Classes and Workshops


2016 Spring Class Schedule

March to June


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.


April 2:  Mini Butterfly Paperweights with Gary Spangler

Create butterfly mini paperweights to commemorate The Big Read book In the Time of the Butterflies or create your own mini masterpiece.

May 7: Musical Instruments with Emery Thoenen

To celebrate the upcoming MassMu exhibit, Echo: The History of Sound Recording, stop by the Museum to create your own musical instrument.

June 4:  Paper Marbling with Alex Strader

Learn the art of paper marbling and create your own unique stationery for cards.


Open Studio Pottery
Wednesdays, 10:00am-4:00pm
Saturdays, 10:00am-4:00pm
April 2 to June 29
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.
*Participants must register for either Wednesday or Saturday.

Adult Clay with Kaitlyn Gutshall
6-week course
Tuesdays, 5:30-7:00 pm
April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10
Adults and Teens ages 15 and up
Level: Beginner and up
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.

The Big Read-Related Classes

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.

Painting Heritage with Emily Vigil
4-week class
Sundays, 2:30pm – 4:30pm
April 3, 10, 17, 24
Adults and Teens ages 15 and up
Level: Beginner and up
$45 for Members / $50 for Non-Members
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.

Latin Dance with Katy Russell
4-week class
Mondays, 6:00-7:00 pm
April 4, 11, 18, 25
Adults and Teens Ages 15 and older
$45 for Members / $50 for Non-Members  
No partner needed.
This 4-week class will be a fun, casual dance experience to introduce you to Latin movement. Participants will learn beginner merengue and salsa while learning about the cultures from which they originated.

Introduction to Spanish with Ivy Owusu
3-week class
Saturdays, 2:00-3:00 pm
April 9, 16, 23
Grades 1-5
$15-Members / $20-Non-members
Learn Spanish vocabulary while playing games and exploring the Museum.

Butterfly Gardening
1-day workshop
Adult program presented by The Wilderness Center
Saturday, April 23
1:00-2:00 pm
$5 for Members/ $7 for Non-members
Create a yard that is a place where birds, butterflies, mammals and other animals get
nourishment and protection. Learn features and plant types needed for attracting wildlife.

Self-Publishing Workshop with JoAnn Shade
1-day Workshop
Sunday, April 24
2:30-4:00 pm
Ages 18 and up
$15 for Members; $18 for Non-Members
Do you ever dream of holding your own book in your hands?  Author JoAnn Shade will walk you through the process of creating your own book through internet-based print-on-demand opportunities.  This instructional session will review self-publishing options, manuscript preparation, cover design, uploading to self-publishing websites, and the development of a simple marketing plan.



Paint Like Rousseau: Jungle Painting with Diane Gibson
1-day class
Sunday, June 19
2:30-4:30 pm
Grades 1-5
$13 Members / $15 Non-Members
Students will use acrylic paint to make a jungle picture like Henri Rousseau, while learning about this famous artist.


Greek and Roman Mythology with David Harding
3-week class
Tuesdays, 5:00-6:30 pm
June 14, 21, 28
Ages 14 and up
$25 for Members / $30 for Non-Members
Learn the stories of Greek and Roman mythology, the connections to comic book culture, and the parallels to world mythology.


Polymer Clay with Gary Spangler
4-week class
Tuesdays, 5:30-7:00pm
May 3, 10, 17, 24
Ages 15 and up
Level: Beginner and up
$65 member / $70 Non-Member
Create unique and personalized jewelry, while learning the basic and advanced techniques of polymer clay bead making.


Graphic Mobiles with Alex Strader
2-week class
Sundays, 2:30-4pm
May 22, 29    
Grades 5-8
$25 Members / $30 Non-Members
Fuse aspects of cartoons and graphic novels to create a hanging, three dimensional, kinetic sculpture. Tell a story, or display organized chaos with your mobile. The key is balance!

Lo-Fi Youtube Scrolls with Alex Strader
2-week class
Sundays, 2:30-4pm
May 8, 15
Grades 5-8
$22 Members / $25 Non-Members
What did the Egyptians do without things like Twitter and YouTube? Take a look into both ancient and current technological advances and see the differences and similarities by creating your own lo-fi TV scroll.   

Art Experiences with Gary Spangler
3-week class
Saturdays, 1:30-2:45
May 14, 21, 28
Grades 1-4
$25 Members / $30 Non-Members
Learn the basics of drawing, painting, and paper folding while learning about artists and history.


Block Prints with Diane Gibson
1-day class
Saturday, June 18
2-3:30 pm
Grades 1-5
$10 for Members / $15 for Non-Members
Originating in Japan, Gyotaku is a form of printmaking using fish.  Students will learn this form of block printing with nature and fish, as well as traditional forms of block printing.

TomTod Ideas

TomTod Ideas' "Camp What If"
Monday June 6 – Saturday June 11
Grades 6-8
See or call 330.617.4753 for additional camp information, price, and registration.
This week-long camp is an innovation laboratory specifically designed to let middle schoolers learn, dream, and plan how they would tackle the challenges that exist in particular cities. Every day we will explore Art, Improvisation, Dance, Storytelling, and Hip Hop, and we will experience Massillon through immersive field trips.




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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