Youth Classes

Saturdays this summer

SAM’s youth art programs explore art making, art history and art appreciation, providing a quality art education experience where students have the opportunity to learn from original works of art in a museum setting. All classes provide a forum where self-expression, experimentation, and cultivating a sense of inquiry are integral parts of the educational experience.


Saturdays, June 10, 17, 24,and July 8, 15, 22, 29


For our Youngest Artists 

Parents, spend a relaxing morning in midtown. While your young artist creates a masterpiece, you can grab a cup of coffee, shop at the Broad Street Market, take a brisk walk, or visit the galleries here at the museum!

Madison Pollihan leads this 9-week summer session! Each class features a new inspiration, technique and material. Madison invites your youngest artist to explore the scenery and animals of the Susquehanna River, Harrisburg’s cityscape, and your student’s own personal surroundings through art, using different mediums. These explorations will be rooted in art history and students will also learn how to create some of their own art supplies.

Special ALLERGY NotICE for July 8th  and 15th CLASSES

The next two weeks we will be working with clay. The first class (7/8/2017) we will be working with air dry clay. We recommend sending with your student a picture or object that they would like to sculpt (a picture of a pet, a flower, etc) for both classes. The second class (7/15/2017) we will be making our own clay using a salt dough clay recipe. This recipe uses flour as one of the ingredients. If your child has a gluten allergy that includes touching a gluten product, please email by Monday July 10th so we can provide a gluten free substitute. 

Lab hours 10am-12noon; SATURDAYS, JUNE 10, 17, 24,AND JULY 8, 15, 22, 29

Ages 4 – 7

Class Limit 15 This class can fill up quickly, so please sign up (indicating the age of student) for individual Saturday sessions by the previous Thursday by emailing

Fee $8 for individual class or 3 for $15




Join art educator Mandy Forst for a special workshop featuring 2-D and 3-D projects. Kids will explore a variety of techniques, artists and styles!

Lab Hours 10am-12noon; SATURDAYS, JUNE 10, 17, 24,AND JULY 8, 15, 22, 29

Ages 8-12
Class Limit
Fee 7
 Saturday sessions for $65 – or pick any 3 classes for $30





You can design your own experience at Susquehanna Art Museum! Would your group enjoy a guided tour? How about an art activity that provides an opportunity for your group to try their hand with a technique or style featured in our exhibitions on view?

If you would like help planning your visit to SAM, email Tina Sell, Director of Education at For groups larger than 10, please send an email with the date and time of your visit, in the event of a conflict with previously scheduled event.


Special Exhibit classes and Workshops:

Classes and workshops provide an opportunity to explore SAM’s current exhibition, coupled with a hands-on art production experience.  SAM offers programming for life learners of all ages from pre-school to adults. After touring the exhibit, students will use examples from the exhibit to frame questions about the creative process, reflecting on their museum experience and drawing on personal ideas when creating their own work of art. Members of SAM receive a 10% discount on all class or workshop fees.


Check our EVENTS CALENDAR or FACEBOOK PAGE for listings of upcoming classes for youth.

Supplies for all youth art classes are provided by SAM. Students are encouraged to bring paint shirts or smocks, as classes may get messy!