Children’s Studio Art Classes

COVID-19 Restrictions for Classes: Everyone entering the museum and attending a class is strongly encouraged to wear a mask. If you do not have one we can provide one, free of charge. In-person classes have a limit of 12 participants, unless stated otherwise. When a class fills we will try to create a second session at a different time or date. Participants will be spaced at least 6 ft. apart in the studios. Supplies will be set out for each person and not shared with others. We encourage all in-person class registrations to be done over the phone by calling 641-421-3666.

Summer 2021 Youth Classes


Wizard Mini Camp Ages 9+ CLASS IS FULL – please call 641-421-3666 to be added to the waitlist!
Explore the world of Harry Potter by going to Wizard Camp. Get sorted into a house and explore different classes like Wandlore, Potions and Care of Magical Creatures. If you attended in past years, come again to be a Prefect and enjoy new projects. A snack will be provided all days. Please rank your house choices at the time of registration.
July 28-30,  8 am-12 pm daily
Fee: $50, Members $45 Instructor: Laura

Fantastic Food Art Creations Ages 5+ See example here!
Become a chef of imitation art food. Mix up a whole menu of fabulous non-edible, faux food creations.
Thursday, August 5,  5:30-7:30 pm
Fee: $20, Members $18 Instructor: Pam

Let it Fly Ages 5+ See examples here!
Create fun art that can actually fly.
Thursday, August 12,  5:30-7:30 pm
Fee: $20, Members $18 Instructor: Laura

Intro to Watercolor Techniques Ages 9+ See example here!
Want to get started with watercolor but don’t know how? This class will give you a basic starting point. We will use liquid watercolors and learn washes and textures, while painting a simple mountain landscape.
Saturday, August 14,  9 am-12 pm
Fee: $30, Members $27 Instructor: Laura

Fall 2021 Youth Classes

ART BUGS Ages 2-4 with adult caregiver
An art class for the smallest of artists – explore a variety of mediums in these classes. Children must be accompanied by a caregiver.
Sat., September 18, 10-11 am Pirates and Mermaids (PJ)
Thurs., October 14, 6-7 pm Costumes & Crafts to Wear (LA)
Tues., November 16, 6-7 pm Thanksgiving Fun (PJ)
Sat., December 4, 10-11 am For the Tree (LA)
Fee: $10 per class, Members $9 per class

Ages 9+, ages 6-8 with an adult helper
Give your 18” doll a great night’s sleep in a new bed made by you. We will also make her some fun accessories.
Thursday, September 9, 5:30-7:30 pm
Fee: $20, Members $18 Instructor: Laura

Ages 8+, ages 6 & 7 with an adult helper
Sewing classes are safe, fun and educational for your kids. They will develop an array of sewing skills, and will leave with handmade treasures they will love!
Tuesday, September 21, 5:30-7:30 pm
Fee: $20, Members $18 Instructor: Pam

The world of Minecraft comes alive in this class. We will create 3D and 2D works with Perler beads.
Saturday, September 25, 1:00-4:00 pm
Fee: $20, Members $18 Instructor: Laura

Ages 7+, ages 5 & 6 with an adult helper
Wire is a fun, flexible material perfect for making 3-D linear forms. Learn how to shape wire into playful designs and create your own fun forms!
Tuesday, October 12, 5:30-7:30 pm
Fee: $20, Members $18 Instructor: Pam

Enjoy your day off school with colorful and creative crafts. Dress for a mess. Snack provided
Friday, November 5, 9:00 am-Noon
Fee: $25, Members $23 Instructor: Laura

Students will learn how to make manga (Japanese-style comic) and basic animation techniques. Experience basic drawing techniques with ink and watercolor and create your own characters.
Saturday, November 13, 10:00 am-Noon
Fee: $20, Members $18 Instructor: Pam

‘Tis the season of gift giving… and gift making! Be a busy elf preparing for the holidays by creating hand-made and personalized art projects to place under the tree that will put everyone in the holiday spirit!
Thursday, December 16, 5:30-7:30 pm
Fee: $20, Members $18 Instructor: Laura

Have you grown tired of snowmen and sledding? Come to the museum for a fun morning of creating, painting, gluing, and drawing! Snack provided.
Wednesday, December 29, 9:00 am-Noon
Fee: $25, Members $23 Instructor: Pam

GHOSTBUSTERS POLYMER CLAY Parent & child ages 9+
Relive the fun of the Ghostbusters movies with your child. We will make these iconic figures out of Polymer clay.
Saturday, November 20, 1:00-4:00 pm
Fee: $35, Members $32 Instructor: Laura

Get the whole family in on the fun of decorating for the holidays. Your papier-mâché home will look so yummy with these “Candyland”-themed decorations you will want to eat it! One house per family.
Saturday, November 27, 1:00-4:00 pm
Fee: $35, Members $32 Instructor: Pam

ONLINE and Homeschool CLASSES
Are you homeschooling or online schooling? The MacNider Art Museum is offering custom built classes, including one-on-one art tutoring. Call the Museum to discuss details. 
Fee: Dependent on project and number of students



2021 Summer Class Flyer
2021 Fall Class Flyer

Click here for your class registration form!

Please register for classes early to avoid disappointment! Pre-registration is required.
This is very important – most classes have a minimum and maximum class attendance number. Once the maximum number has been reached the class is FULL and no one else can register. If the minimum number is not reached by two business days before the class date, the class will be cancelled.

If you see that a class you were interested in taking has disappeared from the website it is probably full. Feel free to call us at 641-421-3666 for class questions and availability.


Call 641-421-3666 to register!

*Please note: CLASS CREDIT REQUESTS will be honored if the request occurs ONE WEEK PRIOR to the first meeting of the class.

If you have signed a child up for a class and then realize he/she is unable to attend, PLEASE let us know right away! Some classes have waiting lists and we want to give everyone a chance to attend.

In consideration of others, please do not bring sick children to the museum, or come if you are ill.  This includes persons who may not currently have a fever but are still having symptoms of sore throat, nagging cough, and stomach issues.

Please  remember to silence your cell phones and refrain from taking calls and texting while attending these classes. Thank you!

As of September 1, 2015 we will no longer offer pro-rated pricing for multiple-day classes if you cannot attend every day. Everyone will need to pay the full price. We want to encourage everyone to attend all scheduled class sessions as most projects in these classes take multiple days to complete. Missing classes may result in not being able to participate in scheduled projects as well as unfinished projects. Please call 641-421-3666 with questions

Scholarships Available
Through generous donations from individuals and groups in the community, scholarships are available to students who normally would not be able to experience an art class. For more information or to donate towards a class scholarship, please contact Edith Blanchard at  641-421-3666. 


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