Hands-on workshops



Where does an artist work? What materials do they use in their studio? What inspires their process?

Four new exhibitions exploring artistic spaces and processes invite us to observe the similarities and differences between artists’ processes and inspirations.

The Arts Center will provide age-appropriate workshops for school tours experiencing LIVE/WORK in connection to the exhibitions Mary Nohl and the Walrus Club and Apartment 4, and the new Art in Public Spaces installation P.E.A.R.L.

These workshop activities are designed to deepen the experiencing of art, foster creativity, and nurture skills to engage with art independently.

Schedule your school tour today! Click HERE to book a K–12 field trip.

Workshop Options

Light and Color Lab (suggested for 3rd – 8th grade)
One-hour tour and one-hour hands-on art experience
Cost $5.00

What colors represent you? How does our identity change when we are in different environments?

This year, we have transformed our hands-on studio into the light and color lab, a choice-based experience where students are given time to explore similar materials and studio processes to those currently on view at JMKAC.

Each student will choose to create a either a two-dimensional artwork, a three-dimensional sculpture, or a mobile inspired by artists such as Mary Nohl, Odili Donald Odita, Sonja Thomson, Tres Birds Workshop, Virgil Marti, and Peggy Noland.

Experimenting with color and light, students will use a variety of materials to achieve a limitless possibility of designs to create an artwork that reflects their identity. Before leaving the lab with their new inspirations, students will share their findings with their group and document the results of their experiment in a lab report.

Visiting with an early elementary or pre-k group? The light and color lab can be adapted for younger groups, and we welcome collaboration or feedback to ensure that your visit helps achieve your curricular goals.

Pewter Cast Symbols and Adornments (6th–12th grade) one-hour tour and one-hour hands-on art experience
Cost $6.00

Examine the Arts/Industry (A/I) works of art seen throughout the Arts Center grounds and washrooms, and in the current A/I exhibition Dark Matter by artist Joel Otterson. Design and cast a symbol or adornment that can be created into a three-dimensional sculpture, pendant, or adornment.

ExAIR (Exhibition Artists-in Residence) brings artists featured in the exhibitions to the Arts Center to share their creative processes with the community. (5th–12th grade) one-hour tour and one-hour hands-on art experience
Cost $6.00

Our ExAIR artist for fall 2018 is Sarah Luther. Please email bookatour@jmkac.org to inquire about available dates.

Exhibition Artists-in-Residence (ExAIR)


ExAIR residencies offer students exciting opportunities to meet and work with renowned artists exhibiting at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. Participants learn more about the artist practice and explore the creative process with the artists.

Find Out More About ExAIR >

Please contact Community Arts Residency Coordinator Craig Grabhorn at cgrabhorn@jmkac.org with inquiries about featured artists.