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Summer Art Classes | Art Supply Lists | Kids Create Dates | Art & Story Stroll | SHORTS! Art Day Camp

Our hands-on art classes are taught by artist-teachers, and frequently inspired by art on view in the museum. We teach, inspire, challenge, and encourage all ages. We love to help you make the artwork you never thought you could make.

Summer Class Brochure Released

Questions? Call 585.276.8959

Click here for class supply lists

Art Day Camp for Kids


Our fabulous all-day school break and summer art camps are designed for children ages 6–12.

Kids enjoy high quality (and very fun) art projects, visits to the museum to see original works of art, lunch breaks, and daily recreation breaks.

Two age groupings—6–8 (junior) and 9–12 (senior)—allow kids to learn about art techniques, strategies, and materials as they make art they can be proud of.

Summer Art Day Camps | By the week ( July 1-August 23, 2019)
Information & registration available here.

Summer Clay Camp

Creative Workshop Summer Clay Camps for Kids


  • JULY 8-12 (taught by Rose VanTyne)
  • JULY 15-19 (taught by Rose VanTyne & Jason Ferguson)


  • JULY 8-12 (taught by Lisa Myers & Casey Cardillo)
  • JULY 15-19 (taught by Lisa Myers & Casey Cardillo)

Each camp includes several clay pieces as well as a few other art projects.
These camps are designed as a great way to start with pottery or build upon existing skills in a fun setting.
Both programs run from 9 am to 4:30 pm but drop off is from 8:30 am to 9 am and pick up until 5 pm. Students should bring a bag lunch and two snacks each day. REGISTRATION IS LIMITED! Information & registration available here

During the summer, we also will be running two collaborative camps with Writers & Books for kids who love to draw and write! For more about these camps (Telling Tales and Your Incredible Illustrated Story), call or email Rachael | 585.276.8959.

Lunch Bunch

All Day Art Options for the Kids

July 8-August 30

We are excited about this new offering which will allow children to have a fun, supervised lunch and recess program at the same place they have art classes. The Lunch Bunch program is led by a Creative Workshop Teacher & Assistant. Half-day kids’ classes on pages 3 and 4 of our Class Brochure, can now be combined with a supervised lunch and recreation break to allow for a full day of artmaking! Learn More

Art Social

… is a SHORT class. Come when you can!
Select Fridays | 6:15 – 8:15 | $20 | includes museum admission

Art Social


Gather your friends for a fun, quick art experience. While you’re here, enjoy live music and food and drink for purchase. No experience needed!
Cost includes all materials and museum admission (a $15 value).

Kids Create Dates

Saturdays | 1 – 3 pm | $10 per child, per session

Creative Workshop activities

Kids Create Dates are new at the MAG. We offer fun and flexible creative art projects you can make before, after or while your family explores the museum. We’ll be taking a break for summer updates in the Pavilion. Join us for the last 3 Saturdays on May 18 , 25 and then June 1, and look for us again in the Fall.

All tools will be supplied for a play date with creativity.

Questions? Call 585.276.8959.

Supported by the Sandra G. Dreyfuss Education Endowment Fund

Art & Story Stroll

This program introduces art and story to beginning readers in meaningful ways. From 11 am to noon on select Wednesdays and Thursdays:

Art & Story Stoll

Pets | Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Sunshine & Seashells | Thursday, June 6, 2019


For ages 2–6 with accompanying adult. | $10 per session

CW Birthday Parties

Creative Workshop Birthday parties

The Creative Workshop offers artful birthday parties (designed for children and families.) Our parties are customized and planned in collaboration with each family and are held on weekends. In the recent past, we’ve had Robot Cartooning Birthday Party. How fun is that?
Learn more

Creative Workshop Open Houses

During the M & T Bank Clothesline Festival | September 7 & 8, 2019

Saturday, December 15, 2019 | 1-4 pm
Saturday, March 9, 2020 | 1-4 pm

Visit the Creative Workshop (lower level of the museum) to learn about spring art classes for all ages. Bring family and friends! Hands-on art activities, demonstrations, and opportunities to chat with our amazing teaching artists. $5 savings on all classes registered for on that day. Learn about cool new classes and SHORTS for the whole family. We think there’s something for everyone! Enjoy supervised art activities for ages 4–12 ~ included free.

Lucy Burne Gallery Exhibitions

Spring Children’s Student Show
May 9–May 31 (Children take art home on June 1)
Summer Shine:
Original Artwork by Adult & Teen Students

June 18–August 1 (See Call for Artists!)
To Teach & Create:
2019 CW Faculty Show

August 14–September 28
Autumnal Art Adult & Teen Student Show
October 5–November 1

shown: Dave Steider, Untitled, 2019. 

College Interns and High School Student Volunteers at the Workshop

We are currently accepting applications from current college students in art, art education, or art history with a significant interest in children’s interaction with museums to earn valuable experience and possible internship credit in the Fall, Winter or Spring of 2019/2020. We accept just a few current college students as interns during the school year. During our summer session and on Saturdays during the school year, the Creative Workshop also has very limited openings for high school student volunteers between the ages of 16 and 21 and accepts a just few current college students as interns. We do however have available openings for 2019/2020 school year. Call or email Rachael Baldanza at 276-8956 for more information.

College Intern Factsheet | College Intern Application | High School Volunteer Application