Art classes at the museum with teaching artists!

Discover a variety of classes taught by accomplished local artists who are excited to share their expertise with you and your family.


Absolute beginners and seasoned artists welcome!

Whether you are picking up a paintbrush for the first time, or refining techniques you have practiced for years, you will find a supportive, fun and enriching atmosphere at ICA San Diego. Don't let this opportunity pass you by.

See you at the studio!

Art classes for teens and kids at the museum

Drawing and Painting for Kids (In Person)

In this class kids will learn a variety of materials and techniques including watercolor, tempera, mixed media, pastels, color pencils, charcoal and more to challenge and inspire their inner artist.

While learning techniques, kids will increase their skills and broaden their awareness of contemporary art. All materials provided.


Youth Ceramics In-Person

Kids will explore how to shape clay as a creative medium!

They will learn wheel throwing and hand-building techniques and how to glaze projects as they create various objects to take home. Whether they choose to make a pot or an animal sculpture students will learn key ceramic skills, and observe, follow through, and understand the importance of dedication. All materials provided.


Youth Studio In-Person

Explore multiple art techniques and endless possibilities!

In this class the teaching artist will work with each student individually, according to their level and skills.

In 2 hrs. students will be working with all 2D art media: pencil drawing, color pencils, watercolors, oil and dry pastels, pen and ink, watercolor and more to help create amazing portfolio pieces and make friends among other art fans of their age. All materials provided.


Art for Kids

Our talented teacher encourage kids to express themselves, emphasize creativity and experimentation.

Your kids will develop motor skills, hand-eye coordination, problem solving and self-confidence as they learn to make paintings, collages, drawings and sculptures with a range of media for one stunning creation per class. All materials provided.

Parent Stories

"Lila thoroughly enjoyed this camp and is looking forward to next week. Thank you for providing this for our little artist in such difficult times!"

ICA San Diego (Formerly known as LUX Art Institute Summer Camp 2021.

"Talia loved the class and I hope you offer more! Once a week, for six weeks, or twice a week...after school!! Thank you"

ICA San Diego (Formerly known as LUX Art Institute Summer Camp 2021.

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"I would like to take a moment to share with you the wonderful experience my daughter had this week. She found the work space, inviting and comfortable. The teacher Alex, was welcoming and encouraging. My daughter so enjoyed her time under Alex's tutelage that we purchased a family ceramics lab membership.

Teenagers do not always respond to authority figures. Alex struck the perfect balance of educator and mentor which allowed my daughter to blossom!"

— Stephanie Schneider

Art Classes for adults:  Develop your artistic instincts

Drawing Techniques

Our talented teachers will guide you through the drawing techniques and methods of the masters!

Learn fundamentals of drawing such as composition, texture, value, line, and to recognize proportion.


Still Life Reconstructed

Become an expert on the evolution of still life throughout history and explore the significance of the art genre. You will develop observational painting and drawing skills including components related to composition, scale, perspective, and depth.

Beyond this, our talented teaching artist will encourage you to develop your own personal style including paint quality, paint application, and palette preferences.

In addition, you will also learn how to make your own canvas, prep the canvas, and develop palette mixing skills.

Practice and learn ceramics skills at our lab in our inspiring & beautiful location

Wheel Throwing for Beginners

Our recognized teachers will guide our first timers students step-by-step through the fundamentals of wheel throwing, trimming and glazing.

Enjoy your initial experience of working with clay in our professional lab and learn how to make gifts for loved ones like a master. Includes: class clay, firing and glazing!


Handbuilding

Before ceramicists invented the wheel, handbuilding was the only way they could create functional and artistic ceramic forms!

Join us for a six week class and learn the traditional hand-building and surface treatment techniques to create sculptural and practical objects out of clay. No experience is required, and all materials included!


Wheel Throwing Beginner-Intermediate

A ceramics class in our lab at the museum located in the beautiful coastal community of Encinitas!

If this is your first time, you will be guided by our proffesional teaching artists to learn essential forms that may be used to make bowls, plates, mugs, vases, and other items.

If you have experience and feel proficient in fundamental throwing methods you can concentrate on increasingly complicated shapes, glazing, and surface design approaches!


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