Classes & Workshops

Classes + Workshops for Adults

BAM’s studio art program encourages the creative abilities of all participants by offering experiences in a variety of art media which provide opportunities for making connections with BAM’s exhibitions. Through reputable artists and educators, we provide quality instruction for all ages in a small-class, non-competitive and enjoyable atmosphere.  Class size is limited to optimize learning.  Participants must pre-register to reserve a space as class size is limited.  Please dress for mess!

Seniors Create!  Lifelong Learning Arts Masterclass

New Program Designed for Older Adults!
Come meet other people with similar interests. Relax and enjoy learning new artistic skills at the Boise Art Museum.

Ages: 55+

Each workshop = 4 weeks, 2 sessions per week, total of 8 sessions
Tuesdays & Thursdays
2:30 – 4:00 p.m. at the Boise Art Museum

$160 per 8-session workshop for BAM Members (Join today and save!)
$210 per 8-session workshop for non-members

Materials are provided for use during the workshops, including accessible seating.


  • Learn from professional teaching artists
  • Develop artistic skills
  • View and discuss artworks in BAM’s exhibitions and Permanent Collection
  • Experience the Museum behind-the-scenes
  • Practice techniques that contribute to general well-being, develop patience, reduce anxiety, center mindfulness for mental acuity, dexterity, and overall mental health benefits
  • Celebrate your artistic accomplishments and growth at the end of the workshop

This program is supported by a grant from E.A. Michelson Philanthropy, ArtBridges Foundation, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


Art and Story: Mixed-media Narrative Art

Professional Teaching Artist:  Veiko Valencia

February 20, 22, 27, 29, March 5, 7, 12, 14 (first workshop)
February workshop FULL. 
April 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25 (repeat workshop with new participants)
April workshop FULL. E-mail to be placed on the waitlist.

2:30 – 4:00 p.m. at the Boise Art Museum

Materials are provided for use during the workshop.

Explore the relationships between text and image and the diversity of stories communicated through visual art.  Work with professional artist Veiko Valencia to create your own narrative artworks.  The exhibitions Silver Linings:  Celebrating the Spelman Art Collection and RYAN! Feddersen:  Coyote Now will provide many inspirational examples.  Experiment with a variety of media including color pencils, ink, watercolor, collage, and acrylic paint, and incorporate your favorite literary works or your own personal writings to create art with a story.

Art Camps for Children

BAM’s studio art programs encourage the creative abilities of all participants by offering experiences in a variety of art media. Campers will spend time with original artwork and make their own projects in the studios every day. All activities are inspired by BAM’s current exhibitions and instructed by professional Art Educators and Artists. Group sizes are small for individualized attention and safety. Pre-registration required.


Please bring campers dressed for messy and outdoor activities. Bring a packed lunch, water bottle, sunscreen, and hat. A Medical Information Card for each student will be mailed when the registration form is received. The student may attend only after the form has been completed, signed and returned to BAM. Children are required to be checked in and out of classes and camps at BAM by a parent or guardian each day.

Select a class name below for information and to register.

Full-Day Camps

No classes, workshops, or programs at this time.

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 November 2023

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