Studio Programs


Registration for classes must be done in person at the Museum of Nature & Science, 411 N. Main St. Tuesday – Saturday, 10am-4pm. For more information call 575.522.3120 or email  Classes are subject to cancellation if they do not meet minimum enrollment. 

Please note that programs listed may be updated, rescheduled, cancelled, or altered in observance of public health orders. All changes will be announced on or social media. 

Scholarships are available through the generosity of the Foundation for Las Cruces Museums’ William Wachtel Memorial Scholarship Fund. To apply visit

Onsite classes are back!!

Studio Programs offer access to creative learning opportunities for children, teens, and adults in the Las Cruces community. Classes are for people of all skill levels, and students have the chance to learn a new skill or enhance existing knowledge while guided by local, experienced, and qualified professional artists.

Friday Night Painting Parties (18+) for 2022

An evening of painting, socializing, and FUN!  No art skills needed. All supplies will be provided. $20 per person.  Each will be held from 6-8pm with snacks and drinks.  Sign up now as classes are filling up FAST!!

                                          June 3rd          July 8th

Adult Summer Classes

June 8-25  (registration ends 4pm, 5/28/2022)

Wednesdays (3 sessions)

  • Drawing   530-730pm  ($40)
  • Mixed Media   530-730pm  ($40)
  • Jewelry Making   530-730pm  ($70)  FULL

Thursdays  (3 sessions)

  • Watercolor   530-730pm  ($40)
  • Printmaking   530-730pm  ($40)
  • Ceramics II   530-8pm  ($70)

Saturdays  (3 sessions)

  • Acrylics   10am-12pm  ($40)
  • Bookmaking   10am-12pm  ($40)
  • Ceramics I   10am-1230pm  ($70)  FULL

Child/Teen Summer Classes  (Tuesday - Friday)


June 7-10  (registration ends 4pm,  5/28/2022)

10am – 12pm

  • Drawing (ages 10-13)  FULL
  • Teen Mixed Media (ages 13-17)
  • Kids Clay (ages 6-10)  FULL


  • Teen Drawing (ages 13-17)
  • Mixed Media (ages 6-10)  FULL
  • Kids Clay (ages 10-13)

June 14-17  (registration ends 4pm, 6/4/2022)

10am – 12pm

  • Painting (ages 6-10) FULL
  • Teen Recycled Art (ages 13-17)
  • Kids Clay (ages 10-13)


  • Painting (ages 10-13)  FULL
  • Recycled Art (ages 6-10)  FULL
  • Teen Ceramics (ages 13-17)  FULL

June 21-24  (registration ends 4pm,  6/11/2022)

10am – 12pm

  • Teen Drawing (ages 13-17)
  • Mixed Media (ages 10-13)
  • Kids Clay (ages 6-10)  FULL


  • Drawing (ages 6-10)  FULL
  • Teen Mixed Media (ages 13-17)
  • Kids Clay (ages 10-13)  FULL

Registration for our July classes is also now open.  (** Please note - All classes for ages 6-10 are full for June and July.**)

Please see our Calendar of Events for a full listing of classes being offered in July, 2022.

Adult Classes

  1. Ceramics Classes
  2. Mixed Media
  3. Painting & Drawing

Ceramics I

This class is designed for beginner students to learn and practice basic techniques for building functional ceramic forms. Begin by exploring hand-building techniques such as coil and slab building, then move on to creating forms such as bowls, cups, and mugs on the potter’s wheel. Learn about glazing techniques and bring home functional pottery.

Ceramics II

Further your ceramics skills by continuing to practice basic techniques to build functional and decorative ceramic forms. This class will help you hone your skills in hand-building and wheel throwing. Prerequisite: Ceramics I or approval from the Studio Programs Coordinator.

Kids / Teens Classes

  1. Ceramics
  2. Drawing & Painting
  3. Mixed Media

Kids Clay (ages 6-10 and 10-13)

Students will get to have fun and get messy with clay in between their fingers. Students will learn about clay and ceramics while being led by the instructor to create ceramic artworks such as ice cream bowls, bird houses, animal faces and more. Each student gets to paint their work at the end and go home with multiple works of art.

Teen Ceramics (ages 13-17)

Students in this class will learn some basics of ceramics and then move on to learn the ancient art of wheel- throwing pottery under the direction of one of our art instructors. In this class, teens are introduced to the potter’s wheel to learn the tricky yet extremely fun and tactile skill of wheel throwing. Students will learn how to create bowls, plates, mugs and more, which will then be glazed and taken home at the end of class.