 07/12/19 12:00pm
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Youth Class

Youth Class | Monsters to Mermaids

Use your imagination to draw, paint and sculpt “make-believe” creatures.
Tuesday-Friday
Starts 07/09/19 1:30pm
Ends 07/12/19 3:30pm
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Youth Class

Youth Class | Patterns & Textiles

Work with paints, dyes and printmaking techniques to create patterns and designs on a variety of fabrics.
Tuesday-Friday
Starts 07/09/19 1:30pm
Ends 07/12/19 3:30pm
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Youth Class

Youth Class | Art by Accident?

Time to experiment! Try making art that begins with something beyond your control and use your creativity and imagination to transform the “accident” into unique drawings, paintings and prints.
Tuesday-Friday
Starts 07/09/19 1:30pm
Ends 07/12/19 3:30pm
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Youth Class

Youth Class | Fantastic Worlds

Take a look at art based on fantasy or fiction including the exhibition Expedition to the ChimaCloud.
Tuesday-Friday
Starts 07/09/19 1:30pm
Ends 07/12/19 3:30pm
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Adult Class

Adult Class | Painting: The Art of Pattern

See gorgeous and amazing patterns from around the globe and work with acrylic and tempera paints.
Tuesday-Friday
Starts 07/09/19 1:30pm
Ends 07/12/19 4:00pm
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Adult Class

Adult Class | Our Layered Identity: A Mixed Media Workshop

In conjunction with the featured exhibition 30 Americans, this mixed media workshop explores our individual history and layered identity, by combining process, material and concepts.
Saturdays
Starts 07/13/19 10:00am
Ends 07/20/19 2:00pm
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Youth Class

Youth Full-Day Camp | Sun, Sky & Sculpture!

An amazing “outdoor classroom” awaits on the lawn of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art – the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park.
Monday-Friday
Starts 07/15/19 9:00am
Ends 07/19/19 4:00pm
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Youth Class

Youth Full-Day Camp | 3D Design & Printing

Learn the basics of how to create 3D models using simple computer aided design (CAD) software.
Monday-Friday
Starts 07/15/19 9:00am
Ends 07/19/19 4:00pm
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Adult Class

Adult Class | Color & Light

Experiment with drawing and painting as you explore the Bloch Galleries of European Art. Studio processes will focus on working with color, light and mark-making using nature and landscape as the subject matter.
Tuesday-Friday
Starts 07/16/19 10:00am
Ends 07/19/19 12:30pm
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Adult Class

Adult Class | Water Painting: Flying Brush, Dancing Ink

This class explores the techniques of painting and calligraphy.
Tuesday-Friday
Starts 07/16/19 1:30pm
Ends 07/19/19 4:00pm
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Youth Class

Youth Workshop | Things with Wings

Imagine what it would be like to fly! Take flight through the galleries to see all types of creatures with wings and create your own fantastic flying animal.
Saturday
Starts 07/20/19 10:00am
Ends 07/20/19 12:00pm
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Youth Class

Youth Workshop | Dragons Await

Search for mythical dragons in Chinese and Japanese art and design a three-dimensional dragon sculpture.
Saturday
Starts 07/20/19 10:00am
Ends 07/20/19 12:00pm
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Youth Class

Youth Workshop | Out of This World

Visit the multi-media exhibition Expedition to the ChimaCloud, which tells the story of an alternative fantasy universe. Then create mixed-media drawings based on digital projections and fueled by your imagination.
Saturday
Starts 07/20/19 10:00am
Ends 07/20/19 12:00pm
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Youth Class

Youth Full-Day Camp | The Art of Imagination

Learn about Surrealism, play games invented by Surrealist artists and create your own drawings, paintings and sculpture about imaginary people, places, and things.
Monday-Friday
Starts 07/22/19 9:00am
Ends 07/26/19 4:00pm
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Youth Class

Youth Full-Day Camp | Cartoon & Animation: Imaginative Thinking

Jump-start your imagination and day-dreams and up pop funny fantasies to draw. Create funny characters by drawing eyes, ears and noses on basic shapes like pancakes, squares, snowflakes and clams!
Monday-Friday
Starts 07/22/19 9:00am
Ends 07/26/19 4:00pm
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Adult Class

Teen/Adult Class | Printmaking: One of a Kind

Create mono-prints – or single, printed images – as you experiment with using an acetate sheet as the printing plate.
Tuesday-Friday
Starts 07/23/19 1:30pm
Ends 07/26/19 4:00pm
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Youth Class

Adult/Youth Workshop | Fantasy Lands

Visit the modern and contemporary galleries to see the museum’s collection of Surrealist landscape paintings full of mysterious, strange forms. Create your own vision of a dream-like mythical world using drawing, painting and collage.
Thursday
Starts 07/25/19 6:30pm
Ends 07/25/19 8:30pm
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Youth Class

Youth Full-Day Camp | Expedition to Ancient Egypt

See and learn about art in the galleries made for the afterlife and create a variety of drawings, paintings, sculpture and mixed-media artwork inspired by these tomb treasures.
Monday-Friday
Starts 07/29/19 9:00am
Ends 08/02/19 4:00pm
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Youth Class

Youth Full-Day Camp | Cartoon & Animation: Fantastic Fun with Walt Disney

Come imagine and create funny fantasy cartoons including your hand drawn and iStopMotion animations, iMovie voice over narrations and music.
Monday-Friday
Starts 07/29/19 9:00am
Ends 08/02/19 4:00pm
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Youth Class

Youth Class | Look Out for Lines!

Look for and learn all about lines and discover how you can use them in a variety of art processes.
Tuesday-Friday
Starts 07/30/19 10:00am
Ends 08/02/19 12:00pm
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Youth Class

Youth Class | Join the Circus

Step into the whimsical world of Alexander Calder and design your own miniature three-dimensional circus.
Tuesday-Friday
Starts 07/30/19 10:00am
Ends 08/02/19 12:00pm
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Youth Class

Youth Class | Drawing: Amazing Beasts!

Visit the museum galleries each day to locate all sorts of mythical beasts in art.
Tuesday
Starts 07/30/19 10:00am
Ends 08/02/19 12:00pm
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Youth Class

Youth Class | Undersea Adventures

Dream up your own undersea world and create drawings, paintings and sculpture about it.
Tuesday-Friday
Starts 07/30/19 1:30pm
Ends 08/02/19 3:30pm
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Youth Class

Youth Class | Drawing: Amazing Beasts!

Visit the museum galleries each day to locate all sorts of mythical beasts in art.
Tuesday-Friday
Starts 07/30/19 1:30pm
Ends 08/02/19 3:30pm
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Adult Class

Adult Class | Awash in Watercolor

For beginning and experienced painters alike, this watercolor class will develop your skills to paint water in all three of its forms.
Tuesday-Friday
Starts 07/30/19 1:30pm
Ends 08/02/19 4:00pm
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Youth Class

Youth Class | Join the Circus

Step into the whimsical world of Alexander Calder and design your own miniature three-dimensional circus.
Tuesday-Friday
Starts 07/30/19 1:30pm
Ends 08/02/19 3:30pm
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