Emerging Teens Program

Fall, Winter, and Spring After-School Classes

This free program is for students aged 12 – 14 with a passion for art, a curiosity for learning in a museum environment, and a craving for new experiences with artists and peers. Mentored by an SBMA Teaching Artist participants dive into the themes of a current exhibition and/or a featured artist during a session of four – six weekly classes. Inspired by these themes, the group creates art in a variety of mediums, showcases their resulting artwork, and leads activities connected to their discoveries at a culminating event.

Classes take place 4 – 6 pm on Thursdays at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art or Ridley-Tree Education Center at McCormick House. There is a 12-student capacity and enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants must be able to commit to all classes and the culminating event dates within each session.

To be added to the e-teen email list for the 2023 – 2024 Fall Winter and Spring Session please email communityprograms@sbma.net

Emerging Teens Fall After-School Class

Mixed Media Interactive Altar for Day of the Dead

Thursdays, September 14-October 19, 2023 | 4 – 6pm | Ages: 12 – 14

Ridley-Tree Education Center

In this six-week mixed media after-school class students will experiment with various painting techniques, mark making, collage, printmaking, and set design to create an interactive altar for the Museum’s October 24th Day of the Dead Free Community Day.

On October 22 from 11am – 4pm students will work alongside Museum Teaching Artists to facilitate community member’s interactions with the altar, providing a valuable opportunity to present their work to the public.

Instructors: Nicola Gherson + Carlos Bardales


To enroll, please fill out this form here.

Emerging Teens Winter After-School Class

Reimagining Ancient Myths in 2-D and 3-D Mixed Media

Thursdays, February 8 – March 14, 2024 | 4 – 6 pm | Ages: 12 – 14

Ridley-Tree Education Center

In this six-week, mixed media-focused after-school class, students explore art objects from three ancient world cultures. Taking inspiration from a variety Greco-Roman, Mesoamerican, and Southeast Asian earthenware, students design their own vessels and 2-D works retelling or reinventing mythology.

Instructors: Nicola Ghersen + Carlos Bardales


To enroll, please fill out this form here.

For more information please contact the education department: communityprograms@sbma.net

E-Teen Program Support

SBMA is pleased to offer the E-Teen After-School Program at no cost to local students. Please consider a voluntary donation to the Education Fund. Any amount is appreciated!

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