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Museum School

The Museum is our inspiration. Art classes for children ages 4 to 17 at Albuquerque Museum.

Museum School
Summer Art Camp
June / July 2019

Registration is open. 

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* Museum members receive a 10 percent discount

No registration by telephone is accepted.

Albuquerque Museum School Art Class 2013

A limited number of scholarships are available; limited to one class per student.


Email the application to [email protected]

Or mail to:

Albuquerque Museum
attn: Education
2000 Mountain Road NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104

Make the Museum Your Classroom!

ADVENTURES IN ART (Ages 4 – 6) $65

Registration limited to one class per child

Tuesday – Friday, 10 – 11:30 a.m. or 1 – 2:30 p.m.

June 18 – 21
Ink. Paper. Scissors.

Add clay into the mix and let the art adventure begin! We will play with simple, yet surprising, ink lines on colorful backgrounds, monsters emerging from a lump of clay and 3D shadow self-portraits. Bring curiosity and nourishing snacks for the journey. 
Instructor: Radka Apostalon

July 9 – 12
Journey around the World  

Let’s go explore the globe for amazing art!  Little hands will construct alebrije (colorful animal spirits) introduced by Mexican artist Pedro Linares, Rangoli (mandalas) of India, Tlingit mask making from the Pacific Northwest and Aboriginal paintings of Australia. Students will learn techniques in clay, construction in paper, and elements of design, color, and symbols used by these cultures. 
Instructor:  Kimberly Humphries 


YOUTH STUDIO (Ages 6 – 10 or 11 – 14) $125

June 3 – 7 (Ages 6 – 10)
Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. or 1:30 – 4 p.m.

Elemental Clay

Bring your hands! Together we will learn about the various clay techniques (coil construction, pinched technique, slab work and burnishing) and also lean about wabi-sabi — the Japanese approach to life — on our creative journey. Tile, coiled vessels and hollow forms might find a spot in your permanent home collection.
Instructor: Radka Apostalon

June 10 – 14
9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Ages 6 – 10) or 1:30 – 4 p.m. (Ages 11 – 14)
Effortless Way of Clay

Clay has its own way so be prepared for happy accidents and unexpected surprises with air drying clay. Students build on the basic techniques of coiling, pinching and working with slabs. The final piece of art might be a functional candle lamp, animal vessel or a coil based burnished ware.
Instructor: Radka Apostalon

June 24 – 28 (Ages 6 – 10)
Monday – Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. or 1:30 – 4 p.m.
Transatlantic Art Trip

Local and international artists will be introduced on our flight from Albuquerque to Spain. Albuquerque’s very own Suzanne Sbarge’s fascinating collages, Bill Cunningham’s crazy hats, Miro’s simple, yet intrigued lines. Inspiration comes in many shapes and forms and we will have 10,568 miles and 5 days to explore. 
Instructor: Radka Apostalon

July 15 – 19
9:30 – 12 p.m. (Ages 6 – 10) or 1:30 – 4 p.m. (Ages 11 – 14)
Finding Inspiration: Using Our Senses

Each day we are going to explore one of our senses to find ideas for art.  What would the scent of roasted green chile look like?  What words would we choose to describe our favorite shoes?  We will listen to music, read short stories, and walk around the museum with our awareness open for inspiration.  Older students will also learn about the process of professional composition.  Each day will have a project to complete. Come join the fun!
Instructor: Elizabeth Leggett

July 22 – 26 (Ages 6 – 10)
Monday – Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. or 1:30 – 4 p.m.
Make a Scene

In this class, we will explore the different styles of children’s book illustrators, such as “The Lion in Paris” by Beatrice Alemagna.  In each class, we will look at a different illustrator’s style and create a small stage set to capture our favorite scene from the story by using clay, fiber, wood, metal, photo collage, drawing and painting.  We will study how illustrators utilize space, pattern, perspective and scale to apply to the construction of our three dimensional worlds. Instructor:  Kimberly Humphries


Summer Instructors

Radka Apostalon was born in the Czech Republic and has been teaching at the museum for 11 years. Five years ago, she found a passion for clay and has been exploring it as both an artist and teacher. Her teaching draws inspiration from the rich history of art and culture on two continents and sharing those findings with young creative students.

Kimberly Humphries holds a BFA in Ceramics from Tyler School of Art, PA. This will be her third summer happily teaching art at the Museum. She is dedicated to sharing her passion for art with her young students. During the school year she is an elementary classroom assistant. She enjoys collaborating with teachers to incorporate the visual arts to enrich student learning. This spring, she will be installing an exterior clay mural created by her and the students of Dolores Gonzales Elementary.

Elizabeth Leggett is a two time Hugo award-winning illustrator whose work focuses on soulful, human moments-in-time that combine ambiguous interpretation and curiosity with realism. She has exhibited at the Jean Cocteau in Santa Fe and is currently designing book covers for science fiction and fantasy publications.  She loves teaching, cooking and podcasts. 


Lead Instructor

Ophelia Adelai Cornet is head art teacher 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.


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.