Programs + Classes

Salina Art Center education programs are designed to provide learners of every age the opportunity to construct meaning from active encounters with visual art.

Through programs designed for all levels of development, participants are actively involved in:

  • formulating questions
  • seeking concepts and meanings
  • making critical judgments about the issues, ideas, and questions raised by original works of art and creative processes—as well as about their relevance to other areas of life and learning, both in and out of the classroom

The benefits of participation include:

  • gaining knowledge of media techniques and processes
  • developing skills in perceptive analysis, communication, and critical and conceptual thinking
  • learning to utilize contemporary art as a catalyst for lifelong learning

afterschool studio

September – November & February – April

Weekly artmaking classes for grades K-5

Do you love art? Join other young artists to explore visual art and improve existing skills. We will apply the elements of art and principles of design as we learn about new techniques and mediums. Learn to connect your ideas with artistic process. A great opportunity to build on previous experience while preparing for more advanced learning. Each three-week unit will focus on a different art discipline.

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art tots

September – April

Learn, create, and grow together! Ages 0-3 with an accompanying adult.

This new program will introduce young children to basic artmaking skills and lay the foundation for a lifelong love of the arts. Children attend with a parent, grandparent, special caring adult, or caregiver for an hour-long workshop let by artists and designed for participants to work on at their own level. 

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October – April

A free Afterschool Program

DISCOVERERS is for middle school students who have a strong interest in art and who will commit to regular weekly attendance throughout the school year.

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multi arts

September – November & February – April

Interdisciplinary art classes for young children ages 4-6

MultiARTs is an 8-week program that meets twice a week to explore different art media. Children have the opportunity to creatively express themselves using painting, clay, photography, mixed media, printmaking, plus more. We also have an Exploration Time where the children play games and do other activities that explore and reinforce the ideas behind how each media is used. 

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Summer Art

June & July

Summer artmaking classes for all ages! 

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lunch & learn 

year round

Join us every third Wednesday of the month for Lunch & Learn! Listen to a guest speaker over lunch. Bring your own sack lunch. Free & open to all!

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second sundays

September – April

Free Monthly Artmaking Events for All Ages and Abilities!

Join us on the second Sunday of each month for a free two hour workshop! 2-4 p.m.

The Artery

A free, interactive arts lab dedicated to experimentation and practice with a variety of art materials and techniques

Visitors can choose from a menu of guided artmaking exercises, including activities related to the current exhibition, or simply explore on their own. Gallery attendants are on hand to answer questions, and resource materials are provided alongside an array of art media.

Exploring the qualities and characteristics of various materials in this relaxed setting encourages thoughtful creativity through artistic investigation and problem solving. The ARTery is a great place to wonder, invent, and learn; it has become a favorite leisure time destination for families, teens, and adults who wish to spend time in a creative environment.