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ADULT CLASSES

Adult Classes

Flawless Device Photography
Saturday, August 20, 10:30 am-3:30 pm
$50 ($40 Members)
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Education Center; Limited to 30 participants

Learn to take more interesting and artistic photos with your smartphone or tablet during this hands-on class. Please bring a fully charged smartphone or tablet with a built in camera to class. All levels of experience welcome.

Instructor: Gina Grafos, Washington University in St. Louis and Maryville University
YOUTH CLASSES

Youth Classes


Wee Wednesdays
Third Wednesday of each Month:
April 20, May 18, June 15
July 20, August 17, September 21
10:30–11:30 am

Free; pre-registration is required. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Perfect for pre-kindergarteners and their parents. This hour-long Museum experience allows tots to use their imaginations during a gallery tour, story time, and a hands-on art project.

Registration is open for the following dates:
April 20
May 18
June 15
July 20
August 17
September 21

For April 20 class, registration opens March 18
For May 18 class, registration opens April 22
For June 15 class, registration opens May 20
For July 20 class, registration opens June 17
For August 17 class, registration opens July 22
For September 21 class, registration opens August 19


Summer Art Classes for ages 6-8

Join us to look at and make amazing art- no experience necessary. Museum classes give young learner the opportunity to explore different cultures, time periods, and of course, art! Pre-registration is required for all classes. All students must be dropped off at the South Building Entrance. From Fine Arts Drive, follow the signs to the Education Center.

Students staying for a half or full day of classes are encouraged to bring a bottle of water and a snack each day. Students staying for a full day of classes should pack a lunch each day that does not require refrigeration or heating.

Mummies vs. Knights
Tuesday, July 12–Friday, July 15
9:00am–noon
$125 ($100 Members)

What’s your child’s favorite work of art in the Museum? Is it the Egyptian mummy or the suit of armor? Students will visit some of the most popular and kid-friendly galleries in the Museum and then create their own artwork based on what they see.
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Paint Studio
Tuesday, July 12–Friday, July 15
1:00–4:00 pm
$125 ($100 Members)

Have a budding young artist itching to release their inner Picasso? Let them paint it out at the Museum. Students will explore painting with watercolors and acrylics and produce their own works on canvas and paper.
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Heroes and Heroines
Tuesday, July 19–Friday, July 22
9:00am–noon
$125 ($100 Members)

Heroes aren’t hard to find at the Saint Louis Art Museum. Step outside to see Hercules fighting off the three-headed hydra or hunt for gods and goddesses in our Egyptian galleries. Each day of class will feature a Museum hero or heroine along with an activity inspired by that work of art.
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Monster Mingle
Tuesday, July 19–Friday, July 22
1:00–4:00 pm
$125 ($100 Members)

Paint, draw, and construct your own friendly monsters! Inspired by some of the mixed-up creatures in ancient myths, students will mix and match body parts from different animals to make their own monster pals.
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Art Any Wear
Tuesday, July 26–Friday, July 29
9:00am–noon
$125 ($100 Members)

Discover the world of wearable and usable art. Look at how artists design and construct artwork that can be worn and used in unexpected ways. Design your own art to display wherever you'd like—maybe even on yourself.
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Color Collision
Tuesday, July 26–Friday, July 29
1:00–4:00 pm
$125 ($100 Members)

In this fun youth class color collides with shape, texture, and pattern. Students will learn a bit about color theory as they paint, sculpt, and design their own works of art.
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Summer Art Classes for Ages 9-12

Join us to look at and make amazing art- no experience necessary. Museum classes give young learner the opportunity to explore different cultures, time periods, and of course, art! Pre-registration is required for all classes. All students must be dropped off at the South Building Entrance. From Fine Arts Drive, follow the signs to the Education Center.

Students staying for a half or full day of classes are encouraged to bring a bottle of water and a snack each day. Students staying for a full day of classes should pack a lunch each day that does not require refrigeration or heating.

Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead
Tuesday, July 12–Friday, July 15
9:00am–noon
$125 ($100 Members)

It’s a science and art mash-up! During this four-day class, students will apply scientific knowledge to art making as they construct their own gravity defying sculptures.
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Claymation
Tuesday, July 12–Friday, July 15
1:00–4:00 pm
$125 ($100 Members)

Over the course of four days, students will create their own claymation film. They’ll develop storylines, sculpt simple characters out of modeling clay, and design mini sets all to be used in their own claymation film.
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Flipbook Animation
Tuesday, July 19–Friday, July 22
9:00am–noon
$125 ($100 Members)

Class participants will practice their drawing skills before turning their doodles into a moving film. Students will create their own flipbooks and then make their drawings move using easy animation techniques and software.
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The Art of Adornment
Tuesday, July 19–Friday, July 22
1:00–4:00 pm
$125 ($100 Members)

Art that decorates the human body is made by lots of different people around the world. Kids will learn about personal and ritualistic practices of body adornment then create their own necklaces, rings, and bracelets.
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African Art in Motion
Tuesday, July 26–Friday, July 29
9:00am–noon
$125 ($100 Members)

In many African societies dance and performance are woven into the social fabric. With guided instruction from a professional dancer, students will explore the purpose of dance in several African communities and put together their own performance inspired by traditional West African dance.
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Origami Sculptures
Tuesday, July 26–Friday, July 29
1:00–4:00 pm
$125 ($100 Members)

Origami is the Japanese word for paper folding. Starting with basic folding techniques, students will make 3-d origami animals, toys, and much more. They’ll use some of their folded creations to construct a dazzling hanging origami sculpture.
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GALLERY TALKS

Gallery Talks

Thursday, June 16, 11:00 am
Friday, June 17, 6:00 pm

Ancient Egypt's Animals
Lindsey Schifko, Kress Interpretive Fellow

Thursday, July 7, 11:00 am
Friday, July 8, 6:00 pm

Goldilocks in the Museum: Too Big, Too Small or Just Right?
Jeanne M. Zarucchi, professor of art history and French, University of Missouri-St. Louis

Thursday, July 14, 11:00 am
Friday, July 15, 6:00 pm

Melchior Barthel’s Bust of a Black Man
Chris Naffziger, writer and historian, Lindenwood University

Thursday, July 21, 11:00 am
Friday, July 22, 6:00 pm

Adorned: The Ancient Art of Looking Good
Courtney Baxter, Romare Bearden Graduate Minority Fellow

Thursday, July 28, 11:00 am
Friday, July 29, 6:00 pm

Lake with Castle on a HIll by Joseph Wright of Derby
Samuel Harned, chair of the history department, Clayton High School

Thursday, August 4, 11:00 am
Friday, August 5, 6:00 pm

Porcelain: A Story of Innovation and Imitation
Maris Boyd Gillette, Des Lee Professor of Museum and Community History Studies University of Missouri-St. Louis

Thursday, August 11, 11:00 am
Friday, August 12, 6:00 pm

Artistic Genius: Born or Made?
Learning & Engagement staff

Thursday, August 18, 11:00 am
Friday, August 19, 6:00 pm

Impressions of War
Department of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Thursday, September 1, 11:00 am
Friday, September 2, 6:00 pm

Plains Indian Art and the Reservation Era
Alex Marr, assistant curator of Native American art

Thursday, September 8, 11:00 am
Friday, September 9, 6:00 pm

Monet and Degas: Painting Real and Artificial Flowers
Simon Kelly, curator of modern and contemporary art

Thursday, September 15, 11:00 am
Friday, September 16, 6:00 pm

Feline Imagery in Ancient America
Amy Clark, Senior research assistant Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas

Thursday, September 22, 11:00 am
Friday, September 23, 6:00 pm

Modern Bathers
Amanda Beresford, doctoral candidate, Washington University in St. Louis
LECTURES
Opening Lecture: Self-Taught Genius
Saturday, June 18, 2:00 pm
The Farrell Auditorium. Free.
Advance tickets recommended.

Learn more about Self-Taught Genius from Melissa Wolfe, curator of American art. This free* lecture will be held in The Farrell Auditorium. After the lecture, Museum Members are invited to enjoy free refreshments, music, and fun at the Members Picnic in the Sculpture Garden from 3 to 7 pm.

African American Expressions in Folk Art
Saturday, June 25, 10:30 am
The Farrell Auditorium. Free.
Advance tickets recommended.

Alvia J. Wardlaw, Professor of Art History and Curator of the University Museum, Texas Southern University

Join us for a fascinating lecture by pioneering art historian Alvia J. Wardlaw, curator of the groundbreaking exhibitions The Quilts of Gee’s Bend and Hard Truths: The Art of Thorton Dial. This lecture accompanies the exhibition Self-Taught Genius: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum (June 19 through September 11).

Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies
Saturday, September 11, 11 am
The Farrel Auditorium

Ross King, author

Claude Monet is perhaps the world's most beloved artist and, among all his creations, the paintings of the water lilies in his garden at Giverny are most famous. Ross King's newest book Mad Enchantment tells the full story behind the creation of the series. Linking great artistic achievement to the personal and historical dramas unfolding around it, King presents an intimate and revealing portrait of an iconic figure in world culture. A book signing will follow. Advance tickets recommended.

All events in The Farrell Auditorium, including free events, are ticketed. Tickets are subject to availability. Tickets may be purchased or reserved in person at the Museum's Information Centers or through MetroTix at metrotix.com or 314.534.1111. All tickets purchased or reserved through MetroTix incur a service charge; the service charge is waived for tickets purchased at the Museum.