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 click here.

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 Summer Hours:
Regular schedule will resume on Tuesday, August 2.
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.

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:
September 3, October 1, November 5, December 3 (Family Day), 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. No registration required.

Upcoming Half-day Happenings:
August 31, September 28, November 2, November 16, December 7, January 25, February 8

No registration needed to attend.

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.

Museum Adventure: September 13-October 11
Creative Clay: October 18-November 15
Around the World in Five Weeks: January 10-February 17
Mixed Media: February 21-March 21

Registration available soon.

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 that is appropriate for any occassion. children's themed birthdays include printable party invitations and ARTY Party bags. Call Mary Moore for more information, 352-291-4455, ext. 1613

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'Keeffe.

    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.
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    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.