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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WednesdayMay 7
Gladys' Gang: Chihuly's Fire 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.Gladys
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, warmer… 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!
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    Cost:

  • FREE
    Registration required as space is limited
  • Ages:

  • 2-5
SundayMay 11
Passport to Art: Spinning Fast!Noon - 3:00 p.m.Passport to Art: Spinning Fast!
Learn about thaumatropes as you make one in this FREE monthly open studio program for families. Enjoy a themed family tour at 1:00pm, or take a self-guided tour of the Museum.

    Cost:

  • Free
WednesdayJune 4
Gladys' Gang: Let the Fur Fly!10:00 - 11:00 a.m.Gladys
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.
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    Cost:

  • FREE
    Registration required as space is limited
  • Ages:

  • 2-5
MondayJune 16
Summer Camp!
What's Your Story?
9 a.m. - Noon
Summer Camp!What
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!
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    Cost:

  • $160 / $128 for Dual/Family Members and above.
  • Ages:

  • Ages 8 - 12
Summer Camp!
Gladys' Time Travelers
9 a.m. - Noon
Summer Camp!Gladys
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.
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    Cost:

  • $135 / $108 for Dual/Family Members and above
  • Ages:

  • Ages 4 - 7
Summer Camp!
CMA TEEN ACADEMY: Drawing 101
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Summer Camp!CMA TEEN ACADEMY: Drawing 101
Explore drawing in a variety of different mediums. Topics include a live clothed model, traditional human proportions, perspective, and still-life.
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    Cost:

  • $190 / $152 for Dual/Family Members and above.
  • Ages:

  • Ages 13 - 18
MondayJune 23
Summer Camp!
Camp Half-Blood (A Percy Jackson Adventure)
9 a.m. - Noon
Summer Camp!Camp Half-Blood (A Percy Jackson Adventure)
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.
    Register

    Cost:

  • $160 / $128 for Dual/Family Members and above.
  • Ages:

  • Ages 8 - 12
Summer Camp!
Symphonic Safari
9 a.m. - Noon
Summer Camp!Symphonic Safari
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.
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    Cost:

  • $135 / $108 for Dual/Family Members and above.
  • Ages:

  • Ages 4 - 7
Summer Camp!
CMA TEEN ACADEMY: Wearable
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Summer Camp!CMA TEEN ACADEMY: Wearable
Explore contemporary and traditional techniques and materials in jewelry making, textiles, and clay as wearable art in this fine craft studio course.
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    Cost:

  • $190 / $152 for Dual/Family Members and above.
  • Ages:

  • Ages 13 - 18
Summer Camp!
Walk Like an Egyptian
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Summer Camp!Walk Like an Egyptian
Learn to walk like an Egyptian all around the CMA galleries! Crack the Pharaoh's code and create your own papyrus scroll.
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    Cost:

  • $160 / $128 for Dual/Family Members and above.
  • Ages:

  • Ages 8 - 12
MondayJuly 7
Summer Camp!
Cartooning Creatures
9 a.m. - Noon
Summer Camp!Cartooning Creatures
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!
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    Cost:

  • $160 / $128 for Dual/Family Members and above.
  • Ages:

  • Ages 8 - 12
Summer Camp!
Go Gladys Green!
9 a.m. - Noon
Summer Camp!Go Gladys Green!
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.
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    Cost:

  • $135 / $108 for Dual/Family Members and above
  • Ages:

  • Ages 4 - 7
Summer Camp!
CMA TEEN ACADEMY: Sculpting with Clay 101
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Summer Camp!CMA TEEN ACADEMY: Sculpting with Clay 101
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.
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    Cost:

  • $190 / $152 for Dual/Family Members and above.
  • Ages:

  • Ages 13 - 18
Summer Camp!
Heroes and Villains
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Summer Camp!Heroes and Villains
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.
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    Cost:

  • $160 / $128 for Dual/Family Members and above.
  • Ages:

  • Ages 8 - 12
WednesdayJuly 9
Gladys' Gang: Red, White, Blue and You! 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.Gladys
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!
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    Cost:

  • FREE
    Registration required as space is limited
  • Ages:

  • 2-5
MondayJuly 14
Summer Camp!
Re-Purposed
9 a.m. - Noon
Summer Camp!Re-Purposed
Find inspiration by incorporating recycled and found materials into your art, exploring both 2D and 3D techniques.
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    Cost:

  • $160 / $128 for Dual/Family Members and above.
  • Ages:

  • Ages 8 - 12
Summer Camp!
Photography
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Summer Camp!Photography
Join us for an exploration in imagery and learn a variety of photography and transfer techniques.
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    Cost:

  • $160 / $128 for Dual/Family Members and above.
  • Ages:

  • Ages 8 - 12
MondayJuly 21
Summer Camp!
Camp Half-Blood (A Percy Jackson Adventure)
9 a.m. - Noon
Summer Camp!Camp Half-Blood (A Percy Jackson Adventure)
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.
    Register

    Cost:

  • $160 / $128 for Dual/Family Members and above.
  • Ages:

  • Ages 8 - 12
Summer Camp!
CMA TEEN ACADEMY: Urban Printmaking
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Summer Camp!CMA TEEN ACADEMY: Urban Printmaking
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.
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    Cost:

  • $190 / $152 for Dual/Family Members and above.
  • Ages:

  • Ages 13 - 18
Summer Camp!
Creative in Clay
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Summer Camp!Creative in Clay
Go on an artful animal safari all around the Museum—sketching, painting, and forming zoomorphic masterpieces.
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    Cost:

  • $160 / $128 for Dual/Family Members and above.
  • Ages:

  • Ages 8 - 12
MondayJuly 28
Summer Camp!
Wild Wild West
9 a.m. - Noon
Summer Camp!Wild Wild West
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.
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    Cost:

  • $135 / $108 for Dual/Family Members and above
  • Ages:

  • Ages 4 - 7
Summer Camp!
Pop-Op-Art
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Summer Camp!Pop-Op-Art
Explore the Pop and Optical Art genres through a variety of materials and techniques.
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    Cost:

  • $160 / $128 for Dual/Family Members and above.
  • Ages:

  • Ages 8 - 12
Summer Camp!
Art Avengers
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Summer Camp!Art Avengers
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.
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    Cost:

  • $160 / $128 for Dual/Family Members and above.
  • Ages:

  • Ages 8 - 12
MondayAugust 4
Summer Camp!
Fins, Feathers, and Fur
9 a.m. - Noon
Summer Camp!Fins, Feathers, and Fur
Draw, paint, and print all of the amazing creatures on exhibit at the CMA!
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    Cost:

  • $160 / $128 for Dual/Family Members and above
  • Ages:

  • Ages 8 - 12
Summer Camp!
The ABCs of Art
9 a.m. - Noon
Summer Camp!The ABCs of Art
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.
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    Cost:

  • $135 / $108 for Dual/Family Members and above
  • Ages:

  • Ages 4 - 7
Summer Camp!
Project FUNway Re-mix
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Summer Camp!Project FUNway Re-mix
Design and create fashion accessories with a variety of simple and fun techniques. The final day of camp features a fashion show!
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    Cost:

  • $160 / $128 for Dual/Family Members and above.
  • Ages:

  • Ages 8 - 12
WednesdayAugust 6
Gladys' Gang: Patterned Mosaics10:00 - 11:00 a.m.Gladys
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!
    Register

    Cost:

  • FREE
    Registration required as space is limited
  • Ages:

  • 2-5
MondayAugust 11
Summer Camp!
Mythological Monsters
9 a.m. - Noon
Summer Camp!Mythological Monsters
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.
    Register

    Cost:

  • $135 / $108 for Dual/Family Members and above
  • Ages:

  • Ages 4 - 7
Summer Camp!
Go BIG
9 a.m. - Noon
Summer Camp!Go BIG
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!
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    Cost:

  • $160 / $128 for Dual/Family Members and above.
  • Ages:

  • Ages 8 - 12