Emerging Teens Program


This program is for students aged 12–15 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 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 at 4 – 6 pm on Thursdays at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. There is a ten-student capacity and enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants must be able to commit to all six classes and culminating event dates within each session.


Winter Session – Clay Objects

January 13 – February 24, Excluding February 17

Head Vessel, ca. 400-600 CE, Late Nasca Period. Ceramic. SBMA, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Earnest C. Watson.

Over the course of six weeks, students explore art objects from three ancient world cultures. Taking inspiration from a variety of Greek, Roman, and Mesoamerican earthenware, students design their own ritual objects out of clay.

Program Timeline for Winter Session

Six weekly classes on Thursdays at SBMA
4 – 6 pm

Application Due Thursday, January 6, 2022
Start Date: Thursday, January 13, 2022 (no class on Thursday, February 17)
Final Class: Thursday, February 24, 2022
Culminating Event: Thursday, February 24, 2022 | 5:30 – 6:30 pm


Spring Session – Van Gogh

March 3 – April 14, Excluding March 24

Vincent van Gogh, The Wheatfield (detail),1888. Oil on canvas. Honolulu Museum of Art, Gift of Mrs. Richard A. Cooke and Family in memory of Richard A. Cooke,1946, 377.1.

During this six-week session, students dive into the visual imagination and artistic process of one of the most beloved artists in the world. Borrowing from Van Gogh’s own methods, students combine a variety of visual and literary media to create a collection of two-dimensional works. This session is inspired by the exhibition Through Vincent’s Eyes: Van Gogh and His Sources.

Program Timeline for Spring Session

Six weekly classes on Thursdays at SBMA
4 – 6 pm

Application Due Thursday, February 24, 2022
Start Date: Thursday, March 3, 2022 (no class on Thursday, March 24)
Final Class: Thursday, April 14, 2022
Culminating Event: Thursday, April 14, 2022 | 5:30 – 6:30 pm


Emerging Teens Program Support

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


For more information or to apply, please contact the education department: communityprograms@sbma.net

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