Classes & Camps

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Pre-registration is required for all camps and classes. To register for a class or camp, contact George Lanham at (304) 529-2701, Ext. 311. You can also register online or get the registration form in either .pdf or Word (.doc) format.

Summer Camps at HMA

Mark your calendars now – summer camps are right around the corner. Additional information and registration will be on the museum’s website in early April.

Middle School/High School Clay Camp

June 19-23, 26-30, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Teens will be immersed in the world of pottery, exploring stoneware & earthenware clays and wheel throwing & handbuilding techniques. In addition, campers will experiment with ceramic-fired decals as well as traditional glazing techniques. Opportunities for self-expression and creativity will culminate in campers developing their own personal style.

Elementary Art Camp, completed K-5th grades

Week I  July  10-14, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Week II  July 17-21, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Children will delight in exploring varieties of materials, tools and processes as they exercise their imagination and creativity. Camp activities and projects will include painting, drawing, sculpting and crafts, providing opportunities for problem solving through project-based learning. Art Camp is for elementary-aged kids and is divided into 3 separate age groups, K-1, 2nd-3rd, and 4th-5th. Week I, Elementary Art Camp for K-1 is full. Week II, Elementary Art Camp for K-1 is full. Week II, Elementary Art Camp for Grades 2-3 is full.

Pitter Patter Art Camp,  18 months to 3 years

July 10-14, 9 a.m.- 10:15 a.m.

Toddlers immerse themselves in varieties of tactile experiences during this camp. Parents and caregivers participate along with their kids. Several stations are set up in the studio space enabling kids to explore on their own at their own pace. Varieties of materials, tools and toys are available for art making and play.

Young Explorers, 4-5 year olds

July 17-21, 9 a.m.-noon

This camp is designed specifically for children ages 4 to 5. Activities include artmaking with varieties of materials and tools, trail walks on HMA’s nature trails and gallery games. Through game-based learning, children learn how to interact with others, accomplish tasks and practice 21st century skills. Parents are able to drop off their children for this half-day camp experience. This camp is full.

STEAM Camp,  completed 3rd-6th grades

July 24-28, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Science, technology, engineering, art and math merge in this fun and exploratory camp experience. Kinetic and potential energy, seismographs and studies of pendulums are just some of the activities campers will examine.

Nature Camp, completed 3rd-6th grades

July 31 – August 4, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

During the mornings campers will discover and explore the natural woodland habitat while hiking along the museum’s trails all the way to the creek. Afternoons will take place inside, examining soil, worms, and pollinators.

Classes & Workshops Spring 2017

Spring Studio Tour

Saturdays from 1-3pm
$20 per session. Come and enjoy demonstrations by area artists.  Each Saturday from 1-3 p.m., a different artist will show his or her unique skills and talents in a chosen medium. Pre-registration is not required. 

March 4, Black & White Photography with Larry Rees, Studio 3
Larry will provide equipment and supplies and will demonstrate the process of printing from a negative.  Participants can bring their own negatives (35 mm or above) or negatives will be provided. Expect to leave with a finished product.

March 11, Animals on Clay, Illustration Techniques with Michelle Strader, Studio 4
Michelle will be applying various drawing and traditional ceramic techniques on clay to create rich, layered surfaces. Using a combination of mishima, sgraffito, paper stencils, and underglazes, she paints and carves portraits of animals and wildlife onto ceramic ware.

March 18, Visionary Art with Charly Jupiter Hamilton, Studio 2
Charly will be working on his artwork for everyone to see.  Filling spaces with dots, swirls, colors and other design elements, Charly invites you into his world of art making.

March 25, Papermaking with Katherine Cox, Studio 2
Katherine will demonstrate the centuries-old art of papermaking, pulling and couching sheets.  Participants will have the opportunity to make their own paper as well.

Figure Drawing

Every 4th Tuesday (January 24, February 28, March 28, April 25, May 23)
6-8:30 p.m.
Studio 1
$10 per session, model fee included

Throughout history artists have drawn from a live model.  This practice not only builds valuable eye/hand coordination, but helps to hone skills in observation.  Line, shadow, form, shape, tone, balance – it’s all there in the human figure. Join fellow artists for an evening in the studio drawing from life. 

There is no need to register for this drop-in class.  Just show up and enjoy drawing with fellow artists.  There will be a monitor present to guide the class.  Bring your own materials: pencil, charcoal, pastels, paper, paints.

Hand Building and Wheel Throwing for Adults

Mondays, February 20 - April 10
6-8 PM (8 sessions)
Instructor: Kathleen Kneafsey
Studio 4 
$180 Members; $205 Non-members

If you have never touched clay, or love it so much that you can’t get enough of it, then this is the class for you. All levels are welcome, as participants will have the chance to explore a wide variety of methods used to create both functional as well as sculptural ceramic pieces. New techniques will be demonstrated each week to introduce and improve skills through the use of the potter’s wheel, extruder, slab roller and various hand building methods. 

Surface decoration and glazing techniques will also be explored with the use of colored slips and glazes.  Students will complete their work by experiencing various firing methods, utilizing the electric kilns as well as the gas kiln. 

First 25 lbs of clay is included in class price.  Additional clay is $10/25 lbs.

Open Studio

Wednesdays, February 22 - April 12
(8 sessions)
6-8 p.m.
Monitor: Kathleen Kneafsey
Studios 4 & 5, $15 per evening

Take a break at the end of your hectic day and make some art! Open Studio welcomes artists to work on their own, utilizing the museum’s facilities, equipment and open studio space. If you are interested in pottery, then Studio 4 is the place for you with potter’s wheels, a slab roller, an extruder, glazing materials and more. Clay is $10/25 lbs. If you are interested in printmaking, then you will want to be in Studio 5 with the printing press.  And if you want to just make art in the company of fellow artists, then come along, join in the fun and share the space.

Summer Open Studio

Wednesdays, May 3 - June 7
(6 sessions)
6-8 p.m.
Monitor: Kathleen Kneafsey
Studios 4 & 5, $15 per evening

See above for course description.

Where There's Smoke, There's Fire! - Raku, Smoke, Horsehair Techniques

Mondays, July 3-31
(5 sessions)
6-8 p.m.
Monitor: Kathleen Kneafsey
Studios 4
$120 members; $145 Non-members

This class will exclusively explore three different alternative firing methods – raku, smoke and horsehair. Students will make work using various clay bodies, culminating in the three different firing experiences.  

Basic Photographic Techniques

Wednesdays, March 15 - April 19
(6 sessions)
6-8 p.m.
Instructor: Larry Rees
Studio 3
$95 Members; $120 Non-members

Learn how to use your new camera! This intensive workshop will cover a broad range of valuable information for photographers: how to use your equipment, composition/lighting/presentation and traditional darkroom/digital darkroom/macro photo. Also included will be brief lectures and off-site field trips. Participants can use either 35mm or digital cameras.

Intermediate/Advanced Photographic Techniques

Thursdays, March 2 - April 6
(6 sessions)
6-8 p.m.
Instructor: Larry Rees
Studio 3
$95 Members; $120 Non-members

Hold onto your hat – this class will be full of valuable learning. A quick review of camera operations and camera controls will enable participants to explore the use of filters for color and black & white – including how to make filters. Working with and without shadows and reflections will be explored, as well as use of studio lighting and posing techniques. And, of course, being able to see and get the photo you want!

Drawing Basics

Saturdays, April 1 - April 22
(4 sessions)
1-3 p.m.
Instructor: Gerry Enrico
Studio 3
$85 Members; $110 Non-members

During this class participants will acquire drawing skills by exploring a variety of materials and techniques.  The class will begin with pencil and charcoal, studying proportion and shading, and move on to drawing with color.  Participants should bring an 8 x 10 photograph of what they want to draw.

Basic Watercolor

Tuesdays, April 4 - May 30
(9 sessions)
10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Instructor: Lisa Walden
Studio 2
$180 Members; $205 Non-members

In this class you will learn simple and basic techniques that will open your eyes to the magic of watercolor painting. Experimentation and practice will yield amazing and exciting results as your images emerge on paper. A supply list will be provided at the first class. Just bring yourself and eager anticipation.

Advanced Watercolor

Wednesdays, April 5 - May 31
(9 sessions)
10 a.m. -1 p.m.
Instructor: Lisa Walden
Studio 2
$180 Members; $205 Non-members

Advanced watercolorists will have the opportunity to work in a creative environment with fellow artists. What a great opportunity to share ideas, and explore new and innovative techniques.

Evening Painting

Thursdays, April 6 - June 1
(9 sessions)
7-9:30 p.m.
Instructor: Lisa Walden
Studio 2
$180 Members; $205 Non-members

Need to be surrounded by creativity, in a studio setting? This evening painting class is just what need. This class is open for all skill levels and paint mediums. This class is scheduled in the evenings for the busy professional or stay-at-home parent who needs an evening to be creative. During this class you will learn basic brushwork and color mixing while having the opportunity to explore and share techniques with fellow participants.

For Teens

Creativity with Clay

Sundays, February 12 - March 5
(4 sessions)
2-4 p.m.
Instructor: Kathleen Kneafsey
Studio 4
$65 Members; $80 Non-members
Middle school/high school

What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than elbow-deep in clay? Students will learn all the methods of hand building, as well as how to throw on the potter’s wheel. Throughout this 4-week class there will be unlimited opportunities for building skills in clay and self-expression through making and decorating your unique creations. All materials included in price.

For Kids

Homeschool Art - Making with the Masters

Thursdays, March 2, March 16, March 23 & March 30
(4 sessions)
10 -11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Kathleen Kneafsey
Studio 4

K-12 grades (children 6 and younger must be accompanied by an adult)

Students will explore painting, printmaking, and ceramics, while observing examples in each media of master artists throughout history from the Museum's own collection.
$45 Members; $55 Non-members
$5 Each additional child


Saturday KidsArt (for children K-5th grades)

Every Saturday, 1-3 p.m.
Instructors: Grace Skiles, Zoe Myers, Kaitlin Donnally
Studio 5

Saturday KidsArt is the place to be to enjoy adventures in creativity and self-expression. Immerse yourselves in art making with pastels, paints, papers, along with varieties of materials and processes. Kids, bring your parents and grandparents and have a great time! FREE thanks to the generous sponsorship of Cabell Huntington Hospital.