Classes and Workshops


2016 Winter Class Schedule

January to March


The Massillon Museum first became a Blue Star Museum in 2014.  We are proud to offer a 10% discount on classes, event tickets, and Museum shop purchases year-round to the nation's active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families.


Do the Mu


FREE Workshops, all ages! Do the Mu! is the first Saturday of every month.  Drop in
anytime between 12:00-2:00pm for a different art + history workshop taught by local artists or Museum staff. Try something new!  No registration required; free for all ages.


January 2:  Printmaking with Emery Thoenen
Learn the art of printmaking and create a reproducible artwork.

February 6:  Chinese New Year Kites with Diane Gibson
Happy New Year!  It’s the year of the Monkey. Celebrate the Chinese New Year by making animal zodiac kites.

March 5:  Handmade Books with Gary Spangler
Celebrate The Big Read kickoff by creating handmade books.  Use as a notepad, journal, or the beginning of your own novel!


Valentine’s Couples’ Clay with Kaitlyn Gutshall
1-day workshop
Saturday, Feb. 13
$20 per couple for Members / $25 per couple for Non-Members
Registration includes cost of clay.
Bring in a loved one to celebrate Valentine’s Day!

Adult Clay with Kaitlyn Gutshall
6-week course
Tuesdays, 5:30-7:00 pm
Feb. 9, 16, 23; March 1, 8, 15
Level: Beginner and up
Adults and Teens ages 15 and older
Cost includes one 25-pound bag of clay; additional clay is available for a $20 fee.
$70 for Members / $80 for Non-Members
Learn hand-building, as well as pottery basics and advanced techniques.

Open Studio Pottery
, 10:00am-4:00pm
January 6 to March 30
Prerequisite: MassMu Pottery I or equivalent
Bring your own clay or purchase a 25-pound bag for $20.
$40 per month for Members / $50 per month for Non-Members
Space is limited.


Yoga in the Galleries with The Sangria Stand
Third Saturday of the month, 8:30-9:30am
January 16, February 20, March 19
Level: Beginner and up
All ages
$8 for Members / $10 for Non-Members
Yoga mats available if needed.




Painting Heritage with Emily Vigil
4-week course
Sundays, 2:30-4:30pm
April 3, 10, 17, and 24
Adults and Teens ages 15 and older
Level: Beginner and up
Cost: $45 for Members / $50 for Non-Members
Registration fee includes cost of supplies.
With guidance from landscape painter Emily Vigil, students will explore the topic of landscape, cultural identity, and family heritage.  Students will utilize acrylics, mixed media, and visual sources from their family heritage to create a unique painting. This class connects to the theme of this year’s Big Read.

Butterfly Acrylic Painting with Diane Gibson
1-day workshop
Saturday, March 19
Grades 1-5
Level: Beginner and up
Cost: $10 Member / $15 Non-Member
Registration fee includes cost of supplies.
Students will learn how to paint a butterfly step-by-step.  Artwork will be displayed in MassMu’s lobby when Julia Alvarez—internationally-renowned author of In the Time of the Butterflies—speaks on March 23 for The Big Read keynote.


Kids’ Drawing Basics with Alex Strader
3-day course
Sundays, 3:00-4:00 pm
February 14, 21, 28
Grades 4-8
Level: Beginner and up
Cost: $25 for Members / $30 for Non-Members
Registration fee includes costs of supplies.
Go beyond the typical pencil and white paper and explore ways of creating a drawing with unique techniques.  Use a stick from a tree to make a mark, twirl your body to make a curved line, and stomp on a sheet of paper to create a landscape. All is fair in love of art!


Kids’ Drama Camp with Brayden Frascone
1-day workshop
Saturday, January 9
Grades 5-8
$12 for Members / $15 for Non-Members
Learn the basics of theatre and performing.  Students will engage in games and activities that teach projection, storytelling, acting, and improvisation.


Intro to Photography with Gary Spangler
3-week course
Tuesdays, 5:30-7:00pm
March 1, 8, 15
Adults and Children Ages 12 and older
Level: Beginner
Registration fee includes cost of supplies.
$30 for Members / $35 for Non-Members
Discover some of the earliest methods of capturing images.  Make your own pinhole camera, camera obscura, camera lucida, and photograms.


Kids’ Batik Fashion with Sarah McMahon
2-week course
Saturdays, 1:00-2:30 pm
February 20, 27
Grades 1-6
$20 for Members / $25 for Non-Members
Registration fee includes cost of dye and most supplies.
Participants should bring in a white cotton T-shirt to dye.
Learn the art of Batik.  Decorate and dye a T-shirt and other textiles with your own fashionable designs.

Resist-dye Fashion with Sarah McMahon
2-week course
Saturdays, 1:00-4:00pm
January 16, 23
Adults and Teens ages 15 and older
Level: Beginner and up
Registration fee includes cost of supplies.
$40 for Members / $45 for Non-Members
Learn the art of resist-dyeing.  Decorate a fashionable scarf and other textiles with your own designs.

MassMu Art Explorers

MassMu Art Explorers Kickoff
Thursday, February 25
Ages 14-20
Annual Registration: $30, plus cost of field trips
Get to know your peers interested in the arts while engaging in fun art activities involving studio art, drama, literature, theatre, and more!  Exploring will connect you to professionals in the arts industry, and help you discover your future career.


Download the Registration Form here.

Be sure to attend our FREE Do the Mu! the first Saturday of every month!


Rules for Registration:

  • To register for classes, complete the registration form, downloadable here, or contact Education and Outreach Coordinator April Olsen at the Massillon Museum at (330) 833-4061 ext. 104 or by email.
  • Spaces are limited! Please note the class size and register early.
  • Registration by phone or in person is due 5 days before class begins.
  • Registration by mail must be postmarked 7 business days before class begins.
  • Full payment must be made when registering:
  1. In person (cash—exact change only—credit card or check)
  2. By mail (credit card or check)
  3. Over the phone (credit card)
  • Refunds for cancelled classes will be processed in 3-6 weeks and returned by check in the mail.
  • ALL art projects must be removed from the classroom or ceramics room 7 days after the last day of class or they become property of the Massillon Museum and used at staff discretion.


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