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Museum School

Make the Museum your classroom. Class sizes are limited.

Registration for Winter/Spring Classes  

 

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* Museum members receive a 10 percent discount

No registration by telephone is accepted.

 

Details subject to change.

Additional Information:

  • Members receive a 10% discount. No multi child discounts available.
  • Due to the number of food allergies, no eating will be allowed in the classroom.
  • If your child needs accommodations to participate in the class, please let us know at least two (2) weeks in advance.
  • Refunds are available if requested at least two (2) weeks before the start date of class.
  • Museum School Winter Weather Policy: Please note that Museum cancels classes if the City of Albuquerque closes. When the City of Albuquerque is on a two hour delay, Museum School morning classes will begin 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.

 

 

Museum School Guide - What to Expect

Museum School Winter/Spring 2022 – Art classes for ages 3 to 14

Make the Museum Your Classroom!


PRESCHOOL ADVENTURES IN ART (Ages 3–6) $75

Classes for the young child and their grown up.

On a Journey with Blue

Wednesdays, January 5, 12, 19, 26, 2:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

How many ways can you make the color blue? In this class, children and their caregivers will mix, make, and create their own paint colors, inspired by blues found in and around our world. We will look closely at blue through the artists’ works from around the world found in the Indelible Blue: Indigo Across the Globe exhibit. Together we will explore the many meanings of the color blue through experimental color mixing, paint-making, and creating beautiful images with our discoveries. Limited to 5 students with their grown up.

Tangled Up in Blue

Wednesdays, February 2, 9, 16, 23, 2:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

What can you express with many shades of blue? Inspired by the Indelible Blue: Indigo Across the Globe exhibit, this class will present children and their caregivers with a range of blue fiber-based and collage materials. Through wrapping, tying, cutting, pasting, layering and sewing, together we will create multimedia artworks exploring relationships between many shades of blue. Limited to 5 students with their grown up.

Make an Impression

Wednesdays, March 2, 9, 16, 30, 2:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

What can printmaking processes reveal about the marks we make on a surface? Printmaking captures traces, memories, and impressions of mark-making. It also opens up possibilities to create multiples of an image. Inspired by Printers Proof: Artist and Printer Collaborations, children and their caregivers will explore a different printmaking process each week. We will accumulate a collection of images that record our adventures in printmaking. Limited to 5 students with their grown up.

Telling Our Stories: Portraits and Places

Wednesdays, April 6, 13, 20, 27, 2:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

How can an artwork tell stories about ourselves? Anchoring our explorations in the permanent collections exhibit Common Ground: Art in New Mexico, this class will invite children and their caregivers to use drawing, painting, collage and sculpture to tell their own stories that connect to a place. Limited to 5 students with their grown up.


YOUTH STUDIO (AGES 610) $60

Limited to 6 students
90-minute classes
4-week session
2 class sessions repeated
Ages 610
Thursdays & Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m. Fridays, 3 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

Blue

Thursdays, January 6, 13, 20, 27, 9:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

Blue has a rich history within art and culture the world over. From blue jeans to Picasso’s Blue period to the Blues (music), artists and histories seem stuck on the color blue. This class will explore the feelings of blue, taking inspiration from the Museum’s featured exhibit, Indelible Blue: Indigo Across the Globe (on view January 8 through April 24, 2022), creating works that transcend the boundaries between art, craft and fashion. Students will paint with indigo dye to create beautiful, wearable pieces made from wood, cotton and leather. They will also create more traditional art forms such as blue paintings (using indigo dye) and drawings (using colored pencil). Limited to 6 students.

Blue

Fridays, January 7, 14, 21, 28, 3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

Blue has a rich history within art and culture the world over. From blue jeans to Picasso’s Blue period to the Blues (music), artists and histories seem stuck on the color blue. This class will explore the feelings of blue, taking inspiration from the Museum’s featured exhibit, Indelible Blue: Indigo Across the Globe (on view January 8 through April 24, 2022), creating works that transcend the boundaries between art, craft and fashion. Students will paint with indigo dye to create beautiful, wearable pieces made from wood, cotton and leather. They will also create more traditional art forms such as blue paintings (using indigo dye) and drawings (using colored pencil). Limited to 6 students.

Blue

Saturdays, January 8, 15, 22, 29, 9:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

Blue has a rich history within art and culture the world over. From blue jeans to Picasso’s Blue period to the Blues (music), artists and histories seem stuck on the color blue. This class will explore the feelings of blue, taking inspiration from the Museum’s featured exhibit, Indelible Blue: Indigo Across the Globe (on view January 8 through April 24, 2022), creating works that transcend the boundaries between art, craft and fashion. Students will paint with indigo dye to create beautiful, wearable pieces made from wood, cotton and leather. They will also create more traditional art forms such as blue paintings (using indigo dye) and drawings (using colored pencil). Limited to 6 students.

Let’s Go Outside! (A garden themed class)

Thursdays, February 3, 10, 17, 24, 9:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

This class will take inspiration from the Museum’s Sculpture Garden and the installation A Garden, to create works of art that are meant to live outside. Creating fairy gardens, vessels for living plants (which we will start from seed) and bird houses, students will commence this class with an outdoor installation exhibition). Limited to 6 students.

Let’s Go Outside! (A garden themed class)

Fridays, February 4, 11, 18, 25, 3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

This class will take inspiration from the Museum’s Sculpture Garden and the installation A Garden, to create works of art that are meant to live outside. Creating fairy gardens, vessels for living plants (which we will start from seed) and bird houses, students will commence this class with an outdoor installation exhibition). Limited to 6 students.

Let’s Go Outside! (A garden themed class)

Saturdays, February 5, 12, 19, 26, 9:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

This class will take inspiration from the Museum’s Sculpture Garden and the installation A Garden, to create works of art that are meant to live outside. Creating fairy gardens, vessels for living plants (which we will start from seed) and bird houses, students will commence this class with an outdoor installation exhibition). Limited to 6 students.

Blue

Thursdays, March 10, 17, 31, April 7, 9:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

Blue has a rich history within art and culture the world over. From blue jeans to Picasso’s Blue period to the Blues (music), artists and histories seem stuck on the color blue. This class will explore the feelings of blue, taking inspiration from the Museum’s featured exhibit, Indelible Blue: Indigo Across the Globe (on view January 8 through April 24, 2022), creating works that transcend the boundaries between art, craft and fashion. Students will paint with indigo dye to create beautiful, wearable pieces made from wood, cotton and leather. They will also create more traditional art forms such as blue paintings (using indigo dye) and drawings (using colored pencil). Limited to 6 students. *This is a repeat of the January class.

Blue

Fridays, March 11, 18, April 1, 8, 3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

Blue has a rich history within art and culture the world over. From blue jeans to Picasso’s Blue period to the Blues (music), artists and histories seem stuck on the color blue. This class will explore the feelings of blue, taking inspiration from the Museum’s featured exhibit, Indelible Blue: Indigo Across the Globe (on view January 8 through April 24, 2022), creating works that transcend the boundaries between art, craft and fashion. Students will paint with indigo dye to create beautiful, wearable pieces made from wood, cotton and leather. They will also create more traditional art forms such as blue paintings (using indigo dye) and drawings (using colored pencil). Limited to 6 students. *This is a repeat of the January class.

Blue

Saturdays, March 12, 19, April 2, 9, 9:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

Blue has a rich history within art and culture the world over. From blue jeans to Picasso’s Blue period to the Blues (music), artists and histories seem stuck on the color blue. This class will explore the feelings of blue, taking inspiration from the Museum’s featured exhibit, Indelible Blue: Indigo Across the Globe (on view January 8 through April 24, 2022), creating works that transcend the boundaries between art, craft and fashion. Students will paint with indigo dye to create beautiful, wearable pieces made from wood, cotton and leather. They will also create more traditional art forms such as blue paintings (using indigo dye) and drawings (using colored pencil). Limited to 6 students. *This is a repeat of the January class.

Let’s Go Outside! (A garden themed class)

Thursdays, April 14, 21, 28, May 5, 9:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

This class will take inspiration from the Museum’s Sculpture Garden and the installation A Garden, to create works of art that are meant to live outside. Creating fairy gardens, vessels for living plants (which we will start from seed) and bird houses, students will commence this class with an outdoor installation exhibition). Limited to 6 students. *This is a repeat of the February class.

Let’s Go Outside! (A garden themed class)

Fridays, April 15, 22, 29, May 6, 3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

This class will take inspiration from the Museum’s Sculpture Garden and the installation A Garden, to create works of art that are meant to live outside. Creating fairy gardens, vessels for living plants (which we will start from seed) and bird houses, students will commence this class with an outdoor installation exhibition). Limited to 6 students. *This is a repeat of the February class.

Let’s Go Outside! (A garden themed class)

Saturdays, April 16, 23, 30, May 7, 9:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

This class will take inspiration from the Museum’s Sculpture Garden and the installation A Garden, to create works of art that are meant to live outside. Creating fairy gardens, vessels for living plants (which we will start from seed) and bird houses, students will commence this class with an outdoor installation exhibition). Limited to 6 students. *This is a repeat of the February class.

YOUTH STUDIO (AGES 1014) $75

Limited to 6 students
2-hour classes
4-week session
2 class offerings repeat
Fridays, 9:3011:30 a.m.

Indigo—A Dye to Live For

Fridays, January 7, 14, 21, 28 from 9:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

This class will introduce students to some of the many possibilities of working with indigo dye. Students will bring to life pre-reduced indigo crystals to create their own dye vat, incorporating traditional dyeing methods such as shibori (tying) and batik (wax/ paste resist) on cotton, silk and other natural fibers. In addition to these traditional fabric methods, students will explore painting on wood and weaving. Students are encouraged to visit the Indelible Blue: Indigo Across the Globe (on view January 8 through April 24, 2022) as well as to bring in any natural fiber items that they would like to dye. Limited to 6 students.

The Printer’s Proof

Fridays, February 4, 11, 18, 25 from 9:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

This class will explore various techniques of printing by hand (without a press) including block prints and cyanotype. Students will experiment with printing on a wide variety of papers and fabric and will even have the chance to print on a usable garment. Students are encouraged to check out the exhibition, The Printer’s Proof: Artist and Printer Collaborations (on view February 19–May 15, 2022) as well as bring in photographs (photocopies are fine) for creating cyanotypes. Limited to 6 students.

Indigo—A Dye to Live For

Fridays, March 11, 18, April 1, 8 from 9:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

This class will introduce students to some of the many possibilities of working with indigo dye. Students will bring to life pre-reduced indigo crystals to create their own dye vat, incorporating traditional dyeing methods such as shibori (tying) and batik (wax/ paste resist) on cotton, silk and other natural fibers. In addition to these traditional fabric methods, students will explore painting on wood and weaving. Students are encouraged to visit the Indelible Blue: Indigo Across the Globe (on view January 8 through April 24, 2022) as well as to bring in any natural fiber items that they would like to dye. Limited to 6 students. *This is a repeat of the January class.

The Printer’s Proof

Fridays, April 15, 22, 29, May 6 from 9:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

This class will explore various techniques of printing by hand (without a press) including block prints and cyanotype. Students will experiment with printing on a wide variety of papers and fabric and will even have the chance to print on a usable garment. Students are encouraged to check out the exhibition, The Printer’s Proof: Artist and Printer Collaborations (on view February 19–May 15, 2022) as well as bring in photographs (photocopies are fine) for creating cyanotypes. Limited to 6 students. *This is a repeat of the February class.

 


MEET THE INSTRUCTORS!

Preschool Adventures in Art

Hollie Putnam has over 10 years of experience in education and a background in fine arts. Hollie currently works as a studio art teacher in a preschool guided by the Reggio Emilia Approach. She aims to create aesthetic studio environments where children can develop their own artistic practices. Hollie’s personal artistic background is in ceramics and painting, and she also has a love for sewing garments.

Gigi Schroeder Yu, PhD is an assistant professor in art education in the art department at the University of New Mexico. She has over 20 years of experience teaching art with young children to adults in community settings, museums, and public school classrooms.​​The early learning programs of Reggio Emilia, Italy and their deep respect for children’s artistic languages inspire her creative work and research. Gigi’s work with young children inspires her to see her own artistic practices in new ways.

Youth Studio

Harley Kirschner is a mixed media artist and art instructor. He has a passion for mixed media, incorporating many different techniques into each object he makes. Although his roots are in collage and painting, he has been exploring place-based art for over a decade with students and has created permanent installations on his own. This is where his passion for garden art comes in. In addition to creating magical worlds, Harley has a passion for textiles and is always exploring new techniques to enliven fabric.

 


Ages up to 17: Teen Corner ● FREE

Get Inspired. Get Creative.

Make art anywhere at any time! Teen Corner is a resource for teen artists offered by Albuquerque Museum. Expand your art making abilities or try something entirely new. Browse video lessons that explore a variety of techniques, artist designed color pages, and creative exercises to keep your mind active.

Visit the Teen Corner