My Very First Art Class

Young children and their favorite grown-up are introduced to art, the museum, and verbal and visual literacy in this playful program. Each class features exploration in the classroom, a gallery visit, and art making. Wear your paint clothes! New topics each class.

This year, the first three classes in October will be held outdoors (weather permitting) here at the CMA and the last class of each session will be held at the museum's new Community Arts Center, located on Cleveland's west side. To keep everyone safe and socially distanced, we'll be offering two classes back-to-back with reduced numbers as well as requiring masks for our adult participants.

Instructors: Paula Jackson and Celena Higginbottom

Age group: 2–4 years old, accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Deadline to Register for our second Fall 2021 session: November 5, 2021

November 12, 2021, 10:00 a.m. Register

November 12, 2021, 11:30 a.m. Register

Please note: Classes on the same date will be identical. Only select one class per date.

November/December: Community
Fridays, 10:00–11:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

  • November 12, November 19, December 3, December 10


Cost per session (4 Fridays per session): adult/child pair $100, CMA members $85

Registration is first-come, first-served. Classes are limited to 6 adult/child pairs.

If minimum enrollment is not met one week before the first class, the session for that class will be canceled and all enrolled participants will be notified and issued refunds; no further registrations will be accepted to reinstate the class.

A limited number of scholarships are available. Email FamilyYouthInfo [at] clevelandart.org for more information or complete and submit the form below.


The Community Arts Center is located at 2937 West 25th Street, Cleveland, OH 44113
Free parking is available on Castle Avenue