Why not color outside the lines? In MCAD youth classes, kids are learning without realizing it; they are making, collaborating, playing, and experimenting in all types of mediums. As part of the most innovative and immersive studio-arts program in the Twin Cities, each class inspires kids’ self-expression, encourages creativity, and instills an excitement for learning. Classes are available for students ages 6–12.
Class themes include painting, bookmaking, animation, portraits, partnerships with the University of Minnesota Raptor Center and more!
Scholarships are available.
Both winter/spring and summer classes are now open for registration.
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Color is a powerful and exciting way for artists to express themselves. Explore the basics of color theory and color mixing to create personally expressive artworks in acrylic, watercolor, and mixed media. Ages 9–12
Clip and snip, crease and curl, mix and match, stick and attach! In this class, students exercise their imaginations and explore fun and fanciful 3-D paper collage techniques. Ages 6–9
Explore various styles and techniques of drawing beginning with the fundamentals of art elements most notable in drawing such as line, value, shape and form. Ages 9–12
In this class focused on handmade books, explore traditional and non-traditional book forms. Create books that pop out and up, become stage sets, hold treasures, are wearable, and so many more. Ages 9–12
If you love cats, this camp is pawsitively purrfect! Inspiration for our creations comes from famous artists such as Theophile Steinlen, Andy Warhol, Wanda Gag, Paul Klee, from Oaxacan wood carvings, and a trip to the Minneapolis Institute of Art to see works that feature felines. Ages 6–9
Dive into the world of insects! Create distinctive, colorful, and engaging bugs, beetles, and butterflies through drawing, painting, collage, printmaking and sculpture. Learn how naturalists and artists showcase insects and create an enchanting collection of creepy crawlers and beautiful bugs. Ages 9–12
Students create characters, set designs and stories as they learn how to use a variety of materials, clay, paper, everyday objects and their own body, to tell a story. Students are guided through the use of iPads and video editing software to produce animation shorts while exploring frame by frame techniques. Ages 9–12
Cats in capes, space girls and pandas with powers; comics allow a kid's imagination to come to life in images and words. Learn how to turn ideas into characters, design worlds and how body language and expressions are used to tell a story. Ages 6–9
Explore an expanded definition of comic artists to include everything from Egyptian hieroglyphics, to 19th century cartoonist Rodolphe Topffer, to Hilda Terry, a pioneering female comic artist. Ages 9–12
Painting is a tool for experimentation, expressionism and exploration in art by letting the processes guide the fun and creativity. In this class explore painting techniques, color theory, shapes and textures, while pushing the boundaries through discovery and questioning. Ages 6–9
Explore nature and create nature-inspired artworks in this class that combines the outdoor world with fun and creative projects. Ages 6–9
Hear ye hear ye! Explore the art and fantasy of medieval times with art projects that draw from the worlds of castles, knights, kings, queens, jousts, and more. Ages 9–12
Put your thinking cap on and become a problem solver in a class that encourages students to explore and innovate in a safe, inviting space. Learn and apply the Design Thinking process to design, develop and effectively prototype a product to solve a real world problem. Ages 9–12
Studio Kids is very excited to be partnering with the University of Minnesota’s Raptor Center this week! Each day of the week an Interpretive Naturalist from the Raptor Center introduces students to one or two raptors to observe, learn about, and draw. Ages 9–12
Studio Kids is very excited to be partnering with the University of Minnesota’s Raptor Center this week! Each day of the week an Interpretive Naturalist from the Raptor Center introduces students to one or two raptors to observe, learn about, and draw. Ages 6–9
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