Summer 2024 Art Academy


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Students will explore the Elements of Art and how they apply to the Principles of Design through a variety of media in ALL of our workshops.

WEEK 1 (June 10 to 14)      

Stop­Motion Animation (AM)
Learn all about animation. Work as part of a team or on your own to create stories and animated short films using drawing, painting, and 3­D objects, and stop­motion animation techniques.

Comic Book Design (PM)
Learn to bring your story ideas to life by improving your drawing and storytelling skills.  Learn the secrets of comic book design and story creation with our FAM art instructors.   

WEEK 2 (June 17 to 21)

Drawing & Painting What You See! (AM)
Students will study basic drawing & painting techniques and apply them to drawing in the galleries and painting in the classroom, honing their observational drawing skills, using pencil, ink, charcoal, pastels, and oil pastels.  

Print It! (PM)
Inspired by two of our exhibitions, students will learn the art of design and use a variety of printmaking techniques, from simple stamping, block printing, silk screen, monoprints, and collagraph printing (from collage) to printing on a press.  

WEEK 3 (June 24 to 28)

Super Mud! 
In cooperation with ClayMix, students will learn how to successfully create and manipulate handbuilt clay vessels and sculptures and the art of glazing their ceramic pieces.

Make Your Own Artist Trading Cards
Be inspired by the Bowman Bubble Gum Trading Cards! Paint, collage, draw, and incorporate images from photos. Be creative and take your time. Design your own, and make them so good that people will want to trade with you. Or make them so good that you won’t want to trade!

WEEK 4 (July 29 to August 2)

Let’s Face It! (AM)
Learn the secret to creating realistic and abstract portraits.  Discover how to map a face by understanding the basic shapes and proportions, and then learn how to abstract them, too!

Fun with Mixed Media (AM)
Delve into a variety of media in two and three dimensions from assemblage to collage with a combination of fiber, paper, paint, discarded elements, and found and natural materials. Students will draw inspiration from a variety of famous artists.                    

WEEK 5 (August 5 to 9)

Black & White (AM)
Students will study a variety of drawing techniques and learn composition, shading, perspective, and more using pencil, ink, and charcoal.

Painting & Drawing with Color (PM)
Students will get to experience color mixing and blending using acrylic paint, watercolor, and oil pastels to create still life, figurative work, and landscapes, focusing on observation skills. 

Why are FAM workshops extra special?

The Museum is a unique environment where children can be inspired and exposed to world-class artwork and antiquities, not just images in a book or posters on a wall. The Fresno Art Museum is 75 years old, and we have been told by many that classes at the Museum were a big part of their growing up in Fresno, creating long-lasting and wonderful memories. Our goal is to continue that legacy by offering classes to engage children and foster a love for the arts, learning, and discovery.

Our workshops are taught by working professional artists who bring their special talents and knowledge to every session they teach. All of our teaching artists have had training and experience in working with children, and all strive to transfer their own love of the arts to each of their students in a lively, engaging, and exciting way.

 •  Children must be between the ages of 8 and 15 to participate in these workshops.

 •  All classes are taught in English only.

 •  FAM visual art classes are taught by FAM’s staff of teaching artists.

     FULL DAY STUDENTS, 9 AM to 4:30 PM | Must bring lunch
     Snacks provided mid-morning and mid-afternoon

 •  Sorry, we do not offer extended care.

One WEEK FULL DAY: $415 (Museum members*) | $445 (Non-Museum members)

One WEEK /HALF DAY: $240 (Museum members*) | $265 (Non-Museum members)   

Most art materials are included in tuition. Students may be asked to bring some found items from home for some projects. 

Policies:  No refunds, unless classes are canceled by the Museum. The Museum may substitute instructors or classes, if necessary. All fees must be paid in advance. The Museum will not tolerate bullying, disruptive, violent, or otherwise inappropriate behavior and retains the right to send any child who exhibits such behavior home, without refund.

* Family level members and above receive the member discount for students living in the member’s household. Go to for details on membership.


If you prefer to pay by cash or check,
you must submit payment with a completed paper form



During the summer of 2014, students created Dominion Dance with SHINE!'s tony sanders and FAM art instructor Jaydee Pirtle. Students wrote, created props and costumes (some adapted from left-behind Trashique® costumes), and performed. Click here to see the result.

TRASHIQUE® is a federally registered trademark belonging to Roseanne Guaglianone. It is used with permission of the trademark owner.

See our animated shorts from Summer 2023, June Session
See our animated shorts from Summer 2023, August Session
See our animated shorts from Summer 2022

See some of the student animation videos from summer 2011, 2012, 2015, and 2019 ArtAcademy

Our student muralists from the summer of 2017, taught by guest artist and educator Erik Gonzalez from the Urbanists Collective.