Kids Programs

We have a variety of kids classes. Many of our classes are on a rolling admission and some are drop-in to offer a bit of flexibility for busy lives.

SUmmer Cool Arts kids workshops

July 16th-August 17th, 2018

AM Session: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
PM Session: 12:30PM – 3:30 PM
Lunch: 12:00PM – 12:30 PM (No peanuts please)

Extended Day
3:30 pm – 5:30 pm; All Ages
Fee: $10 per hour. Preregistration and notification required.

Summer Cool Arts Kids Workshops are back! This Summer we are offering 5 weeks of fun themed activities. Each day consists of two sessions. Classes include  Clay, Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Digital Art, and Fashion classes. Register early to ensure a spot! Scroll down to the bottom of the section to learn how to register.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD PDF  of our 2018 Summer brochure.


You can register for any of our Summer Classes by phone by calling the education director, Deb Smook, at the museum 508-961-3072 or register in person at the museum: 608 Pleasant St. New Bedford MA, 02740.

To register online:  Click the links for the weeks below.

Week 1: Cute & Creepy Critters (July 16-20)
Leaping, sleeping, running, crawling, flying, wiggling, swimming, dancing… All manner of animal art, real and imaginary! The natural world, endangered species and habitats, myths and legends created out of clay, mixed media and pâpiér maché.

Ages 6–9
AM Session: Clay
PM Session: 2D and 3D
Ages 10-13+
AM Session: 2D and 3D
PM Session: Clay

 All types of “scapes” in painting, drawing, and collage. Plein air painting and drawing (weather permitting). Molding clay dioramas or nature-scape themed vessels, plates, tiles and pots.Ages 6–9
AM Session :  2D and 3D
PM Session : Clay 
Ages 10-13+
AM Session :  Clay Wheel
PM Session : 2D and 3D
Week 3: Artistic Traditions Around the World (July 30 – August 3)
Students explore the world and learn about diverse cultures through their artistic traditions. They will experiment with yarn, tin, clay, resist painting printmaking and recycled materials.

Ages 6–9
AM Session :  Clay
PM Session : 2D and 3D
Ages 10-13+
AM Session :  2D and 3D
PM Session : Clay

Week 4: Quite the Character! (August 6-10)
Who doesn’t have a story to tell? Explore characters, cartoons, stories, altered books, pop–up cards, clay gnomes, and superheroes. How do pictures tell a story? What happens next?Ages 6–9

AM Session :  2D and 3D
PM Session : Clay 
Ages 10-13+
AM Session :  Clay
PM Session : Comics & Cartooning
Week 5: Run-A-Way Fashion Design (August 13-17)
Have a flair for fashion? Create designs, fabrics and costumes. Students will apply their imagination using recycled materials, painting, drawing and the computer to create unique fashions and accessories. They will explore retail fashion outlets in the downtown area.Ages 6–9
AM Session : Recycled Fashion
PM Session : Fashion & Fabrics
Ages 10-13+
AM Session : Computer Cosplay
PM Session : Flair-4-Fashion Computer Cosplay

If you would like more information about our scholarship program, to register for classes on a per diem basis,  or to register by phone, please call our Studio Education & Outreach Director, Deb Smook at 508-961-3072. Or contact her by email with any questions at [email protected]

Minimum enrollment of 5 students per class. 15 students maximum per class.

 Family CLay DROP-IN

Every Saturday
12:00-2:00 pm
Cost: $25.00 non-member   / $22.00 member 

Clay drop-in classes, pay as you go. Parents welcome to join in!

Learn basic hand-building and wheel throwing techniques.
Instruction, supplies, and kiln firing included.


Ages (0-3) Every Wednesday, 1:30-3:00  Free!

Come join the New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks! at the Family Engagement Center at Irwin M. Jacobs Elementary School for our weekly Early Literacy Program! Children read, dance, sing, and make art with inspiration from a different book each week. 

An adult care giver is required to attend. 


May 30th

Book: About Birds  by Cathryn Sill.  Art Project: Bird feeder

June 6th

Book: Penelope Jane by Rosanne Cash.  Activity-Fairy Hunt;  Art project- Fairy Wands



Operating much like a bookmobile, the 2 purple vans, each with 2 experienced art educators, engage low-income children with fun educational art activities at 20 New Bedford community sites for 7 weeks during July and August.  

Find out if the artMobile if we’re coming to your neighborhood this summer! Click here to download a PDF of our 2018 summer schedule.