Studio Programs

Onsite classes are back!!

For the most up to date information on our studio art programs, please see page 7 of our current CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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.

Discover the artist within through various classes including:

  • Ceramics
  • Drawing
  • Mixed media
  • Painting
  • Much more


Please note that classes are subject to cancellation if they do not meet minimum enrollment. Registration for all classes and programs closes at 4pm the Saturday before the first day the session begins.

Session Dates available through August 2

Adult Classes

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

Ceramics 1

This class is designed for beginner students to learn and practice basic techniques for building functional ceramic forms. Begin by exploring handbuilding 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 2

Whether you prefer throwing on the potter’s wheel or handbuilding, this class will refine your making and decorating skills. This is intended for students who are ready to expand upon the basic skills and ideas gained in an introductory course. Starting with a quick overview of the materials used in the MoA studio and a review of the techniques from Ceramics 1, the class then moves to more complicated Instructor-led projects intended to help students practice and expand their skills. Prerequisite: Ceramics 1 or permission of the Studio Program Coordinator.

Ceramics 3

This class is designed for students to continue to refine and strengthen the techniques they have learned in Ceramics 1 and 2.  Students work semi-independently, pursuing clay as an art form in the production of both functional and nonfunctional pieces. The emphasis will be on completing more complicated projects through fine tuning form, function and pottery design. In consultation with the Instructor, the class will select 2-3 projects to complete over the course of the class.  Prerequisite: Ceramics 2 or permission of the Studio Programs Coordinator.

Kids / Teens Classes

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

Clay for Kids (ages 6-8)

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.

Through the Wheel (ages 13-17)

Learn the ancient art of wheel-throwing pottery. 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.