The Department of Art, Art History, and Design’s Saturday Morning Art (SmART) program is part of the Department’s Art Education degree program, which provides pre-service art education majors the opportunity to interact and work with school-age children. The creative program serves to broaden and enrich the art and educational experiences of all involved and is designed to expand SmART participants’ artistic and problem-solving skills, as well as their aesthetic and cultural awareness and sensitivity. The Fall Semester program will provide 5 class sessions of instruction and an exhibition day for middle school and high school students, 12-18 years old. Spring Semester will offer classes for elementary and middle school aged students.

Due to the MSU home football schedule, Fall Semester Saturday Morning Art Program will be reconfigured as Wednesday Evening Art (WE Art) beginning Wednesday, October 5th and running through Wednesday, November 2nd. All classes will meet from 6:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. at the Kresge Art Center.  A non-refundable materials fee of $70.00 per child is charged for the semester.

12 to 14 Year Old Group – (there will be two class sections for this age group)

Class 1 will focus on 2-D art, such as drawing skills, painting techniques, and the printmaking process.

Class 2 will focus on 3-D art by exploring additive and subtractive techniques with various materials such as ceramics, wood, and plaster.

15 to 18 Year Old Group – (there will be one class section for this age group)

Class 3 will include both 2-D and 3-D art projects, exploring the creative process on a more individual level.  Projects will be more open to personal interests, incorporating visual thinking strategies to enhance the student’s final artistic creations.

To ensure an appropriate and fulfilling learning experience for your child, as well as a proper teaching experience for the instructors, these age qualifications and class categories are not negotiable.

The deadline for enrollment is September 30th, 2022.  Enrollment is on a first come, first serve basis, so please enroll as early as possible as availability is limited. You will receive email confirmation of your enrollment prior to the first class meeting.

The application along with the three required MSU forms for youth programs can be accessed at  Application, enrollment fee and three required MSU forms are needed for enrollment!

The non-refundable enrollment fee is $70.00 per student to register and pay, please use the link below:

Thank you for your interest. We look forward to meeting you and your young artists.


Dr. Susannah Van Horn

Director of Saturday Morning Art (WE Art) & Art Education Assistant Professor

(517) 353-4278

The Kresge Art Center is fully accessible to persons with disabilities.

For special accommodations, please call (517) 353-4278.

Please View Our Virtual Art Galleries from Previous years:

Click Here


Parent Feedback


“My daughter is having a great time with this Art workshop and is looking forward to the interesting activities in their next sessions. Thanks so much!” – Mrs. Jaype