Hands-on workshops


Embark on a yearlong exploration of art environments. This series of fifteen exhibitions not only offers a rare opportunity to experience the work of seventeen art-environment builders from the Arts Center’s world-renowned collection, it incorporates new writing and works of art produced by scholars, curators, musicians, and exceptional theorists from wide-ranging disciplines in response to the environments.

The Arts Center has created school tools that help each age group experience THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED. These workshop activities are designed to deepen the experience of art, foster creativity, and nurture skills to engage with art independently.

Schedule your school tour today! Please email bookatour@jmkac.org.

Hands-on Workshops

Art-making experiences that challenge students to develop their own creative potential using a variety of materials and techniques.

Nek Chand Figures (pre-k–1st grade) 30-minute tour and 30-minute hands-on experience

The World in a Garden: Nek Chand, featured in our main gallery exhibition, will inspire students to create one-of-a-kind miniature figures using clay, fabric, cardboard cones, and mixed media. Display your figures in a vibrant art environment back in your classroom.

Beast-in-a-Box (2nd–5th grade) 45-minute tour and 45-minute hands-on experience

Inspired by the work, stories, and folklore of Levi Fisher Ames, students will sculpt an imaginary Beast-in-a Box using air-dry clay and mixed, natural materials.  Each student will develop a story to bring their beast to life using the who-what-where-when model.

Miniature Kinetic Sculptures (6th–12th grade) one-hour tour and one-hour hands-on experience

Emery Blagdon designed “The Healing Machine” to channel the earth’s energies and alleviate pain and illness. Students will construct a three-dimensional component made from wire, copper, foil, metallic found objects, buttons, beads, and a variety of mixed media. Upon completion, participants will suspend their component on a large armature to create a group kinetic sculpture.

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

Examine the Arts/Industry works of art seen throughout the grounds and restrooms of the Arts Center. Design and cast a symbol or adornment that can be created into a three-dimensional sculpture, pendant, or adornment.

Lend Me Your Ear Jeltrate Casting (6th–12th grade) one-hour tour and one-hour hands-on experience

Inspired by the castings exhibited in the Volumes: Stella Waitzkin exhibition, students will cast their own ear, nose, mouth, or fingers using alginate and sculpture wax. The wax body part components are mounted on mat board and completed with a written exploration of a personal identity component.

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.

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