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Museum Classes

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Art Museum
Hours: Mon-Sat: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Admission: Free
2111 Willet Drive
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: (307) 766-6622
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Museum classes are designed to intrigue, challenge, and teach pre-K through 12 students, using the art museum’s exhibitions as the basis for exploring ideas, materials, methods and more.  Our model of learning – observe, question, explore, create and reflect – encourages students to dig deeper and investigate the concepts behind the artwork, while exploring the creative processes used by artists to communicate their ideas.

The Shelton Studio is located right next to the museum galleries and serves as the focal point for students to create new artwork, using a magical array of materials. Under the guidance of a master teacher, students connect with artists, writers, and educators to explore their own responses to the exhibited artwork and the discussions that develop around work.

Class sizes are limited. Costs are noted on the schedule for each class and scholarships are available to assist families with limited incomes. Museum members receive a 10 percent discount. Students must submit a release form and student information sheet once per calendar year. To register, contact Heather Bender, master teacher, at or call 307.766.3515.  Registration forms may be emailed or dropped off at the museum.

scheduleFall 2015 Shelton Studio Class Schedule 


Friday Morning Preschool Classes

Fridays in September, October, November, February, March April, May, and June

10-11 a.m., $25/4-class session

Parents and young children are invited to join in the fun as preschool students ages 3-5 explore creative processes.  These interactive classes help children grow as they learn about materials, art methods, and ideas. The emphasis is on fun as they build vocabulary and pre-writing skills, develop fine motor skills, and discover their own creative voice, all while exploring the artwork on exhibit in the galleries and the art materials in the Shelton Studio.

Afternoon at the Museum

On full or half day Monday in-services in the ACSD #1 school district

Ages 6-10

$20 per student - or - $15 per student for families of 3 or more

 What do students do when they have a day off from school because it is a Staff Development Day for teachers? Why not enjoy an afternoon at the Art Museum? Students between the ages of 6-10 are invited to spend the afternoon investigating and producing art. Modeled after our art camps, each session is jam-packed with creative things to do.  A healthy snack is provided.

Registration form

Art Camps

Ages 6-10 and Ages 11-15

Monday – Friday

1:00-4:45 pm each day

$60/week or $15/day “drop-in” rate.

Art camps are weeklong programs for children.  Spring Break and Summer Art Camps are for ages 6-10.  We also have a summer camp for ages 11-15.  Do you like to make art?  Are you curious about new forms and materials?  If so, this is the class for you!  We explore the artwork exhibited in the museum and then use what we learn to make extraordinary art!  Discover all kinds of materials and ways to make art in the studio, including sculpture, painting, collage, and more!   We’ll look at different ways to write, too.  Join us for the week – or even a day – to explore your own possibilities!

Registration Form

March Art Month Saturday Classes

Designated Saturdays in March from 1-3pm


March is Youth Arts Month. Join in the celebration by participating in one of the free Saturday classes offered for students ages 4-11. Each designated Saturday we investigate new ideas and creative processes, in addition to exploring and making art. Parents of students 5 years old and younger are asked to join in the fun and remain with their students. Be sure to wear your best art making clothes!

Registration Form

Paint Pony Express

3 Weeks in July
Ages 4–5: Meet on Tuesdays
Ages 6–8: Meet on Wednesdays
Ages 9–11: meet on Thursdays 
1 – 3 p.m.


Under the guidance of visiting artists and museum teachers, students use art, music, movement and storytelling and other creative formats to explore a different exhibition and theme each week. Each day is designed for a specific age group and students make art using paint, collage, sculpture, and more. Please wear clothes that you can create in. Parents must stay with children under 5 years of age.

Summer Solstice

Friday, June 20, 2014
11:30 am -12:30 pm

After Wyoming’s long winter, it is worth celebrating the longest day of the year and the official beginning of summer. Every year on the summer solstice, a beam of sunlight illuminates a silver dollar in the center of the Rotunda Gallery at exactly 12 o’clock, noon. Join us for this fun event, and to view the sun through astronomer Ray Martin’s filtered solar telescope, which will be set up on the terrace.


Students in grades 1-2 and 3-5 may participate in a free after-school program during the school year at the Art Museum called Imagine Learning from the Masters. This program is made possible through a partnership with Albany County School District #1 and uses original art work in the UW Art Museum to enhance students’ art, writing, thinking and speaking skills.

Students will have the opportunity to sign up for the program through their elementary school. Each program meets for seven consecutive 75-minute sessions and follows the Art Museum’s model of inquiry - observe, question, explore, create and reflect. These dynamic classes engage students in essential learning activities in ways that are fun and creative. They will work with professional artists and writers and a master teacher on writing and art skills, using art on exhibit as a starting point for their own ideas and creative processes.

Grades 1-2 meet from 3:30-4:45 pm on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.  Grades 3-5  meet on Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 3:30-4:45 pm. Students are bused to and from the Art Museum courtesy of Albany County School District. Contact your elementary school principal for information on how to participate.


Teen apprentices become part of the Art Museum’s education team. They are trained to work alongside artists and teachers in Shelton Studio classes and assist with art activities, lesson plans and studio set up and organization. If selected, the teen must commit to working at least 30 hours at the museum. This can include attending trainings, helping organize the Shelton Studio, assisting with children’s classes, volunteering at Spring Break Art Camp or a variety of other projects. Apprentices who fully complete the program have the opportunity to spend 20 hours working in the Shelton Studio on an approved art project of their choice. Materials and supplies are provided by the art museum.

 Registration Form

Saturday Family Class  

Does your family need something to do on the coldest days of winter?  Bring your children for art programs every Saturday during the month of February.   Using the art on exhibition as inspiration, students of all ages will create fun engaging art.


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