Classes And Workshops
All year long, MAM connects adults, teens, and children of all ages to contemporary art and artists to provide unique and engaging hands-on art experiences. Please pre-register (if recommended/required) to ensure your space. MAM believes that art should be accessible to everyone! Most of our educational programs are free and scholarships are available when programs require a fee. Please download the scholarship form and email us for more information. When registering for a class requiring a fee, your registration is confirmed with a nonrefundable $20 deposit or full payment. Registration fee (minus $20) is refundable only if cancellation is made seven days prior to the first class meeting.
Teen Art Project (TAP)
FREE! REGISTRATION OPEN NOW!
Summer TAP: June 13 - Aug. 3, 2023, Tuesdays & Thursdays 1:30 to 5 PM
Installation through Artmaking: Visit a public site, learn about materials, develop an installation plan, write an artist statement, create original pieces, help to curate, and install collaborative public art piece.
TAP is about collaboration, public art, and citizenship. MAM is committed to creating a space where teen voices matter and have the potential to transform communities through artmaking. Through collaboration, teens learn how to coexist respectfully and peacefully.
See what teens have made during summer TAP 2022:
Fragments: What Connects Us to a Sense of Place?Email to Register!
Weekly art camps run through Aug. 11
Children are invited to come to MAM this summer for an exciting assortment of fun-filled and stimulating art camps. Classes are taught by MAM's exemplary teaching artists. Kids engage with professional artists and contemporary art on display, while using various media to create original works of art. MAM’s spacious classroom, Art Park, and galleries are filled with fantastic contemporary art, inspiring creativity in your child. Sibling discounts and scholarships are available.
Image: Jennifer Ogden, marionette.
Art and Wellness at MAM!
Led by Kate Crouch
Monthly: 12-12:30 PM
FREE - DROP IN
Saturday, May 20 (Willem Volkersz: The View From Here)
Engage with Willem Volkersz: The View From Here to explore resilience. Resilience is defined as the ability of an individual or society or culture to "bounce back" from a hardship or trauma endured. This month, Kate Crouch guides a meditation that asks, "How can you develop your own resilience through compassion?"
Visitors of all abilities are invited to practice an alternative form of self-care and self-expression. This gentle guided 30-minute experience with art explores alternative forms of engagement, like breath, stillness, close looking, deep listening, and mindful movement. Each session takes place in different galleries and exhibitions at MAM.Image: Willem Volkersz, This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land, 2019, wood, acrylic latex paint, found objects, copyright the artist.
Teen Open Studio (TOS)
Saturdays, Feb. 11 - June 3, 2023
Every Saturday afternoon, middle and high school students gather to create art in MAM’s classroom with unlimited art supplies. TOS brings teens together with contemporary artists, providing opportunities to work collaboratively, discuss art critically, and think creatively. MAM invites teens to learn about contemporary art, the world, and themselves by experiencing contemporary art at MAM. Bring a friend! Drop-ins welcome!Learn More!
Saturday Free Family Workshops
11 AM–12:30 PM
The whole family is invited to make art together in these artist-led, FREE workshops. Each of these fall workshops will be taught by three exhibiting artists from MAM’s exhibition, Imagining the Sacred. Each artist will guide participants through the show and create artwork based on what they see. DROP-INS WELCOME but please arrive a few minutes early. Children under age 7 should be accompanied by an adult. All materials are provided and all ages and levels of experience are encouraged to take part—just bring an open mind.
* * *Saturday, Apr. 8: Led by Artist Krissy Ramirez
The View From Your Here
Join professional artist Krissy Ramirez in a workshop focused on Willem Volkersz’s retrospective exhibition, The View From Here, on display until June 24, 2023. Make collages, clay coil constructions, and more! Volkersz draws our attention to narratives that explore ideas of migration, traveling, and the appreciation for North America as the land of opportunities.
The whole family is invited to make art together in these artist-led, free workshops. Ramirez will guide participants through the show and and then lead in the creation of artworks based on what you see. Please arrive a few minutes early to ensure a spot. Children under age 7 should be accompanied by an adult. All materials are provided—just bring an open mind.
Spring Adult Workshops 2023
March, April, May
Saturday, May 6:
Adult Printmaking Workshop: Exploring The Collagraph
Teaching Artist: Bev Beck Glueckert
1 to 4 PM
This fun technique combines features of collage, relief, and intaglio. Participants will get a basic introduction to the process and construction of collagraph plates, allowing plenty of time for printing and experimentation. Materials provided, but feel free to bring any flat textural materials you may want to work with, such as textured paper or wallpaper, paper lace, cut-out images, etc.
Image: Bev Beck Glueckert, detail of Dust to Dust, 2019, copyright the artist.Learn More!
After School Art Adventure V
Led by Jennifer Ogden
Kids Ages 6-11
3:45–5:15 PM on Tuesdays
$63 for members, $70 for nonmembers (Rolling admission + pro-rated prices)
Series V: April 25 through May 30 (6 classes)
Kids ages 6 through 11 are invited to create artwork inspired by the contemporary art at MAM throughout the school year! This class offers a short tour and a series of art projects related to what the students see. Projects include drawing, painting, printmaking, and 3D exploration.Learn More
Fifth Grade Art Experience
This year marks MAM’s 37th Annual FGAE. This signature education program invites every public and independent elementary school within a 70-mile radius to MAM for a contemporary art looking and art making experience. Following the visit, students walk to the Missoula Public library for a tour, related stories, and free library cards. More than 1,500 students partake in the program at no charge each year, involving an average of 45 to 50 fifth grade classes. For many students, this is their first time stepping foot into a museum. FGAE provides an introduction to contemporary art and artists, establishes a connection with their “home” museum, encourages participant engagement while interacting with art, and promotes quality art education experiences, both looking and making. MAM is committed to extending FGAE to the Flathead Nation and surrounding rural communities by providing busing for additional 10 to 15 schools and serving over 500 youth beyond Missoula County. For more information contact Kay Grissom-Kiely at email@example.com.
Museum as Megaphone: Virtual FGAE
Can’t Visit MAM for FGAE? Classrooms can participate in Virtual FGAE through Museum as Megaphone: Virtual FGAE. To reduce barriers of access, MAM serves an additional 20 schools and 1,200 students throughout Montana in this distance learning program. MAM partners with Inspired Classrooms, a local education tech company, to launch an interactive, online platform that engages schools beyond MAM’s geographic reach. Students participate in real-time, live, interactive art experiences in MAM’s galleries and exhibiting artist studios. Students and teachers access an interactive portal that offers resources to guide teachers and students through this process, including exhibiting artist videos, website links, and additional art images. Museum as Megaphone connects students with contemporary visual art and artists for the first time, widening their vision of the world and what is possible, and amplifying their voices. For teachers, it provides enrichment and professional development, makes MAM accessible for schools unable to visit in person, and meets standards in Indian Education for All, language arts, social studies, and 21st century skills. For MAM, it expands outreach to rural and Tribal schools, improves access to exhibiting and collection artists, and supports MAM’s vision of museums as democratic places where all people are welcome to exchange ideas. For more information contact Cameron Decker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Watch a short video about the Museum as Megaphone pilot program with St. Ignatius School: Museum as Megaphone with St Ignatius School.
- April Werle in Imaging the Sacred: Birdie Hall, Talia Roberts, Daphne Sweet, April Werle