Erie Art Museum Announces Spring Classes

The Erie Art Museum offers art classes and workshops for children and adults year-round. Beginning on Monday, March 29, 2010 the Museum offers classes ranging from Photography for Kids to Precious Metals Jewelry Making.

Classes are available to beginners and more experienced artists and are offered in quarterly sessions lasting three to ten weeks. Professional artists teach all Museum classes. A complete description of available classes is online at Plan to register one week prior to class start.

Beginning Digital Photography
Wednesdays for 6 weeks Starting March 31 from 7 – 9 p.m.

Beginning Acrylic Painting
Tuesdays for 7 weeks Starting March 30 from 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Beginning Ceramics on the Wheel
Tuesdays for 10 weeks Starting April 6 from 6 – 9 p.m.

Beginning Drawing
Thursdays for 6 weeks starting March 30 from 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Advanced Digital Photography
Thursdays for 6 weeks starting April 1 from 7 – 9 p.m.

Intermediate Ceramics on the Wheel
Thursdays for 10 weeks Starting April 8 from 6 – 9 p.m.

Oriental Painting
Mondays for 6 weeks Starting March 29 from 4 – 6 p.m.

New Approaches to Life Drawing
Thursdays for 6 weeks Starting March 30 from 7 – 9 p.m.

Acrylic Finished Clay Tiles
Wednesdays for 3 weeks, April 21, 28 & May 12 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Painting in Acrylics or Oils
Tuesdays for 7 weeks Starting March 30 from 7:15 – 9:15 p.m.

Precious Metals Jewelry Making
Wednesdays for 7 weeks Starting March 31 from 7–9 p.m.

Watercolor Painting
Thursdays for 6 weeks Starting April 22 from 12 – 3 p.m.

First Fridays
A Preschool Program
Join us the First Friday of every month from 10 – 11 a.m. for a special program for 3-6 year olds and their families. Museum staff lead adults and kids through exploring one of the exhibits using story, song and art making.

Fantastical Art for Kids
Kids experiment with drawing, painting, printmaking and more as we create art around the theme of Fantasy. For kids ages 6 – 10.
Wednesdays for 6 weeks Starting March 31 from 4 – 5 p.m.

Photography for Kids
This class will introduce both the foundations of photography and how to discuss works of art. For kids ages 8 – 13.
Thursdays for 6 weeks Starting April 8 from 4 – 6 p.m.

Parent Child Clay
Here is a chance for children to learn alongside a parent, grandparent, or adult friend.
Sundays for 7 weeks Starting April 11 from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Clayspace Independent Study
Students gain round-the-clock access to ClaySpace and work independently on their own schedule. This includes use of the wheels, slab roller, extruder, tables, and kilns. Applicants must be knowledgeable in working with clay and studio equipment. Contact the Erie Art Museum for application. Fees start at $50/month for 50 hours or less monthly usage. Independent study students must be Museum members. A one time, refundable security/key deposit of $120 is due at the time of application.

About the Erie Art Museum
The Erie Art Museum anchors downtown Erie’s cultural and economic revitalization, occupying a group of restored mid-19th century commercial buildings, including an outstanding 1839 Greek Revival Bank. It maintains an ambitious program of 15 to 18 changing exhibitions annually, embracing a wide range of subjects, both historical and contemporary and including folk art, contemporary craft, multi-disciplinary installations, community-based work, as well at traditional media.

The Erie Art Museum also holds a collection of over 6,000 objects, which includes significant works in American ceramics, Tibetan painting, Indian bronzes, contemporary baskets, and a variety of other categories.

The Museum offers a wide range of education programs and artists’ services including interdisciplinary and interactive school tours and a wide variety of classes for the community. Performing arts are showcased in the 24-year-old Contemporary Music Series, which represents national and international performers of serious music with an emphasis on composer/performers, and a popular annual two-day Blues & Jazz Festival.

The Erie Art Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free for members, free on Wednesdays, $4 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and students and $2 for children under 12.

For additional information on the Erie Art Museum, visit online at or call (814) 459-5477.