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The Museum is our inspiration. Summer art classes for children at Albuquerque Museum. Summer class registration opens March 15.

Museum School Summer 2017 (June & July)

Art classes for children ages 4 to 12. Make the Museum your summer classroom.

No registration by telephone is accepted.

Adventures in Art! Aages 4-5 • $60* (Registration limited to one class per child)
Fridays, 10-11:30 a.m. or 1-2:30 p.m.

June 2, 9, 16, 23
Journey around the World
Explore the cultures of Sweden, Scotland, Italy and Greece through sight, sound, taste and play. Investigate early toys of each country from game pieces to pull toys and gain inspiration for making your own. Construct a new toy each day by using clay, paper, wood, acrylic and ink. Instructor: Kimberly Humphries

July 7, 14, 21, 28
From Dot to Line
Explore the basic elements of art through games and play. Draw with your eyes closed, paint upside down, and turn a blob into a creature! Cut, tear and glue paper and generally have a ball with shapes and color. Instructor: Micaela Seidel

Youth Studio, Ages 6-10 and 8-12 • $65*
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. or 1-3 p.m.

June 6, 7, 8
Lights! Camera! APP-tion! Digital Storytelling (Ages 8-12)
Join us for an APP-solutely fantastic week of movie-making, as we explore the power of storytelling through digital media. Learn the behind-the-scenes process to create engaging stories you can easily share with an audience, from scripts to costumes, soundtracks to green screens. No experience necessary; devices will be provided for participants. Are you ready for your close-up? Instructor: Diane Thomas

June 13, 14, 15
Fabulous Fiber Clay (Ages 6-10)
Explore the Museum galleries to gain inspiration from works by living Native American artists. The dazzling designs and layered surfaces of these artworks that are made on paper will be the inspiration for our own creations using fabulous fiber clay. Instructor: Kimberly Humphries

June 20, 21, 22
Steampunk Story (Ages 6-10)
Create a surreal fantasy story complete with a treasure map, flying machines and mechanical insects. Our creations, made from old -fashioned pen and ink drawings, clay, and repurposed machine parts, will be inspired by the Victorian elegance and steam-engine machinery of steampunk. Instructor: Ophelia Adelai Cornet

June 27, 28, 29
Painting Play (Ages 6-10)
If you enjoy painting, this is your class. Get playful with spontaneous and intuitive painting techniques. This class will encourage artistic risk taking, painting with your eyes closed, and celebrating the surprises that arise on the paper! Instructor: Ophelia Adelai Cornet

July 11, 12, 13
Walk like an Egyptian (Ages 6-10)
Explore the mystery and beauty of ancient Egypt through engaging art project. Create stylish kites, mummies, landscapes and jewelry inspired by ancient design. Instructor: Ophelia Adelai Cornet

July 18, 19, 20
Fantasy Figures (Ages 6-10)
Join a parade of color and texture inspired by artworks from costumes, to collage, and Mexican folk animal sculptures. Your mixed media creations will include 2D and 3D paper mosaics, collage and wire figures. Instructor: Micaela Seidel

July 25, 26, 27
What’s in the World? (Ages 6-10)
Take a journey outdoors to discover pattern and texture in rocks, plants and the built environment. Your discoveries will result the creation of a treasure scroll map and an accordion-style pocket journal to house your thoughts, creations and finds from your week at the museum! Instructor: Micaela Seidel

* Museum members receive a 10 percent discount


Ophelia Adelai Cornet is head art teacher and summer art coordinator at the museum. She is forever inspired and delighted by her young art students’ spontaneity and talent. Her teaching is complemented by her love of painting as well as ceramics, design, gardening and travel.

Diane Thomas is a veteran film and media teacher for K-12 and beyond who has championed Educational Technologies in Albuquerque Public Schools for nearly two decades. A Certified Apple Foundations Trainer, Ms. Thomas has extensive experience working with young people to help tell their stories using innovative 21st Century tools and techniques. She believes that the learning journey is its own best reward, and brings enthusiasm and energy to the storytelling process.

Kimberly Humphries holds a B.F.A. in ceramics from Tyler School of Art. She is committed to sharing art with children to expand their self-expression, confidence and individuality. She is currently an assistant and teacher at Albuquerque Museum and is also working with students at Dolores Gonzales Elementary to create a large clay mural at the school. She also enjoys playing the piano, hiking and family time.

Micaela Seidel is an experienced visual and teaching artist who works at multiple community venues in Albuquerque. She works with children of all ages to banish their fears of making art. In her work she also seeks to foster awareness of the interconnection of all creation. Micaela’s main artistic interests are book, paper and the print arts.

Museum School Winter Weather Policy

Please note that Museum cancels classes if the Albuquerque Public Schools (city wide) are closed. When Albuquerque Public Schools are on a two hour delay, Museum School classes will start one hour later. If the Museum cancels a class due to weather or illness, a make- up class date will be provided.

Albuquerque Museum seeks to enhance children's artistic and cultural development through year-round classes and workshops in art and history. Classes for all ages from preschool to seniors are offered at nominal fees so that they are available to all.