ART classes and Programs FOR CHILDREN


The Appleton offers a full schedule of classes and workshops for children throughout the year, in addition to Summer Art Camp. For questions concerning clases and workshops for children, please contact Mary Moore.


2016-17 Schedule



Family Night at the Museum

Daniel and Mary B. Kraus ARTSpace
Open to Everyone!

The ARTSpace is designed to engage adults and children in hands-on art experiences through colorful activity stations and projects that relate to the understanding of art. Make a mosaic with magnets, build with Lego® or draw on our glass wall — there's something for every age and ability!

ARTSpace Hours:
Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sundays, noon–5 p.m.
The ARTSpace and all supplies are free for children and Appleton members, and included in the cost of admission for adult nonmembers. For more information, contact Mary Moore, 352-291-4455, ext. 1613.



After School

After School Explorations
Five-Week Sessions on Tuesdays, 3-4:30 p.m.

After-school Explorations are five-week sessions for ages 7-12, each focusing on a different medium and theme. Cost per five-week session is $75 for Appleton members; $100 for nonmembers.

Around the World in Five Weeks: January 10-February 17
Mixed Media: February 21-March 21

Click here to enroll AND pay online.



First Saturday

First Saturdays
Every First Saturday, September-May, 1-3 p.m.

Have family fun in the Appleton's ARTSpace! Join us on the first Saturday of each month from 1-3 p.m. for age-appropriate art making for children ages 4 and older. Adults are welcome to participate. Each First Saturday art activity will focus on a different artist. Free for members and children; included in the cost of admission for adult nonmembers.

Upcoming First Saturdays:
(No January First Saturday), February 4, March 4, April 1, May 6

No registration needed to attend.



Half Day

Half-Day Happenings
On Marion County Public School Early Release Day, 1:30-3 p.m.

Half-day Happenings are a perfect way to spend Marion County Public School Early Release Days — and a great way to discover the Appleton! Pick up an "assignment" at the front desk, enjoy the exhibitions, then visit the ARTSpace for a fun, hands-on art-making experience. Free for members and children; included in the cost of admission for adult nonmembers.

Upcoming Half-day Happenings:
December 7, January 25, February 8

No registration needed to attend.



Arty Parties

Bring a group of friends, celebrate a birthday or host a team-building workshop. The education staff will work with you to provide a creative, hands-on experience, appropriate for any occasion. Children's themed birthdays include printable party invitations and ARTy Party bags.


Arty Parties include
  • Admission to the museum for up to 15 children
  • Exclusive use of the ARTSpace for two hours
  • Museum staff as party host
  • Printable party invitations
  • Age appropriate hands-on art activity
  • Appleton ARTy Party bags
  • Event clean up
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    ARTy Party Themes

    Canvas Masterpiece
    Put your canvas on an easel and paint like a master. Choose an artist you would like to learn about and get inspired. Paint an original worthy of framing! Choose ONE artist for your party: Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, Jackson Pollock, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse or Georgia O'Keeffe.

    Museum Experience
    Tour the African or Asian galleries and then create a work of art inspired by our collection. Color and decorate your own African mask or paint an Asian scroll, lantern or fan.


    ARTy PARTY Fee

    Members: $250, Nonmembers: $300

  • Fee includes up to 15 children
  • Additional children or adults may be added at $20 per person
  • There is no additional charge for art supplies or materials
  • Families are responsible for providing cake, beverages, decorations and all paper products
  • Ice cream, homemade products, balloons and flowers are not allowed at ARTy Parties
  • A 50% deposit is due within 7 days of making a reservation and payment in-full is due one week prior to the date of the party.

  • To Book your ARTy Party

    ARTy Party scheduling is subject to availability. Please provide 3-4 weeks advance notice when scheduling a party. To reserve your ARTy Party or for more information, contact Marie Fielding or call 352-291-4455, ext. 5039.