The Appleton offers a full schedule of classes and workshops for children throughout the year, in addition to Summer Art Camp. For questions concerning classes and workshops for children, please click here to contact Hollis Mutch, Museum Educator.

Click here to view a PDF of the Fall 2018-Spring 2019 brochure.

2018-2019 Schedule

After School

This multisensory program introduces ages 2–5 to the Appleton. Each session starts with a brief visit to the galleries to examine a work of art, and then to the ARTSpace for a corresponding art activity. Children must have at least one adult with them at all times.

Once a month, Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

October 2
November 6
December 4
January 8
February 5
March 5
April 2
May 7

Free for Appleton members and children ages 2-5; included with regular admission fee for adult nonmembers. RSVP is required to attend by contacting Hollis Mutch,, or 352-291-4455, ext. 1613.

After School

Six-week classes for ages 7–12, each focusing on a different medium. Choose the session of your choice, then the day that fits your schedule. All materials are included.

Session 1: Clay Creations Wednesdays, September 12–October 17, 3:30–5 p.m.
or Saturdays, September 15–October 20, 10:30 a.m.–noon

Session 2: Painting and Drawing (no class 11/21 or 11/24) Wednesdays, October 31–December 12, 3:30–5 p.m. or Saturdays, November 3–December 15, 10:30 a.m.–noon

Session 3: Clay All the Way Wednesdays, January 9–February 13, 3:30–5 p.m.
or Saturdays, January 12–February 16, 10:30 a.m.–noon

Session 4: Drawing Wednesdays, February 27–April 3, 3:30–5 p.m.
or Saturdays, March 2–April 6, 10:30 a.m.–noon

Session 5: Painting (three weeks) Wednesdays, April 17–May 1, 3:30–5 p.m.
or Saturdays, April 20–May 4, 10:30 a.m.–noon

Appleton Members: $80 ea. for sessions 1–4; $40 for session 5, or bundle all five sessions for $320.
Nonmembers: $100 ea. for sessions 1–4; $50 for session 5. Click here to register.


This program is for the tweens and teens, featuring age-appropriate art projects for ages 12+ across a variety of themes and mediums. All materials are included.

Once every other month, Saturdays, 1–3 p.m.

Paint a Shoulder Bag: October 13

Handbuilding with Clay: December 8

Glass Fusing: February 9

Mosaic Mirror: April 13

Appleton Members: $25 per workshop; nonmembers: $30 per workshop. Click here to register.

First Saturday

Visit the ARTSpace on First Saturdays for artist-themed art making projects that are appropriate for children ages 4 and older; accompanying adults are welcome to participate.

First Saturday of the Month, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Pablo Picasso: September 1
Guest Artist, Carmen Rojas: October 6
Superheroes: November 3
Holiday Family Day: December 1
Henri Rousseau: January 5
Wayne Thiebaud: February 2
Jackson Pollock: March 2
Mary Cassatt: April 6
Faith Ringgold: May 4

Free for Appleton members and children; included with admission fee for adult nonmembers.

Half Day Happening

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 activity sheet at the front desk, enjoy the exhibitions, then visit the ARTSpace for a fun, art-making experience.

Marion County Public School Early Release Days, 1:30 p.m.–3 p.m.

September 26
October 24
December 5
January 23
February 27
April 17

Free for Appleton members and children; included with admission fee for adult nonmembers.

Art Space

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 Hollis Mutch, 352-291-4455, ext. 1613.

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
    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 Hollis Mutch or call 352-291-4455, ext. 1613.