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The Vance Wall Art Education Center designs and leads all of MAM's enriching educational and community programs, from online activities and virtual tours to classes in the Yard School of Art.
Adult Summer Classes

Registration is open! Explore 4 and 8 week classes on the listings page.

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SummerART Camp

Registration is open! New classes have been added for ages 8–12, including Ceramics Hand-building and Drawing and Painting. If your preferred session is full, be sure to register for the waitlist.

We're looking forward to a safe, fun, in-person camp experience this summer for kids and teens at MAM!

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Keep exploring a lifelong passion or find a new one! In small classes with teaching artists, you can surround yourself with students and artists as enthusiastic about learning and creating as you are.

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From classes & workshops to Private Portfolio Reviews & Scholastic Art Awards, there are endless opportunities to get involved for MAM Teens. MAM is a place to feel like you belong, while developing skills and connecting with art.

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Kids & Families

The best kind of learning stems from exploration of new materials and ideas. Our small classes with individual attention from instructors offer creative and supportive environments to grow and inspire.

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Yard School of Art
The Yard School of Art is part of MAM's Vance Wall Art Education Center, offering classes, camps, and workshops for kids, teens, and adults.
Education Resources

Opportunities to apply for scholarships are available for students grades K–12. The scholarship program is dedicated to promoting diversity and offers motivated students free tuition for one studio course during the school year, as well as exposure to arts professions.

Access Program: Private Instruction

Private, one-on-one art instruction is now available to help artists of any age achieve their individual goals.

School Tours

Design a tour that fits your curriculum and your classroom. Even have art supplies delivered! 

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Private Group Tours and Visits

Want to visit with your club, association, friends, colleagues, or family? MAM tailors tours to fit your group. Learn with one of our docents or self-guide your way through exhibitions.

Educator Programs

Educators earn PD credit for ALL adult programs at MAM. The  museum also offers programs and resources to introduce educators to the collection and special exhibitions, and techniques for integrating the study of art into the classroom.

Thank You, MAM Education Supporters
All Museum education programs are made possible, in part, by generous support from Carol and Terry Wall/The Vance Wall Foundation, Valerie J. Ablaza, Cynthia and Murray Aitken, Lisa and Joseph Amato, Michael Backer, Heather and Vincent Benjamin, Mindy Cohen and David Bershad, Maggie and James Blake, Rose Cali, Audrey Gaelen, Rosemary Iversen, Christine James and Nick De Toustain, Wendy and Andrew Lacey, Tracy Higgins and James Leitner, Ann and Mel Schaffer, Toni LeQuire-Schott and Newton B. Schott, Jr., Lynn and Sengal Selassie, Cheryl and Marc Slutzky, Lois and David Stith, Robert L. Tortoriello, Claire Walls and Banks Tarver, and Lisa and Bill Westheimer.