ART classes and Programs FOR CHILDREN

The Appleton offers a full schedule of classes and workshops for children throughout the year, in addition to Summer Art Camp. For questions concerning clases and workshops for children, please click here.

2017 Schedule

Art Camp

2017 Summer Art Camp
Registration begins April 3

Get ready for another creative summer at the Appleton Museum of Art! Immerse your children in an artful environment by enrolling them in any of our unique and fun camps. This year we are offering 14 one-week camps for ages 4 and older, and a two-week pottery camp for teens.

Open enrollment begins April 3; click here for the complete camp schedule and other need-to-know information.

Art Space

Daniel and Mary B. Kraus ARTSpace
Open to Everyone!

The ARTSpace is designed to engage adults and children in hands-on art experiences through colorful activity stations and projects that relate to the understanding of art. Make a mosaic with magnets, build with Lego® or draw on our glass wall — there's something for every age and ability!

ARTSpace Hours:
Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sundays, noon–5 p.m.
The ARTSpace and all supplies are free for children and Appleton members, and included in the cost of admission for adult nonmembers. For more information, contact Mary Moore, 352-291-4455, ext. 1613.

After School

Art Explorations
Five-Week Sessions on Tuesdays, 3-4:30 p.m.

Art Explorations are five-week sessions for ages 7-12, each focusing on a different medium and theme. Cost per five-week session is $75 for Appleton members; $100 for nonmembers.

Upcoming Classes:
Classes will resume fall 2017

First Saturday

First Saturdays
Every First Saturday, September-May, 1-3 p.m.

Have family fun in the Appleton's ARTSpace! Join us on the first Saturday of each month from 1-3 p.m. for age-appropriate art making for children ages 4 and older. Adults are welcome to participate. Each First Saturday art activity will focus on a different artist. Free for members and children; included in the cost of admission for adult nonmembers.

Upcoming First Saturdays:
First Saturdays will resume September 2017

Half Day

Half-Day Happenings
On Marion County Public School Early Release Day, 1:30-3 p.m.

Half-day Happenings are a perfect way to spend Marion County Public School Early Release Days — and a great way to discover the Appleton! Pick up an "assignment" at the front desk, enjoy the exhibitions, then visit the ARTSpace for a fun, hands-on art-making experience. Free for members and children; included in the cost of admission for adult nonmembers.

Upcoming Half-day Happenings:
Half-day Happenings will resume in the 2017-2018 school year

Arty Parties

Bring a group of friends, celebrate a birthday or host a team-building workshop. The education staff will work with you to provide a creative, hands-on experience, appropriate for any occasion. Children's themed birthdays include printable party invitations and ARTy Party bags.

Arty Parties include
  • Admission to the museum for up to 15 children
  • Exclusive use of the ARTSpace for two hours
  • Museum staff as party host
  • Printable party invitations
  • Age appropriate hands-on art activity
  • Appleton ARTy Party bags
  • Event clean up
    ARTy Party Themes

    Canvas Masterpiece
    Put your canvas on an easel and paint like a master. Choose an artist you would like to learn about and get inspired. Paint an original worthy of framing! Choose ONE artist for your party: Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, Jackson Pollock, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse or Georgia O'Keeffe.

    Museum Experience
    Tour the African or Asian galleries and then create a work of art inspired by our collection. Color and decorate your own African mask or paint an Asian scroll, lantern or fan.

    ARTy PARTY Fee

    Members: $250, Nonmembers: $300

  • Fee includes up to 15 children
  • Additional children or adults may be added at $20 per person
  • There is no additional charge for art supplies or materials
  • Families are responsible for providing cake, beverages, decorations and all paper products
  • Ice cream, homemade products, balloons and flowers are not allowed at ARTy Parties
  • A 50% deposit is due within 7 days of making a reservation and payment in-full is due one week prior to the date of the party.

  • To Book your ARTy Party

    ARTy Party scheduling is subject to availability. Please provide 3-4 weeks advance notice when scheduling a party. To reserve your ARTy Party or for more information, contact Marie Fielding or call 352-291-4455, ext. 5039.