Classes and Workshops

 

Class & Workshop Schedule

*Please note that masks are currently optional for class, workshop, open studio, and program attendees.*


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 July 2, 2022: Chimera Cartooning with Douglas Laubacher

Enjoy a free, family-friendly activity during this in-person Do the Mu at MassMu on Saturday, July 2, 2022, led by Douglas Labaucher! Stop by the Museum between 12:00 and 2:00pm and create fun and wacky animals of your own! All supplies will be provided. This activity is accessible and fun for all ages!

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.

 

Ceramics

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

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!

 

Pinch Pot Animal Heads Workshop - Sundays, June 12 and 26, 2:30-3:30pm

Children ages five through twelve are invited to a two-part workshop to make their own clay masterpieces in the Massillon Museum’s Pinch Pot Animal Heads Workshop on June 12 and 26 from 2:30-3:30p.m. This workshop will be led by ceramicist Susan Mentrak. The fee, $35 ($25 for MassMu members) per adult/child pair, includes both dates and all supplies.

For tickets, visit MassMu's Eventbrite page: MassillonMuseum.org/Tickets. For more information, call the Museum at 330-833-4061. 

 

Introduction to Handbuilding for Youth - Tuesdays, June 7, 14, 21, and 28, 10:00am-12:00pm

Children ages eight through twelve are invited to make their own clay masterpieces in the Massillon Museum’s Introduction to Handbuilding Class. This is a four-part class taking place on June 7, 14, 21, and 28. The class will be led by ceramicist Susan Mentrak. The cost is $130/MassMu member or $145/nonmember. The class fee is inclusive of all four class dates, supplies, and firing.

For tickets, visit MassMu's Eventbrite page: MassillonMuseum.org/Tickets. For more information, call the Museum at 330-833-4061. 

 

Introduction to Handbuilding for Teens and Adults - Tuesdays, June 7, 14, 21, and 28, 4:30-7:30pm

Teens and adults age thirteen and older are invited to make their own clay masterpieces in the Massillon Museum’s Introduction to Handbuilding Class. This is a four-part class taking place on June 7, 14, 21, and 28. The class will be led by ceramicist Susan Mentrak. The cost is $160/MassMu member or $175/nonmember. The class fee is inclusive of all four class dates, supplies, and firing.

For tickets, visit MassMu's Eventbrite page: MassillonMuseum.org/Tickets. For more information, call the Museum at 330-833-4061. 

 

Family Clay - Sundays, July 10, August 14, and September 11, from 2:30 to 3:30pm each date

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

 

Clay Earring Class - Saturday, July 23, from 1:00 to 3:00pm

Adults and children age 14 and older are invited to make their own clay stud earrings in the Massillon Museum’s Clay Earring Class on Saturday, July 23, from 1:00 to 3:00pm. This program will be led by ceramicist Susan Mentrak. Register at MassillonMuseum.org/Tickets or by calling 330-833-4061. Tickets are $40/member and $45/nonmember.

 

Salt and Pepper Shaker Sgraffito Workshop - Thursday, July 28, from 1:00 to 5:00pm

Adults and children ages twelve and up are invited to make their own clay masterpieces in the Massillon Museum’s Salt and Pepper Shaker Sgraffito Workshop on Thursday, July 28, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.! Mary Clark of Tiny Cloud Ceramics, assisted by Erica Backer of Cozy Cottage Ceramics, will show you how to use the pottery technique sgraffito to decorate a pair of premade corkless salt and pepper shakers! Participants will use underglaze to paint the clay and then carve back into the shakers to create contrasting lines in whatever pattern they want. Learn what marks different tools make and how underglaze mixing works. This workshop will consist of sketching designs on paper, testing clay techniques on a flat tile, and then decorating the shakers. Pieces will be clear glazed by instructors at the end unless otherwise preferred. Register via MassillonMuseum.org/Tickets or by calling 330-833-4061. The fee, $60 ($50 for MassMu members), includes all supplies.

Mary Clark is a full-time ceramicist currently working in Akron, Ohio. Mary graduated from Myers School of Art at the University of Akron with a BFA in ceramics in 2016. After college they started Tiny Cloud Ceramics and have been selling handmade pottery at regional art shows and craft fairs as well as online.

 

Tots n' Pots - Sundays, July 31, August 28, and September 25, from 2:30 to 3:30pm each dated

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.

 

Clay Earring Class - Saturday, September 17, from 10:00am to 12:00pm

Adults and children age 14 and older are invited to make their own clay stud earrings in the Massillon Museum’s Clay Earring Class on  Saturday, September 17 from 10:00am to 12:00pm. This program will be led by ceramicist Susan Mentrak. Register at MassillonMuseum.org/Tickets or by calling 330-833-4061. Tickets are $40/member and $45/nonmember.

 

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!

 

Drawing I for Teens and Adults - Tuesdays, August 2, 9, 16, and 23, from 5:30 to 7:30pm each date 

Have you ever wanted the ability to draw what you can see, regardless of what it is? Drawing I teaches the fundamentals of measured drawing and focuses on outlining using graphite pencil. This course is also a prerequisite for Drawing II, which introduces shading, or value contrast, as well as the elements and principles of compositional design.

Teens and adults ages thirteen and older are invited to the Massillon Museum’s Drawing I Class. This is a four-part class taking place Tuesdays, August 2, 9, 16, and 23, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. each date. The class will be led by artist Joshua Bruner. Bruner grew up in Massillon, graduating from Washington High School. He holds a BFA concentrating on painting and drawing from the Columbus College of Art and Design. 

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

 

Intro to Bookbinding - Tuesday, August 2, from 5:30 to 7:30pm

Adults and children ages eight and up are invited to learn the basics of bookbinding in the Massillon Museum’s Intro to Bookbinding class on Tuesday, August 2, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Bookbinding can be used to sew together a novel, a sketchbook, a journal, a fine art sculpture, and more. In this intro lesson you will learn the basics of folding sheets of paper into sections, including a front and back cover, sewn together by bookbinding thread. Your handbound creation can then be used for whatever you’d like!

This program will be led by artist Nicole Malcolm. Malcolm is an artist born and currently residing in Northeast Ohio. Malcolm received her BFA at Ohio University in 2021, with a concentration in printmaking, a minor in art history and a certificate in museum studies. She also has additional studio experience in painting, drawing, and book arts. Malcolm’s printmaking and mixed media works aim to represent physical and mental spaces, emphasizing memory, growth, and intimacy. These themes come directly from significant moments in her own life. By creating this work, she hopes to invite others to feel comfortable sharing their life stories as well.

The fee, $25 ($20 for MassMu members), includes all supplies. Register at MassillonMuseum.org/Tickets or by calling 330-833-4061.

 

 

 

 

Join the Massillon Museum for these programs in conjunction with Missing History of Massillon: Unheard African American Stories, on view in the Aultman Health Foundation Gallery from June 11 through November 9, 2022!

 

Oral History Workshop with Mandy Altimus Stahl - Tuesday, August 9, at 6:00pm

Join MassMu's Archivist, Mandy Altimus Stahl, for a free Oral History Workshop in the Massillon Museum's Gessner Hall. She will discuss why oral histories are important and general information about conducting oral histories, and will provide resources for broader context.

Reserve your free ticket via MassMu's Eventbrite page, www.MassillonMuseum.org/Tickets, or call 330-833-4061.

 

Online Artist Talk with Amber Ford - Wednesday, September 14, from 6:30-7:30pm

Join MassMu via Zoom for a free Artist Talk featuring photographer Amber N. Ford.

Amber N. Ford is an artist and freelance photographer based in Cleveland, Ohio. She holds a BFA in Photography from the Cleveland Institute of Art. Her work explores Blackness, identity and culture while questioning the accepted idealized conceptualization of “truth."

Ford's images are featured in Missing History of Massillon: Unheard African American Stories.

Reserve your free ticket via MassMu's Eventbrite page, www.MassillonMuseum.org/Tickets, or call 330-833-4061.

 

Sunday Community Dinner - Sunday, September 18, from 4:00-6:00pm

Join MassMu for a free meal reminiscent of after-church dinners, followed by a panel discussion with community members. 

Reserve your free ticket via MassMu's Eventbrite page, www.MassillonMuseum.org/Tickets, or call 330-833-4061.

 

Love and Solidarity Film Screening - Saturday, September 24, from 6:30-7:15pm

Enjoy a free screening of the Bullfrog Films documentary Love and Solidarity, which is an exploration of nonviolence protesting and organizing through the life and teachings of Rev. James Lawson. 

Reserve your free ticket via MassMu's Eventbrite page, www.MassillonMuseum.org/Tickets, or call 330-833-4061.

 

 

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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