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ADULT CLASSES

Adult Classes

Oriental Rugs for Beginners
Saturday April 9, 10-3 pm
$50 ($40 Members); limited to 25
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Learn the basics of Oriental rugs from Saint Louis Art Museum conservator Zoe Perkins and Asadorian Rug Company proprietor Richard Asadorian. Through a slide presentation, hands-on demonstration, and a visit to the exhibition, The Carpet and the Connosseur, students will learn about regions of production, major styles, history, and basic care and repair. Box lunch is optional for an additional fee.
YOUTH CLASSES

Youth Classes


Wee Wednesdays
Third Wednesday of each Month:
January 20, February 17, March 16
April 20, May 18, June 15
10:30–11:30 am

Free; pre-registration is required. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Perfect for pre-kindergarteners and their parents. This hour-long Museum experience allows tots to use their imaginations during a gallery tour, story time, and a hands-on art project.

Registration is open for the following dates:
April 20
May 18
June 15

For April 20 class, registration opens March 18
For May 18 class, registration opens April 22
For June 15 class, registration opens May 20


Summer Art Classes for ages 6-8

Join us to look at and make amazing art- no experience necessary. Museum classes give young learner the opportunity to explore different cultures, time periods, and of course, art! Pre-registration is required for all classes. All students must be dropped off at the South Building Entrance. From Fine Arts Drive, follow the signs to the Education Center.

Students staying for a half or full day of classes are encouraged to bring a bottle of water and a snack each day. Students staying for a full day of classes should pack a lunch each day that does not require refrigeration or heating.

Mummies vs. Knights
Tuesday, July 12–Friday, July 15
9:00am–noon
$125 ($100 Members)

What’s your child’s favorite work of art in the Museum? Is it the Egyptian mummy or the suit of armor? Students will visit some of the most popular and kid-friendly galleries in the Museum and then create their own artwork based on what they see.
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Paint Studio
Tuesday, July 12–Friday, July 15
1:00–4:00 pm
$125 ($100 Members)

Have a budding young artist itching to release their inner Picasso? Let them paint it out at the Museum. Students will explore painting with watercolors and acrylics and produce their own works on canvas and paper.
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Heroes and Heroines
Tuesday, July 19–Friday, July 22
9:00am–noon
$125 ($100 Members)

Heroes aren’t hard to find at the Saint Louis Art Museum. Step outside to see Hercules fighting off the three-headed hydra or hunt for gods and goddesses in our Egyptian galleries. Each day of class will feature a Museum hero or heroine along with an activity inspired by that work of art.
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Monster Mingle
Tuesday, July 19–Friday, July 22
1:00–4:00 pm
$125 ($100 Members)

Paint, draw, and construct your own friendly monsters! Inspired by some of the mixed-up creatures in ancient myths, students will mix and match body parts from different animals to make their own monster pals.
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Art Any Wear
Tuesday, July 26–Friday, July 29
9:00am–noon
$125 ($100 Members)

Discover the world of wearable and usable art. Look at how artists design and construct artwork that can be worn and used in unexpected ways. Design your own art to display wherever you'd like—maybe even on yourself.
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Color Collision
Tuesday, July 26–Friday, July 29
1:00–4:00 pm
$125 ($100 Members)

In this fun youth class color collides with shape, texture, and pattern. Students will learn a bit about color theory as they paint, sculpt, and design their own works of art.
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Summer Art Classes for Ages 9-12

Join us to look at and make amazing art- no experience necessary. Museum classes give young learner the opportunity to explore different cultures, time periods, and of course, art! Pre-registration is required for all classes. All students must be dropped off at the South Building Entrance. From Fine Arts Drive, follow the signs to the Education Center.

Students staying for a half or full day of classes are encouraged to bring a bottle of water and a snack each day. Students staying for a full day of classes should pack a lunch each day that does not require refrigeration or heating.

Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead
Tuesday, July 12–Friday, July 15
9:00am–noon
$125 ($100 Members)

All students must be dropped off at the South Building Entrance. From Fine Arts Drive, follow the signs to the Education Center.

Students staying for a half or full day of classes are encouraged to bring a bottle of water and a snack each day. Students staying for a full day of classes should pack a lunch each day that does not require refrigeration or heating.
Register


Claymation
Tuesday, July 12–Friday, July 15
1:00–4:00 pm
$125 ($100 Members)

Over the course of four days, students will create their own claymation film. They’ll develop storylines, sculpt simple characters out of modeling clay, and design mini sets all to be used in their own claymation film.
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Flipbook Animation
Tuesday, July 19–Friday, July 22
9:00am–noon
$125 ($100 Members)

Class participants will practice their drawing skills before turning their doodles into a moving film. Students will create their own flipbooks and then make their drawings move using easy animation techniques and software.
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The Art of Adornment
Tuesday, July 19–Friday, July 22
1:00–4:00 pm
$125 ($100 Members)

Art that decorates the human body is made by lots of different people around the world. Kids will learn about personal and ritualistic practices of body adornment then create their own necklaces, rings, and bracelets.
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African Art in Motion
Tuesday, July 26–Friday, July 29
9:00am–noon
$125 ($100 Members)

In many African societies dance and performance are woven into the social fabric. With guided instruction from a professional dancer, students will explore the purpose of dance in several African communities and put together their own performance inspired by traditional West African dance.
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Origami Sculptures
Tuesday, July 26–Friday, July 29
1:00–4:00 pm
$125 ($100 Members)

Origami is the Japanese word for paper folding. Starting with basic folding techniques, students will make 3-d origami animals, toys, and much more. They’ll use some of their folded creations to construct a dazzling hanging origami sculpture.
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GALLERY TALKS

Gallery Talks

Thursday, March 31, 11:00 am
Friday, April 1, 6:00 pm

Two (Portrait) Heads are Better than One
Jeanne M. Zarucchi, professor of art history and French, University of Missouri-St. Louis

Thursday, April 7, 11:00 am
Friday, April 8, 6:00 pm

“A Portrait of a King,” Mytens the Elder’s Charles I
Samuel Harned, chair of the history department, Clayton High School

Thursday, April 14, 11:00 am
Friday, April 15, 6:00 pm

From Caravans to Courts: Textiles from the Silk Road
Zoe Perkins, textile conservator

Thursday, April 21, 11:00 am
Friday, April 22, 6:00 pm

Picturing the Exotic: Orientalism in European Art
Abigail Yoder, research assistant

Thursday, May 5, 11:00 am
Friday, May 6, 6:00 pm

Currents 112: Andréa Stanislav
Molly Moog, research assistant

Thursday, May 12, 11:00 am
Friday, May 13, 6:00 pm

Building the Collection in the 21st Century: Prints Drawings and Photographs
Leah Chizek and Abigail Yoder, research assistants

Thursday, May 19, 11:00 am
Friday, May 20, 6:00 pm

Hogarth to Daumier: The Birth of Modern Satire
Maxime Valsamas, doctoral candidate in art history, Washington University in St. Louis

Thursday, June 2, 11:00 am
Friday, June 3, 6:00 pm

Summer Sun and Surf
Learning and Engagement staff

Thursday, June 9, 11:00 am
Friday, June 10, 6:00 pm

Surface: Exploiting the Artifice of Painting through Texture
Heather Read, doctoral candidate in art history, Washington University in St. Louis

Thursday, June 16, 11:00 am
Friday, June 17, 6:00 pm

The Many Lives of an Egyptian Cat Sculpture
Lisa Cakmak, assistant curator of ancient art

LECTURES
James F. Ballard: Unparalleled Collector
Friday, April 8, 7:00 pm
The Farrell Auditorium. Free.
Advance tickets recommended.


Ballard ranks with the world’s great carpet collectors, but in terms of his personal life, the factors that motivated him to collect, and his methods of collecting, he stands alone. Join historian Dr. Thomas J. Farnham, Textile Museum Trustee and Charles Grant Ellis Archives Research Associate and professor emeritus at the Connecticut State University System, for an insider's look at the intriguing man behind the carpets. This free lecture will be held in The Farrell Auditorium.

The Frank Lloyd Wright House in Ebsworth Park Annual Lecture

Tuesday, May 3, 7:00 pm
The Farrell Auditorium. Free.
Advance tickets recommended.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin Martin House—Saving a House, Saving a City
Jack Quinan, Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, University at Buffalo (S.U.N.Y.)

As part of the Frank Lloyd Wright House in Ebsworth Park Annual Lecture Series, Quinan will discuss another work by the great architect. The Martin House, now recognized as one of Wright’s greatest early works, fell into disrepair and was partially demolished between 1937 and 1967, years during which the City of Buffalo itself was in drastic decline. This presentation will describe the events and circumstances by which the house was stabilized and restored and its impact on preservation consciousness in Buffalo, now a city on the rise.

Screening and Discussion with Gina Kim
Friday, May 13, 7:00 pm
The Farrell Auditorium. Free.
Advance tickets recommended.

Gina Kim, assistant professor of film, UCLA
Co-Presented with the Gateway Korea Foundation

More information will be provided as soon as possible.

African American Expressions in Folk Art
Saturday, June 25, 10:30 am
The Farrell Auditorium. Free.
Advance tickets recommended.

Alvia J. Wardlaw, Professor of Art History and Curator of the University Museum, Texas Southern University

Join us for a fascinating lecture by pioneering art historian Alvia J. Wardlaw, curator of the groundbreaking exhibitions The Quilts of Gee’s Bend and Hard Truths: The Art of Thorton Dial. This lecture accompanies the exhibition Self-Taught Genius: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum (June 19 through September 11).

All events in The Farrell Auditorium, including free events, are ticketed. Tickets are subject to availability. Tickets may be purchased or reserved in person at the Museum's Information Centers or through MetroTix at metrotix.com or 314.534.1111. All tickets purchased or reserved through MetroTix incur a service charge; the service charge is waived for tickets purchased at the Museum.