Studio Programs


Registration for classes may be done in person at the Museum of Nature & Science, 411 N. Main St. Tuesday – Saturday, 10am-4pm. Registrations may also be done now online for all our free and paid programs.  Please click here to be taken to our registration page.  For more information call 575.528.3330 or email  (Classes are subject to cancellation if they do not meet minimum enrollment.)

Scholarships are available through the generosity of the Foundation for Las Cruces Museums’ William Wachtel Memorial Scholarship Fund. To apply visit

Studio Programs offer access to creative learning opportunities for children, teens, and adults in the Las Cruces community. Classes are for people of all skill levels, and students have the chance to learn a new skill or enhance existing knowledge while guided by local, experienced, and qualified professional artists.

Click here to register for museum classes

Friday Night Painting Parties (18+) 

An evening of painting, socializing, and FUN!  No art skills needed. All supplies will be provided. $20 per person.  Each will be held from 6-8pm with snacks and drinks.  Sign up now as classes are filling up FAST!! 

                                      January 5          February 2        

Winter Session I - 2024 

(Registration will run Nov 28, 2023, through Jan 6, 2024)

Classes will run January 17 - February 24


Adult Ceramics I – 10a-1230p - $120

Adult Intro to Drawing & Painting – 1030a-1230p - $80

Adult Found Object Painting – 230p-430p - $80

Teen Ceramics – 530p-730p - $60

Adult Watercolors – 530p-730p - $80


Adult Ceramics I – 10a-1230p - $120

Adult Watercolors – 10a-12p - $80

Adult Jewelry/Metalworking – 10a-12p - $120

Adult Oil Painting – 230p-430p - $80

Adult Ceramics II – 2p-430p - $120

Teen Painting – 530p-730p - $60

Teen Intro to Fiber Arts – 530p-730p - $60



Adult Ceramics I – 10a-1230p - $120

Kids Drawing & Painting (ages 6-10) – 10a-12p - $50

Kids Mixed Media (ages 6-10) – 10a-12p - $50

Kids Clay (ages 10-13) – 130p-330p - $50

Kids Drawing & Painting (ages 10-13) – 130p-330p - $50

Adult Weaving – 130p-330p - $80


Rock Painting - Friday, January 19 10a-12p

Printmaking - Friday, January 19, 1-3p

Adult Classes

  1. Ceramics Classes
  2. Mixed Media
  3. Painting & Drawing

Ceramics I

This class is designed for beginner students to learn and practice basic techniques for building functional ceramic forms. Begin by exploring hand-building techniques such as coil and slab building, then move on to creating forms such as bowls, cups, and mugs on the potter’s wheel. Learn about glazing techniques and bring home functional pottery.

Ceramics II

Further your ceramics skills by continuing to practice basic techniques to build functional and decorative ceramic forms. This class will help you hone your skills in hand-building and wheel throwing. Prerequisite: Ceramics I or approval from the Studio Programs Coordinator.

Advanced Sculpting

This class is designed for students who are ready to build upon their basic ceramic skills and ideas by using hand-building techniques to sculpt. Starting with a quick overview of the materials and techniques from beginner ceramics, the class then moves on to more advanced instructor-led projects intended to help students expand their skills.  
Prerequisite: Ceramics I or approval from the Studio Programs Coordinator  

Kids / Teens Classes

  1. Ceramics
  2. Drawing & Painting
  3. Mixed Media

Kids Clay (ages 6-10 and 10-13)

Students will get to have fun and get messy with clay in between their fingers. Students will learn about clay and ceramics while being led by the instructor to create ceramic artworks such as ice cream bowls, bird houses, animal faces and more. Each student gets to paint their work at the end and go home with multiple works of art.

Teen Ceramics (ages 13-17)

Students in this class will learn some basics of ceramics and then move on to learn the ancient art of wheel- throwing pottery under the direction of one of our art instructors. In this class, teens are introduced to the potter’s wheel to learn the tricky yet extremely fun and tactile skill of wheel throwing. Students will learn how to create bowls, plates, mugs and more, which will then be glazed and taken home at the end of class.