Education Programs At The Appleton

Summer Art Camp

Children ages 4-15 are invited to create fun works of art here at the Appleton at our 2014 Summer Art Camp. Sign up for one week, or sign up for them all! We'll see you there!

Ages 4-6

  • Class size limited to 12
  • $75 for members, $90 for non-members
  • Includes a T-shirt, bring a personal snack each day.

    Our Pint-sized Picassos will be exposed to a variety of exciting experiences. Don't miss a fun week!

    SOLD OUT!-June 23-27, 10 a.m.-noon

    July 28-August 1, 10 a.m.-noon with Joan Woods

  • Ages 7-12

  • Class size limited to 20
  • $95 for members, $110 for non-members
  • Includes a T-shirt and snack each day.
  • SOLD OUT! -June 16-20, 9 a.m.-noon, Terrific Textiles with Tasha Strigle
    Paint on silk! Spin some wool! Play with clay and weave all day! Totally textiles!

    SOLD OUT! -June 23-27, 1-4 p.m., Meet the Masters with Marla Long
    Vacay with Van Gogh and friends. Learn about some fun artists, then create fabulous artwork influenced by them. We'll paint, build with clay, cut paper and collage.

    SOLD OUT!-July 7-11, 9 a.m.-noon, Goin' Fishin' with Mariann McClary
    Catch some fun this week by venturing into the sea. Paint and build imaginitive creatures using a variety of materials including clay and recyclables

    SOLD OUT!-July 14-18, 9 a.m.-noon, America the Beautiful with Mariann McClary
    Experience the art and culture of Native Americans. Make pottery, beadwork and dream catchers influenced by their unqiue designs. Join us for a fun and meaningful week.

    SOLD OUT!- August 4-8, 9 a.m.-noon, Escape to Egypt with Marla Long
    Are you mystified by King Tut's mask, canopic jars or cartouches? Unravel their mystery by making your own. Work with various mediums including clay. You can't bring your mummy!

    Ages 11-15

    New this summer!
  • Class size limited to 20
  • $95 for members, $110 for non-members
  • Includes a T-shirt and snack each day.
  • July 28-August 1, 1-4 p.m., Me, Myself and I with Marie Fielding
    It's all about you this week! Use paint, pen and ink, fabrics and more to design a personalized banner to hang in your room. We'll work with clay, and we'll create signature jewelry as well. Can you make it?
    We look forward to seeing you there! Limited scholarships available. Contact Mary Moore, Art Educator, for more information, 352-291-4455 or at

    Registration is now closed.



    Enjoy a wide choice of scheduled programs including films series, lectures and workshops. For a complete listing, visit this web site's Calendar of Events page or call the Appleton Museum at 352-291-4455. Plus, come and enjoy "Drawing in the Gallery" adult art sessions from 3 to 5 p.m. the first Thursday every month (free for members, included in admission for yet-to-be members).


    New Docent classes will run October 2 through November 13 and January 8 through March 12. Class is once a week on Wednesdays from 10am-12pm. For information contact Mary Moore at 352-291-4455 x1613 or

    The word docent is derived from the Latin word docere, meaning ‘to teach’. Docents lead groups of patrons on tours of the museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions. You do not need an art background to be a docent. Class content consists of learning about the Appleton’s collection, relevant art history, and touring techniques and tips. Upon conclusion of training Docents attend monthly meetings on the first Tuesday of every month. During the meeting tours are assigned, information is disseminated, and up-to-date education offerings are presented . A volunteer application is required to attend the classes.


      On the First Saturday of every month, children enjoy creative hands-on art programs with instruction from 1 to 3 p.m. Free for members and included in admission for nonmembers.

    Scavenger Hunt at the Appleton Museum

    Throughout the year, pick up a Scavenger Hunt kit at the reception desk and search through the galleries for answers to questions about the museum’s art collections. Bring your completed kit back to the reception desk and receive a prize! This program is open to all ages.

    School Groups: Educational Tours

    Educational tours of the Appleton Museum’s permanent collection and temporary exhibitions are available for students and youth groups. Art activities are available as a portion of any group visit reserved 30 days in advance of tour date. Due to the popularity of our school tour art activity program, it is recommended that you have three possible dates in consideration when calling to book your reservation so we can accommodate your group. Special subject tours are also available upon request. Group tours can be scheduled by contacting Lara Sundberg in Visitors Services at 352-291-4455, ext. 1836, or at

    School Tour Art Activities:

    • Mona Lisa will be the inspiration of a workshop in basic painting and color theory. (K-5)
    • Art appreciation and printmaking art activity( K-12)
    • Art Appreciation and drawing in the gallery (limit 15 students, grades 6-12)
    • Art Cart: Interactive program on the art and culture of the Pre-Columbian region (grades 3-6)
    • Art Cart: Interactive program on the art and culture of the Africa (grades 3-6)


    Educational films on the visual arts are shown Sundays at 2 p.m. in the museum auditorium. Please call 352-291-4455 for more information on this week’s film. To view the upcoming film schedule, click here.


    How to make the most out of your museum visit for teachers, parents and home schoolers, Grades K-8 and Grades 9-12.