Museum School

Indulge in Art and Learning!

From painting and sculpture to photography and design, the studio art classes and workshops at the Museum School offer a variety of art experiences for both the beginner and the experienced artist. Spend four weeks getting personalized instruction in the medium you most want to explore. Come by for a hands-on Saturday workshop with a regional artist. Be inspired by the Taubman’s innovative exhibitions and rich permanent collection. 

Saturday Workshops

Thursday Night Workshops

Adult Studio Classes

Children's Studio Classes

How To Register


Saturday Workshops

Exercise your creative mind. Join us on Saturdays for a series of workshops with regional artists.

Soapstone Animal Carving  |  November 1, 2014  |  12:30-3:30pm

Instructor: Gail Geer
Fee: $30 members, $35 non-members + $15 supply fee
For Adults & Children (9 years and older)

During a one, 3-hour session students will create a small soapstone sculpture. We will use soapstone to create carvings with hand tools. Students will learn to look at the stone and see shapes and forms that lead to the final sculpture. Expect to work hard. No prior knowledge of carving is assumed. Instruction will use basic terminology, and all techniques will be demonstrated to the students as we introduce each tool. Wear working clothes and plan to get dusty! All stone and necessary tools will be provided.

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Abstract Speed Painting  |  December 6, 2014  |  10:30am-4:30pm

Instructor: David M. Kessler
Fee: $45 members, $50 non-members, $40 students + $15 supply fee

Registration available soon!

Thursday Night Workshops

Wine & Paint: Inspired by Andy Warhol  |  November 20, 2014  |  5:30-8:30pm

Instructor: Lindee Katdare
Fee: $45 members, $50 non-members
For Adults (21 years and older)

In this exclusive event, we provide everything you need for a relaxing, creative evening. Artist Lindee Katdare provides stroke by stroke instructions, paint, a 16” x 20” canvas, brushes, and easel. Your one-of-a-kind artwork inspired by the museum’s exhibitions is yours to take home! No experience necessary.

Registration fee includes one glass of wine.

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Adult Studio Classes

Learn a new skill or update your technique in a familiar medium. Classes are taught by a professional artist in small groups, so you receive the support and guidance you need.

DIY: Pattern Design for Textiles and Commercial Products  |  December 4, 11 & 18, 2014  |  6:00-9:00pm

Instructor: Amy Herzel
Fee: $60 members, $75 non-members, $55 students + $15 supply fee

In this series of workshops participants will explore a variety of pattern making techniques using linear and object-based imagery. Inspired by motifs from around the world or from your own everyday life we will practice the principles and elements of design in our patterns. Through demonstrations, samples, class guided exercises and one-on-one tutorials each participant will create at least two patterns and translate them onto the commercial media of their choice. Participants will learn how to prepare an image for digital upload to a commercial site and will be given the option of creating wall paper, fabric and wrapping paper to be ordered from their own design account online. Once uploaded all final products will then be public and may be available for purchase by all the participants in the class as well as friends and family.

Children's Studio Classes

Join us for one Saturday a month as we explore different art techniques and topics.  Each workshop will cover a different theme or technique that piques your young artist’s interest!  Topics include: Soapstone Carving, Graphic Novels, Papermaking, and Clay Sculpting!  

Please check back for more children's studio class opportunities!


How To Register

  • Online (Follow the class title link above)
  • By Phone, call 540.342.5760
  • By Mail, mail check to Taubman Museum of Art, c/o Museum School, 110 Salem Ave SE, Roanoke, VA 24011
  • In Person

Enrollment for each class is limited; registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Full payment must accompany registration; the Museum accepts cash, check, or credit card. Registered students will recieve a confirmation by email the week prior to the start of class, with details about class requirements, supplies, and museum procedures. Photographers are on duty at museum events to capture images for the museum's archives and publications. If you prefer not to have pictures taken of yourself or family members, please notify the instructor. 

Fees are nonrefundable except when the Taubman cancels a class.

For more information, call 540.342.5760.