Classes and Workshops


2016 Summer Class Schedule

May to September


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.


June 4:  Paper Marbling with Alex Strader

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

July 2: Quilling with Demi Edwards

Learn the art of quilling while recycling! Quilling is the art of rolling and shaping paper strips into beautiful designs. Make your own version using recycled magazines and paper.

August 6: Photo Transfers with Gary Spangler

Celebrate the birthdays of historic Massillon photographers, Nell Dorr and Belle Johnson, through photo transfer art.

September 3: Tiger Swing Band Paper Cutting with Gary Spangler

Kick off the football season and celebrate the exhibit Paul Brown and the Tiger Swing Band through tiger and music paper cutting


Open Studio Pottery
Wednesdays, 10:00am-4:00pm
Saturdays, 10:00am-4:00pm
May 18 to September 28
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.

Wheel Throwing with Kaitlyn Gutshall
6-week class
Tuesdays, 5:30-7:00 pm
September 6, 13, 20, 27; October 4, 11
Adults and Teens, ages 15 and older
Level: Beginner and up
Cost includes one 25-pound bag of clay; additional clay is available for a $20 fee.
$100 for Members / $110 for Non-Members

Learn the basics of wheel throwing and create your own utilitarian pottery.

Early Childhood

Mia Meow's Art Adventures with BZTAT
3-week class
Sundays, 2:30-3:15 pm
July 24, 31; August 7
Ages 4-6
$32 Members / $35 Non-Members
*An adult must accompany child.

Follow Mia Meow's adventures as she tells stories for children and explores her world through art and other creative activities. Mia makes learning fun! Creative projects will reinforce learning during the summer months. Check out


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.

Pet Portraits with BZTAT
2-week workshop
Saturdays, 2:30-4:30 pm
July 23, 30
Ages 18 and older
$90 Non-Members; $80 Members or Pet Members; $75 Members with a Pet Member
*A photo of your pet must be submitted to by July 13.  

Learn to paint a portrait of your pet in artist BZTAT's world famous style. Create a colorful artwork that reflects the unique characteristics of your pet in a pop art style.

Acrylic Painting with Emily Vigil
4-week class
Sundays, 2:30-4:30 pm
September 25; October 2, 9, 16
Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Adults and Teens, ages 15 and older
$50 Member/ $55 Non-Member

Learn about color mixing to create brilliant highlights and vibrant shadows as you paint one canvas from life and another from your chosen photographic source.


Greek and Roman Mythology with David Harding
3-week class
Tuesdays, 5:00-6:30 pm
June 14, 21, 28
Ages 14 and older
$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.


Figure Drawing with Alex Strader
5-week workshop
Sundays, 2:30-4:30pm
August 21, 28; September 4, 11, 18   
Ages 18 and older
$90 Members / $100 Non-Members

This class will teach you to build a figure drawing from a rough sketch to final shading.


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!

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.

Shadow Puppets with Gary Spangler
3-week class
Tuesdays, 5:30-7:00 pm
August 2, 9, 16
Grades 5-8
$40 Member/ $45 Non-Member

Learn the art of shadow puppets by drawing, painting, and cutting your own puppet. Then perform a play!

Musical Art with BZTAT
3-week class
Tuesdays, 6:00-7:00 pm
August 23, 30; September 6
Grades 1-5
$40 Member/ $45 Non-Member

Explore artworks through history that have been influenced by sounds and music. Draw, paint, and collage artwork inspired by music. This class celebrates MassMu's exhibit, Echo: The Early History of Sound Recording.

Create a Personal Icon with Readapt exhibit artist Kristen Cliffel
1-day workshop
Saturday, September 10
1:00-4:00 pm
Adults and Teens, ages 13 and older
$40 Member/ $45 Non-Member*
*Cost covers most supplies. Participants should bring their own mementos to be included in the work. All other materials provided.

You know those little mementos and objects that accumulate in junk drawers and shoe boxes? Have you kept ticket stubs, baby teeth, and the like because they trigger a memory or an emotion? Join Cleveland-based artist Kristin Cliffel, who is featured in MassMu's Readapt exhibit, to create a three-dimensional work of art that tells your story! Students will also delve into the history of collage/assemblage and learn about Kristen and Martha Cliffel's art.


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.



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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