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First Saturday

Saturdays from 1-3 p.m.

First Saturdays at the Appleton are for families! We welcome families with children ages 4 and older to come to the ARTSpace and participate in a hands-on art-making experience

June 6, Ready for the Beach?

Create a beach scene with colorful umbrellas and design your own flip flops!

After School Explorations

Ages 7-12, Tuesdays, 3-4:30 p.m.
Five-Week Sessions

After-School Explorations are five-week sessions, each focusing on a different medium and theme. To register your child, email Marie Fielding or click here to register online. Upon submission of the form, if you are not redirected to the payment page or have trouble making a payment, please contact Mary Moore, 352-291-4455, ext. 1613.

New Sessions coming in fall, 2015.

Half-Day Happenings

All Ages, 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 and then visit the ARTSpace for a fun, hands-on art-making experience.

Free for members; adult nonmembers pay regular museum admission. No registration necessary. For more information, email Marie Fielding or call 352-291-4455, ext. 1558.

New Sessions coming in fall, 2015.

ARTy Parties

Bring a group to our colorful ARTSpace for a creative experience to satisfy a scout requirement, team build or celebrate a special occassion. Your two-hour party includes a visit to the Appleton galleries and a fun, hands-on art making experience with museum staff.

    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
  • Clean up
    ARTy Party Themes

    Bridewood Birthday: Learn about Mr. Appleton, his Bridlewood Farm and his love of horses by viewing the horse painting he purchased for the museum. Gallop back to the ARTSpace to create your own horse picture using collage and paint.

    Travel to Asia: View some of the Appleton's Asian art and then create an Asian-inspired piece in the ARTSpace. Do you like dragons, a painted fan or a screen? Choose one for your art experience.

    Build-A-Bot: Build a what? Drawing from artwork in the Appleton's galleries, children will have an inventive time assembling a robot using a variety of materials. Each child will take home their own standing robot.

    Make a Mask: Get inspired by some of the Appleton's unusual masks, then color and decorate your own to wear or hang on your wall.

    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'Keefe.

    ARTy PARTY Fee

    Members: $250, Nonmembers: $300

  • Party fees include 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, ballons 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.
  • Noble Crumb offers cupcakes, French macaroons, personalized chocolates and more, if you're looking for a unique option for refreshments. Visit for more information.

    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, email Marie Fielding or call 352-291-4455, ext. 1558.