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.

POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
Information about enrollment procedures and class policies.

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SCHOLARSHIPS
Available for youth and adults with a financial need.

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Adult Class

Adult Class | Textiles & Patterns

Members (Family level & above) enroll Nov. 19-Dec. 2 Dying fabrics, hand carving stamps and stencils to create an embellished project.
Thursday
Starts 01/24/19 1:00pm
Ends 03/12/19 3:30pm
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Adult Class

Adult Class | Printmaking: Creative Collagraphs

Members (Family level & above) enroll Nov. 19-Dec. 2 Explore a printmaking technique and collage process.
Saturday
Starts 02/02/19 10:00am
Ends 03/09/19 12:30pm
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Adult Class

Adult Class | Waxing Poetic: Drawing & Writing about Art

Members (Family level & above) enroll Nov. 19-Dec. 2 Looking at works of art through writing and drawing processes. All skill levels welcome.
Sunday
Starts 02/03/19 1:30pm
Ends 03/03/19 3:30pm
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Adult Class

Adult Class | Relating to Art

Thursday
Starts 02/14/19 6:00pm
Ends 02/14/19 8:00pm
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Adult Class
[Sold Out]

Adult Class | Pastels: Explore Shadows

SOLD OUT Students will paint a pastel landscape from their own reference photo.
Friday
Starts 02/15/19 1:00pm
Ends 02/15/19 4:00pm
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Adult/Youth Class
[Ages 6-13 with adult]

Adult/Youth Workshop | Power Portraits

Members (Family level & above) enroll Nov. 19-Dec. 2 Learn about portraits in our Napoleon exhibition, then make your own Emperor or Empress painting.
Friday
Starts 02/15/19 6:30pm
Ends 02/15/19 8:30pm
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Girl Scouts Class
[Grades 4-6]

Girl Scouts | Jewelry

Nov 11, 2018 - SOLD OUT Girl Scouts discover jewelry from ancient to modern times in the galleries and make their own pendant necklace.
Sunday
Starts 02/24/19 1:00pm
Ends 02/24/19 3:00pm
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Girl Scouts Class
[Grades 6-10]

Girl Scouts | Sew Creative Circuits

Nov. 11 class is SOLD OUT Girl Scouts explore the galleries looking at jewelry design from ancient to modern times. Using simple circuitry, they add LED lights to their jewelry creation.
Sunday
Starts 02/24/19 1:00pm
Ends 02/24/18 3:00pm
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Adult/Youth Class
[Ages 7-13 with adult]

Adult/Youth Workshop | Regal Portraits in Clay

Members (Family level & above) enroll Nov. 19-Dec. 2 See decorative serving ware in our Napoleon exhibition then design your own clay platter.
Friday
Starts 03/01/19 6:30pm
Ends 03/01/19 8:30pm
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Girl Scouts Class
[Grades 2-3]

Girl Scouts | Painting

March 31, 2019 - SOLD OUT Girl Scouts tour the galleries discovering various painting techniques and styles and then create a painting of their own.
Sunday
Starts 03/10/19 1:00pm
Ends 03/10/19 3:00pm
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Girl Scouts Class
[Sold Out]

Girl Scouts | Drawing

SOLD OUT Girl Scouts enjoy sketching in the galleries as they explore various works of art and then create their own drawing.
Sunday
Starts 03/10/19 1:00pm
Ends 03/10/19 3:00pm
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Adult Class

Adult Class | Relating to Art

Thursday
Starts 03/14/19 6:00pm
Ends 03/14/19 8:00pm
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Adult/Youth Class
[Ages 7-13 with adult]

Adult/Youth Workshop | Woof! Dog Teapots

Visit the galleries to see all sorts of dogs in painting and sculpture and create a teapot in clay representing everyone’s “best friend."
Friday
Starts 03/29/19 6:30pm
Ends 03/29/19 8:30pm
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Youth Class
[Ages 3-4]

Youth Class | Start in Art

Young children explore art concepts by working with paint, collage and clay. Students should feel comfortable attending class without a parent or guardian.
Saturday
Starts 03/30/19 10:00am
Ends 05/18/19 11:30am
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Youth Class
[Ages 5-6]

Youth Class | The Nature of Art

Members (Family level & above) enroll January 21-February 3 Students experiment with a variety of art making processes as they investigate nature.
Saturdays
Starts 03/30/19 10:00am
Ends 05/18/19 12:00pm
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Youth Class
[Ages 6-8]

Youth Class | Ancient Explorers

Members (Family level & above) enroll January 21-February 3. Students create paintings, drawings, clay forms and mixed-media art that has a connection to Ancient Egypt, Greece and China.
Saturday
Starts 03/30/19 10:00am
Ends 05/18/19 12:00pm
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Youth Class
[Ages 7-9]

Youth Class | Sculpture: Thinking 3D

Members (Family level & above) enroll January 21-February 3. Students create three-dimensional forms in a variety of materials.
Saturdays
Starts 03/30/19 10:00am
Ends 05/18/19 12:00pm
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Youth Class
[Ages 9-13]

Youth Class | Drawing & Painting

Members (Family level & above) enroll January 21-February 3. Students will sketch from art in galleries with graphite, charcoal, watercolor, tempera and more to explore the fundamentals of drawing and painting.
Saturdays
Starts 03/30/19 10:00am
Ends 05/18/19 12:00pm
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Adult Class

Adult Class | Acrylics: The Natural World

Learn about color mixing and theory, brushstroke, composition, depicting space or distance and finding expressive qualities in your painting.
Saturday
Starts 03/30/19 10:00am
Ends 05/18/19 12:30pm
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Adult Class

Adult Class | Drawing Basics

Draw weekly from art in the galleries and develop your skills at looking closely and translating what you see onto the page in your own unique way.
Saturday
Starts 03/30/19 10:00am
Ends 05/18/19 12:00pm
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Youth Class
[Ages 9-13]

Youth Class | Sculpting in Clay

Members (Family level & above) enroll January 21-February 3. Develop skills at modeling three-dimensional figures and explore ways to combine clay with other materials, such as wood and wire, to create sculpture.
Saturdays
Starts 03/30/19 1:30pm
Ends 05/18/19 3:30pm
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Adult Class

Adult Class | Drawing & Printmaking

Sketch from art in our galleries and then develop your drawings into printed images.
Saturday
Starts 03/30/19 1:30pm
Ends 05/18/19 4:00pm
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Youth Class
[Ages 5-6]

Youth Class | The Nature of Art

Members (Family level & above) enroll January 21-February 3 Students experiment with a variety of art making processes as they investigate nature.
Saturdays
Starts 03/30/19 1:30pm
Ends 05/18/19 3:30pm
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Youth Class
[Ages 7-9]

Youth Class | Drawing & Painting

Members (Family level & above) enroll January 21-February 3. Students will sketch from art in galleries with graphite, charcoal, watercolor, tempera and more to explore the fundamentals of drawing and painting.
Saturdays
Starts 03/30/19 1:30pm
Ends 05/18/19 3:30pm
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Youth Class
[Ages 6-8]

Youth Class | Ancient Explorers

Members (Family level & above) enroll January 21-February 3. Students create paintings, drawings, clay forms and mixed-media art that has a connection to Ancient Egypt, Greece and China.
Saturday
Starts 03/30/19 1:30pm
Ends 03/30/19 3:30pm
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Girl Scouts Class
[Grades 2-3]

Girl Scouts | Painting

March 31, 2019 - SOLD OUT Girl Scouts tour the galleries discovering various painting techniques and styles and then create a painting of their own.
Sunday
Starts 03/31/19 1:00pm
Ends 03/31/19 3:00pm
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Girl Scouts Class
[Grades 2-3]

Girl Scouts | Clay Creations

SOLD OUT Explore clay works of art in the galleries and the ways in which they were created.
Sunday
Starts 03/31/19 1:00pm
Ends 03/31/19 3:00pm
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Adult Class

Adult Class | Watercolor: Landscape & Architecture

This watercolor class will give you direction and encouragement for painting buildings as well as textural qualities to enrich their composition.
Thursday
Starts 04/11/19 1:00pm
Ends 05/16/19 3:30pm
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Adult Class

Adult Class | Relating to Art

Thursday
Starts 04/11/19 6:00pm
Ends 04/11/19 8:00pm
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Adult Class

Adult Workshop | Ikebana: Flowers and Design

Learn the history behind Ikebana as well as basic techniques. All materials are provided and the arrangement you create is yours to take home.
Friday
Starts 04/12/19 10:00am
Ends 04/12/19 12:00pm
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Homeschool Class
[Sold Out]

Homeschool Days | Museum in the Making

Registration closed: SOLD OUT Discover some of the work happening behind-the-scenes at the Nelson-Atkins
Friday
Starts 04/19/19 10:00am
Ends 04/19/19 2:00pm
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Adult/Youth Class
[Ages 7-13 with adult]

Adult/Youth Workshop | Ikebana: Beautiful Flowers

Adult/child pair will learn about Ikebana, the Japanese art form that dates back over a thousand years, and then create and take home your own floral arrangement.
Friday
Starts 04/26/19 6:30pm
Ends 04/26/19 8:30pm
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Adult/Youth Class
[Ages 7-13 with adult]

Adult/Youth Workshop | Spring Blossoms

Visit the Japanese gallery to see art that celebrates nature and design your own clay platter based upon a floral pattern design.
Friday
Starts 05/10/19 6:30pm
Ends 05/10/19 8:30pm
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Youth Class

Youth Class | Create With Paint!

Members (Family level & above) enroll February 11-24. 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

Members (Family level & above) enroll February 11-24. 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

Members (Family level & above) enroll February 11-24. 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

Members (Family level & above) enroll February 11-24.
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

Members (Family level & above) enroll January 21-February 3 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 12:00pm
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Youth Class

Youth Class | Up, Down & All Around

Members (Family level & above) enroll February 11-24. 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

Members (Family level & above) enroll February 11-24. 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

Members (Family level & above) enroll February 11-24. Search the galleries for make-believe creatures, places and people as inspireation to develop your own drawings.
Tuesday-Friday
Starts 06/25/19 10:00am
Ends 06/28/19 12:00pm
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Youth Class

Youth Class | Storybook Art

Members (Family level & above) enroll February 11-24. 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

Members (Family level & above) enroll February 11-24. Use your imagination to draw, paint and sculpt “make-believe” creatures.
Tuesday
Starts 07/09/19 10:00am
Ends 07/12/19 12:00pm
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Youth Class

Youth Class | Monsters to Mermaids

Members (Family level & above) enroll February 11-24. 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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Adult Class

Adult Class | Relating to Art

Thursday
Starts 07/11/19 6:00pm
Ends 07/11/19 8:00pm
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Youth Class

Youth Class | Look Out for Lines!

Members (Family level & above) enroll February 11-24. 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

Members (Family level & above) enroll February 11-24. 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 | Undersea Adventures

Members (Family level & above) enroll February 11-24. 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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