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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 February 4, 2023: I Am...About Me with Ke'Aunte Harris from 12:00 to 2:00pm

Join the Massillon Museum and instructor Ke'Aunte Harris on Saturday, February 4, for an "I Am...About Me" Do the Mu. This activity will help those participating speak positively about themselves. On the canvas, each participant will create a sun and on the sun's rays they will find words that describe who they are. Everyone will color their canvas with markers, being as creative as they choose to be! All ages are welcome and all supplies will be provided. Guests can drop in anytime between 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.

Ke'Aunte Harris, mom to a little prince named La'Bryant, is the executive director and founder of BeYoutiful Weirdo mentoring program, serving over 100 girls in Stark County. She currently runs a program called "Art & Conversation." She taught for fifteen years as a preschool teacher and now works in the Massillon City School District. Ke'Aunte is the author of A Positive Life Is a Happy Life: Motivation For You and Me and the One Girl One Woman One Goal: One Can Change the World in One Day workbook. She is the 2019 Ruby Award Winner and a 2019 Twenty Under 40 candidate. When Ke'Aunte is not busy trying to make the world a better place, she enjoys reading, journal writing, and meditating.

    

 

 

Ceramics

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

Open Studio has concluded for 2022 and will resume as of the first week of January 2023.

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, January 15 and February 12, from 2:30 to 3:30pm each date

Families are invited to these all-ages workshops to make clay masterpieces in the Ceramics Studio. Registration is limited and can be completed at MassillonMuseum.org/Tickets or by calling 330-833-4061. The fee, $20 ($15 for MassMu members) per person, includes all supplies. Registration is separate for each Family Clay workshop date.

 

Tots 'n' Pots - Sundays, January 29, February 26, and March 26, from 2:30 to 3:30pm 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, $20 ($15 for MassMu members) per adult/child pair, includes all supplies. Registration is separate for each Tots 'n' Pots workshop date.

 

Valentine's Clay Date - Friday, February 10, from 6:00 to 7:30pm

Couples are invited to enjoy a fun Valentine's Clay Date making mugs in MassMu's Ceramics Studio on Friday, February 10, from 6:00 to 7:30pm! Register at MassillonMuseum.org/Tickets or by calling 330-833-4061. The workshop cost is $40/MassMu member couple or $50/nonmember couple. Registration includes all supplies.

 

Un-Valentine's Clay Workshop - Thursday, February 16, from 6:00 to 7:30pm

Singles or friends are invited to enjoy a fun Un-Valentine's Clay Workshop making mugs in MassMu's Ceramics Studio on Thursday, February 16, from 6:00 to 7:30pm! Register at MassillonMuseum.org/Tickets or by calling 330-833-4061. The workshop cost is $20/MassMu member or $25/nonmember. Registration includes all supplies.

 

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!

Yoga will not be held on December 23 or December 30, 2022. We look forward to welcoming students on Friday, January 6, 2023!

 

Drawing II for Teens and Adults with Joshua Bruner - Tuesdays, January 3, January 10, January 17, and January 24, from 5:30 to 7:30pm each date

Join the Massillon Museum and instructor Joshua Bruner for Drawing II for Teens and Adults on Tuesdays, January 3, 10, 17, and 24, from 5:30-7:30pm! This course builds upon skills learned in Drawing I and introduces shading, or value contrast, as well as the elements and principles of compositional design. Media include charcoal and pen. Prerequisite: Drawing I or a comparable course at another institution.

Registration is limited and can be completed at www.MassillonMuseum.org/Tickets or by calling 330-833-4061. The cost is $90/MassMu member or $100/nonmember. The class fee is inclusive of all dates and supplies.

 

Flower Print Painting Workshop with Lepley & Co. - Saturday, January 21, from 12:00 to 1:00pm 

Adults and children ages 8 and older are invited to join the Lepley & Co. team at MassMu on Saturday, January 21, from 12:00 to 1:00pm! Lepley & Co. staff will guide you through the basics of print painting with flowers. 

Register at www.MassillonMuseum.org/Tickets or by calling 330-833-4061. Please register by Thursday, January 18, to reserve your spot! The cost is $35 ($32 member) per person.

 

Art Exploration Workshop Series with Angelina Verginis - Tuesdays, February 7, February 14, and February 21

Join the Massillon Museum for an Art Exploration Workshop Series on Tuesdays, February 7, February 14, and February 21. Children will explore different media including collage, paint, sculpture, and drawing 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.

Students in second through fourth grade will work with the instructor from 11:00 to 11:45 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.

These workshops are geared towards homeschool students but are open to all students. Summer sessions will be available.

 

Dried Flower Charms Workshop with Lepley & Co. - Sunday, February 26, from 2:30 to 3:30pm

Adults and children ages 8 and older are invited to join the Lepley & Co. team at MassMu on Saturday, February 26, from 2:30-3:30pm! The Lepley & Co. team will guide you through making charms using dried flowers. 

Register at www.MassillonMuseum.org/Tickets or by calling 330-833-4061. Please register by Thursday, February 23, to reserve your spot. The cost is $35 ($32 member) per person.

 

Soul Food Junkies Film Screening and Q&A with Filmmaker Byron Hurt - Wednesday, March 1, from 6:30 to 8:00pm

Enjoy a free screening of the documentary Soul Food Junkies and explore the emotional and health advantages of soul food, the quintessential American cuisine. A Q&A with filmmaker Byron Hurt will take place following the film. Reserve your free ticket via MassMu's Eventbrite page, www.MassillonMuseum.org/Tickets, or call 330-833-4061. A cash bar will be available during the event.

Food traditions are hard to change,‭ ‬especially when they're passed on from generation to generation. Soul Food Junkies blends history,‭ ‬humor,‭ ‬and heartwarming stories to place culinary traditions under the microscope.

Byron Hurt is an award-winning documentary filmmaker. His acclaimed documentary film, Soul Food Junkies, chronicled the history and legacy of soul food for PBS. A former Northeastern University football player, Byron is a published writer, anti-sexism activist, and lecturer. He is also the former host of the Emmy-nominated television show, Reel Works with Byron Hurt. Since 1993, he has been using his craft, his voice, and his writings to broaden and deepen how people think about gender, race, sex, violence, music, and visual media. Because of his work, Hurt has lectured at hundreds of campuses, presented at numerous professional conferences, and trained thousands of young men and women on cutting-edge issues. To learn more about Byron Hurt and Soul Food Junkies, visit www.bhurt.com.

This program is held in partnership with the Kent Area (OH) Chapter of the Links, Incorporated.

 

 

Seed Bombs Workshop with Lepley & Co. - Saturday, March 18, from 12:00 to 1:00pm

MassMu invites adults and children ages 8 and older to join the Lepley & Co. team on Saturday, March 18, from 12:00-1:00pm! The Lepley & Co. team will guide you through how to make seed bombs for planting. 

Register at www.MassillonMuseum.org/Tickets or by calling 330-833-4061. Please register by Thursday, March 16, to reserve your spot! The cost is $35 ($32 member) per person.

 

Drawing Cartoon Environments with Douglas Laubacher - Saturday, March 18, from 1:00 to 3:00pm

Participants ages 8 and older are invited to join instructor Douglas Laubacher for Drawing Cartoon Environments on Saturday, March 18, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.! From lasagna trays to dog houses, learn to draw the stuff that populates a cartoon world! Pencils and paper are the only materials needed. The workshop fee, $10/member and $15/nonmember, includes all supplies. Register at www.MassillonMuseum.org/Tickets or by calling 330-833-4061.

Douglas Laubacher is a cartoonist and art educator from Northeast Ohio. His comic strip, Unbound, can be read in the Tuscarawas County Bargain Hunter. When Doug isn’t drawing, he can be found traversing the land, teaching the mysterious craft of cartooning in art centers and libraries throughout the region. He is a member of the National Cartoonist Society.

 

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. 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 and students (high school, undergraduate, or graduate) with a valid student ID. The cost is $10 per nonmember/nonstudent.

 

 


 

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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