Classes and Workshops

 

Class & Workshop Schedule


The Massillon Museum first became a Blue Star Museum in 2014. As a Blue Star Museum, the Massillon Museum offers a discount on classes, event tickets, and Museum shop purchases to the nation's active duty military personnel currently serving in the United States Military—Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard (including Reservists, National Guardsman regardless of status, US Public Health Commissioned Corps, and NOAA Commissioned Corps)—and up to five family members. The Blue Star Museums program runs from Armed Forces Day through Labor Day each year, but active duty military personnel are able to receive these discounts at MassMu year-round upon request. Please call 330-833-4061 or stop by the Museum to register for programs or make purchases at the Museum shop using this discount.

To learn more or find other participating museums, visit arts.gov/BlueStarMuseums.

Through Museums for All, those receiving food assistance (SNAP benefits) can gain free or reduced admission to more than 600 museums throughout the United States simply by presenting their EBT card. The Massillon Museum will extend annual member benefits to those with EBT cards for just half the price of regular membership rates, so you and your family can enjoy all the magic and wonder here.  If you receive food assistance, simply present your EBT card when you arrive or give us a call at 330-833-4061 to receive this specially priced membership rate.

To learn more or find other participating museums, visit www.Museums4All.org.

 

Do the Mu

 

FREE workshops for all ages! Do the Mu is the first Saturday of every month.  Join us for a different art or history workshop taught by local artists or Museum staff. Try something new!  

 

Do the Mu on April 1, 2023: Introduction to Weaving with Allison Smith from 12:00 to 2:00pm

Join the Massillon Museum and instructor Allison Smith on Saturday, April 1, for a Weaving Do the Mu. Participants will learn the basics of weaving on a small frame loom and will learn how to build simple patterns such as stripes and basketweave. Participants are encouraged to bring additional alternative materials to explore weaving with, such as fabric strips, paper, and plastic bags! All ages are welcome and all supplies will be provided. Guests can drop in anytime between 12:00 and 2:00 p.m. T´╗┐his program is held in conjunction with the NEA Big Read in Massillon. NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. For more information about programs in Massillon, Stark County, and beyond celebrating the 2023 NEA Big Read selection, Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu, visit www.MassillonMuseum.org/BigRead.

Allison Hope Smith Hernandez (b. 1991) is an Ohio native artist and arts administrator. Smith is a double alumnus of Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, holding a BFA (2014) and MFA (2018) in studio art with a concentration in textiles. Smith works as the Operations & Digital Media Manager for FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art, Cleveland, Ohio. Smith previously served as the Graduate Assistant to the Director of the Kent State University School of Art Collection & Galleries, and as Museum Assistant for Massillon Museum. Smith has exhibited in Ohio, as well as in Milwaukee, WI; Muncie, IN; Savannah, GA; and in New York City. One of Smith’s weavings was displayed from 2021–2023 in the US Ambassador to Burkina Faso’s residence in Ouagadougou.

 

 

 

 

Ceramics

Ceramics Open Studio: Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10:00am to 4:00pm

When you register, select your preferred day, and stay for as short or as long as you would like during the 10:00am-4:00pm time frame!

The cost for Open Studio is $50 per nonmember per month, or $40 per member per month. Attendees may bring their own clay or purchase a 25-pound bag of clay from MassMu for $20. 

All Open Studio registrants must have taken a pottery class previously, whether at MassMu or another institution, so they are comfortable working independently because Open Studio is not led by an instructor. Masks are required to be worn at all times during Ceramics Open Studio.

Please note that the MassMu LL kilns fire at 04/06 for bisque firing and 6 for glaze firing.

Space is limited, so please call 330-833-4061 x104 with any questions or to register!

 

Family Clay - Sundays, April 2, May 7, and June 4, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. each date

Families are invited to this all-ages workshop to make clay masterpieces during the Massillon Museum's Family Clay workshops. Registration is limited and can be completed at MassillonMuseum.org/Tickets or by calling 330-833-4061. The fee, $25 ($20 for MassMu members) per person, includes all supplies. Registration is separate for each Family Clay workshop date.

 

Tots 'n' Pots - Sundays, April 23, May 21, and June 25, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. each date

Children ages three through eight are invited to make their own clay masterpieces during the Massillon Museum’s Tots 'n' Pots workshops. Registration is limited and can be completed at MassillonMuseum.org/Tickets or by calling 330-833-4061. The fee, $25 ($20 for MassMu members) per adult/child pair, includes all supplies. Registration is separate for each Tots 'n' Pots workshop date.

 

Art Happy Hour: Ceramic Mug Demo with PJ Hargraves & Taylor Sijan - Saturday, April 29, from 3:00 to 6:00pm

Join the Massillon Museum and ceramicists Taylor Sijan and PJ Hargraves for an Art Happy Hour ceramic mug demo on Saturday, April 29! In this three-hour session, Taylor and PJ will demonstrate how they use a variety of techniques to create ceramic mugs. Attendees will see their unique approaches to wheel throwing, handbuilding, handle-making, and trimming. Suitable for all levels. Open to ages 18 and older. This program is co-sponsored by the Canton Ceramic Artists Guild. Attendees are able to purchase food from Greatness Cafe in the MassMu lobby until 4:00 p.m. A cash bar will be available to guests age 21 or older throughout the event.

Taylor Sijan is a full-time studio artist from Catawba Island, Ohio. She earned a BFA in 3D Arts from Bowling Green State University (2016) and an MFA with ceramics emphasis from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2021). In 2020, Taylor was named one of Ceramics Monthly’s Emerging Artists. These days, she enjoys traveling to teach techniques to students and has demonstrated at institutions including Pocosin Arts School of Fine Craft, Peters Valley School of Craft, Wooten Clayworks, Gasworks NYC, and Saratoga Clay Arts Center. When she’s not in the studio, she is usually gardening, hiking, or spending time with her two cats.

PJ Hargraves is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and is currently the 3D Technician for the Myers School of Art at the University of Akron. In addition to working at Myers, PJ is an adjunct faculty member at Cuyahoga Community College and teaches continuing education at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Before moving to Ohio, PJ was an Artist in Residence at the LUX Center for the Arts in Lincoln, Nebraska, for two years. PJ earned an MFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2020, and a BFA in Ceramics from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in 2017 along with a K-12 Art Education Certificate. During undergraduate school PJ worked for two consecutive summers as a staff member at Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts in 2015 and 2016 in Newcastle, Maine. PJ was also an invited participant in the first Mid-Atlantic Keramik Exchange Residency in Reykjavik, Iceland in 2019. PJ has exhibited his work both nationally and internationally and is the recipient of numerous grants and awards. To name a few highlights In 2023, PJ will be exhibiting his work at the NCECA conference in Cincinnati, Ohio, and will have a solo exhibition at KINK Contemporary in Cleveland, Ohio. In addition to teaching classes and workshops for kids and adults, PJ enjoys the labor of the studio, including building and fixing kilns and helping students troubleshoot problems with materials and firing.

Register at www.MassillonMuseum.org/Tickets or by calling 330-833-4061. This program is free for Massillon Museum members, Canton Ceramic Artists Guild members, and students (high school, undergraduate, or graduate) with a valid student ID. The cost is $10 per nonmember/nonstudent.

Image credit top: PJ Hargraves

Image credit bottom: Taylor Sijan

 

Intro to Handbuilding - Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 1 through June 30, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. each date

Hooray for clay! Attendees will learn the basics of handbuilding and working with clay. This class is targeted for ages 13 and up. Ages 8 through 12 may register if an adult also registers for the class and attends with them. Class dates are Tuesdays and Thursdays in June (June 1, June 6, June 8, June 13, June 15, June 20, June 22, June 27, and June 29). The class will take place from 1:00 to 3:00pm each date.

Registration is limited and can be completed at MassillonMuseum.org/Tickets or by calling 330-833-4061. The class fee is inclusive of all nine class dates, tools, and firing. Clay must be purchased from the MassMu Ceramics Studio separately upon arrival on June 1.

The class fee is $165/MassMu member or $180/nonmember, plus clay ($20 for 25 lbs).

 

Classes, Workshops, & Other Programs

Virtual Yoga

Enjoy relaxing Virtual Yoga sessions led by instructor Leslie Schneider! New videos were shared to MassMu's Facebook and YouTube pages each Friday in January through March 2021 and remain available. These videos can be accessed free of charge.

 

Lunchtime Yoga: Fridays from 12:30 to 1:15pm

Lunchtime Yoga takes place at MassMu each Friday from 12:30-1:15pm. Join certified yoga instructors for a relaxing yoga session on the MassMu lawn. Rain/cold location is inside the Museum. Relax and refocus as you are guided through your practice. 

Students must bring their own mats and it is recommended that they bring their own props. This class is beginner friendly. All ages and levels are welcome. Masks are required to be worn at all times during Lunchtime Yoga. The cost is $6 per class or $15 per 3-class bundle. Register upon arrival at the Museum!

 

Springtime Floral Garland Workshop with Lepley & Co. - Sunday, April 23, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Adults and children ages 8 and older are invited to join the Lepley & Co. team at MassMu on Sunday, April 23, starting at 2:30pm! The Lepley & Co. Team will guide you through the steps to making your own garland with springtime florals!

Register at www.MassillonMuseum.org/Tickets  or by calling 330-833-4061. Please register by Thursday, April 20, to reserve your spot! A parent or guardian must purchase a ticket and remain for the duration of the workshop with any minor registrant.

 

April Showers Bring May Flowers with Angelina Verginis - Tuesdays, May 2, May 9, and May 16, from 10:00 to 10:45am each date

Join the Massillon Museum for April Showers Bring May Flowers Workshop Series on Tuesdays, May 2, May 9, and May 16. These workshops will focus on a floral theme through various media. Students in preschool through first grade will work with the instructor from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. 

Registration is limited and can be completed at www.MassillonMuseum.org/Tickets or by calling 330-833-4061. The cost is $75 ($65 member) per child and includes all workshop dates and all supplies.

 

Florals Workshop with Angelina Verginis - Saturday, May 13, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Students in grades 3 through 8 are invited to this Florals Workshop from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 13. Children will construct floral masterpieces using paper, paint, found objects, and more with art educator Angelina Verginis.

Registration is limited and can be completed at www.MassillonMuseum.org/Tickets or by calling 330-833-4061. The cost is $70 ($60 member) per child and includes all supplies. 

 

Macrame Pot Hangers Workshop with Lepley & Co. - Saturday, May 20, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Adults and children ages 8 and older are invited to join the Lepley & Co. team at MassMu on Saturday, May 20, starting at 1:30pm! MassMu invites the public to join the Lepley & Co. crew for a workshop in how to use macrame yarn to create pot hangers!

Register at www.MassillonMuseum.org/Tickets or by calling 330-833-4061. Please register by Thursday, May 18, to reserve your spot! A parent or guardian must purchase a ticket and remain for the duration of the workshop with any minor registrant.

 

From Sunflower Days to Starry Nights with Angelina Verginis - Tuesdays, June 6, June 13, and June 20, from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. each date

Join the Massillon Museum for the From Sunny Days to Starry Nights Workshop Series on Tuesdays, June 6, June 13, and June 20. Children will learn about Vincent van Gogh through various media in this three-part series led by art educator Angelina Verginis. Students in preschool through first grade will work with the instructor from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m.

Registration is limited and can be completed at www.MassillonMuseum.org/Tickets or by calling 330-833-4061. The cost is $75 ($65 member) per child and includes all workshop dates and all supplies.

 

Van Gogh Workshop with Angelina Verginis - Saturday, June 10, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Join the Massillon Museum for a Vincent van Gogh Workshop on Saturday, June 10. Children will dive into the artwork of Vincent van Gogh and put their own twist on a familiar masterpiece with art educator Angelina Verginis. Students in Grade 3 through Grade 8 will work with the instructor from 10:00 to 12:00 p.m.

Registration is limited and can be completed at www.MassillonMuseum.org/Tickets or by calling 330-833-4061. The cost is $70 ($60 member) per child and includes all supplies.

 

Painting Pot Gardens Workshop with Lepley & Co. - Saturday, June 10, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Adults and children ages 8 and older are invited to join the Lepley & Co. team at MassMu on Saturday, June 10, starting at 1:00pm! Join the Lepley & Co. team for an afternoon of painting. In this workshop, the Lepley & Co. team will walk you through painting plant pots.

Register at www.MassillonMuseum.org/Tickets or by calling 330-833-4061. Please register by Thursday, June 8, to reserve your spot! A parent or guardian must purchase a ticket and remain for the duration of the workshop with any minor registrant.

 

 

2023 NEA Big Read Massillon Museum Programs

Saturday, April 1

1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

2023 NEA Big Read Massillon Kickoff

Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way E., Massillon, OH 44646

Join the Massillon Museum for the 2023 NEA Big Read Kickoff celebrating Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu and pick up your free copy of the book! Massillon Public Library will be onsite with the Bookmobile. Enjoy receptions for the complementary exhibitions Accessible Expressions Ohio in the Aultman Health Foundation Gallery and Finding Identity: Heritage as Inspiration in the Fred F. Silk Community Room Gallery and Flex Gallery. Exhibition remarks will begin at 2:00 p.m. in Gessner Hall.

Free. No registration required.

Wednesday, April 12

6:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

College Readiness Program with KSU Stark

Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way E., Massillon, OH 44646

Join Lester Sanders from Kent State Stark for a free presentation about college readiness, financial aid, first-generation student experience, and more.  Lester Sanders helps students, student-athletes, and young adults excel by providing college, career, and life strategies. In this inspiring College Readiness 101 Program, Lester will empower college-bound students and parents with the core strategies to navigate the high school to college transition successfully. For more information, visit LesterSanders.com and Youtube.com/@LesterSpeaks.

Free. Register at MassMu.org/Tickets or call 330-833-4061.

Thursday, April 13

6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Concept to Completion: Screenwriting Workshop

Massillon Museum Zoom

So, you have a great idea you think could translate to a movie. But how do you develop that concept into a logline summarizing the entire story in only one or two sentences? How do you then transform that logline into an outline? And, that outline into a fully formed. feature-length screenplay that attracts the attention of decisionmakers? Screenwriting isn't an exact science. Every writer has their own method. In this workshop, writer George Nicholis will explain what's worked for him, how he's honed his process, and what he's still learning.

Free. Register at MassMu.org/Tickets or call 330-833-4061.

Saturday, April 15

12:00 to 3:00 p.m

BeYoutiful Weirdo Workshop

Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way E., Massillon OH 44646

MassMu invites the public to join artist BeYoutiful Weirdo Founder and Executiv Director Ke'Aunte Harris for a "What I See When I Look at Me" self-portrait workshop where she will demonstrate how to make a self-portrait in the form of a magazine cover. This workshop is geared toward students in third grade or older.

Free. Register at MassMu.org/Tickets or call 330-833-4061.

Thursday, April 20

Starting at 7:00 p.m.

Finding Identity Artist Panel

Massillon Museum Facebook Live

Join Finding Identity: Heritage as Inspiration guest curator Tim Arai and artists Aimee Lee, Chi Wong, and Jordan Wong for a live online panel to discuss the exhibition and the artists' work.

Free. No registration required. A Facebook account is not needed to attend.

Saturday, April 22

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

PBS Asian Americans Film Screening

Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way E., Massillon, OH, 44646

Join MassMu for these free screenings of two episodes of the PBS documentary series Asians Americans. The series chronicles the contributions and challenges of Asian Americans. Personal histories and new academic research cast a fresh lens on US history and the role Asian Americans have played in it. The first screening will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

EPISODE 1 BREAKING GROUND: In an era of exclusion and US empire, new immigrants arrive from China, India, Japan, the Philippines and beyond. Barred by anti-Asian laws they become America’s first “undocumented immigrants,” yet they build railroads, dazzle on the silver screen, and take their fight for equality to the US Supreme Court.

Free. Register at MassMu.org/Tickets or call 330-833-4061. Registration is separate for each screening. Attend one or both!

Saturday, April 22

2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

PBS Asian Americans Film Screening

Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way E., Massillon, OH 44646

Join MassMu for these free screenings of two episodes of the PBS documentary series Asians Americans. The series chronicles the contributions and challenges of Asian Americans. Personal histories and new academic research cast a fresh lens on US history and the role Asian Americans have played in it. The second screening will take place from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

EPISODE 3 GOOD AMERICANS: During the Cold War years, Asian Americans are simultaneously heralded as a Model Minority, and targeted as the perpetual foreigner. It is also a time of bold ambition, as Asian Americans aspire for the first time to national political office and a coming culture-quake simmers beneath the surface.

Free. Register at MassMu.org/Tickets or call 330-833-4061. Registration is separate for each screening. Attend one or both!

Tuesday, April 25

12:10 to 12:50 p.m.

Brown Bag Lunch featuring Brian Hayashi

Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way E., Massillon, OH 44646

Brian Masaru Hayashi, Professor of History at Kent State University will present "Who Do You Believe? The Office of Strategic Services and Asian Americans, 1945." Admission to Brown Bag Lunches is free, and no reservations are required. The Museum provides free cookies and coffee for attendees. Guests can purchase sandwiches, salad, and smoothies at Greatness Cafe in the Museum lobby or they can bring their own lunches.

Free. No registration required.

Wednesday, April 26

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Book Discussion with Christina Haas

Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way E., Massillon, OH 44646

As a part of the 2023 NEA Big Read, the Massillon Museum invites the public to a book discussion of the book selection Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu on Wednesday, April 26, at 11:00 a.m.

Free. Register at MassMu.org/Tickets or call 330-833-4061.

Thursday, April 27

Starting at 7:00 p.m.

Keynote Presentation with Author Charles Yu

Massillon Museum's Facebook Live

Virtual discussion on Facebook Live with Charles Yu about his work and Interior Chinatown. Via Zoom. Livestreamed to the Museum's Facebook. A recording will also be shared to the Museum's YouTube page and aired via Massillon Cable Television following the program. A Facebook account is not required to attend the program.

Charles Yu is the author of four books, including Interior Chinatown (the winner of the 2020 National Book Award for fiction), and the novel How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe (a New York Times Notable Book and a Time magazine best book of the year). He received the National Book Foundation's 5 Under 35 Award and was nominated for two Writers Guild of America Awards for his work on the HBO series, Westworld. He has also written for shows on FX, AMC, and HBO. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Wired, among other publications. Together with TaiwaneseAmerican.org, he established the Betty L. Yu and Jin C. Yu Writing Prizes, in honor of his parents.

Free. No registration required.

 


To learn more about the NEA Big Read, visit www.arts.gov/initiatives/nea-big-read. For a complete listing of NEA Big Read programs in Massillon, Stark County, and beyond, visit www.MassillonMuseum.org/big-read.

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.




Cancellation Policy

If the Massillon Museum cancels a class or workshop, the Museum will issue a refund to all registered individuals.

Refund requests received from students will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Refunded students will be responsible for paying any payment processing fees.

  


Please call Stephanie Toole, Education and Outreach Manager, at 330-833-4061 ext. 104 or email sltoole@massillonmuseum.org if you have questions about Education Department programming, or if you are interested in teaching a class or workshop.

 
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