Hands-on workshops



How do objects and places help shape our identities? How can we design objects, places, and images that help us imagine a better future?

Four new exhibitions in the Mise-en-Scène exhibition series explore how our visual and material cultures shape our identities, share stories, and create spaces for reflection and imagination.

The Arts Center will provide age-appropriate workshops for school tours experiencing the Mise-en-Scène exhibitions in connection to the exhibitions Mary Nohl and the Walrus Club and Apartment 4.

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

Visual and Material Culture Library (suggested for 1st–8th grade)
One-hour tour and one-hour hands-on art experience
Cost $5.00

The Visual and Material Culture Library will take students to a time in the near future where robot librarians help us collect, create, archive, and analyze visual and material culture. Inspired by the work of artists such as Saya Woolfalk, Scott Reeder, Joianne Bittle, Ray Yoshida, Mark Baum, and Mary Nohl, the Visual and Material Culture Library will invite students to create a specimen of visual or material culture of the future.

Visiting with an early elementary or Pre-k group? The Visual and Material Culture Library experience 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's grounds and washrooms. 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 artists for spring 2019 are Maggie Sasso and Beatriz Cortez. 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.