available in all online and in-person classes during the first week of each month
But first, a bit about our program...
What we do: Museo Art Academy offers a wide variety of weekly art classes for ages 5 - 19, both in person at our Issaquah, WA studios and online via Zoom. From painting to pottery, all lessons are designed to exceed the National Standards for Arts Education, teaching the elements and principles of art and design along with art movements and the work of master artists.
We use a variety of teaching methods through which each student is encouraged to express their own unique style. Each lesson focuses heavily on the CREATIVE PROCESS with emphasis on developing skills. It is our goal to cultivate creative confidence and individual expression in every student. Our experienced and well-qualified instructors provide knowledgeable, respectful, and friendly guidance and support in a safe and comfortable environment as students explore concepts, media, and techniques.
Why we do it: Arts education helps students build 21st Century Skills, skills that are needed for success in school, work, and community. While teaching skills educators call the 4Cs, Creativity, Communication, Collaboration, and Critical Thinking, arts education also provides students with opportunities to take risks, solve problems, experience failure and success and understand themselves as creative beings.
According to the Arts in Education Partnership’s 2013 report, Preparing Students for the Next America, The Benefits of an Arts Education, “Creativity is among the top ranking of “in demand” qualities. 65% of Americans believe that creativity is central to the U.S.'s role as a global leader. 97% of business leaders agreed that creativity is of increasing importance in the workplace. However, 85% of employers seeking creative candidates had trouble finding qualified applicants.” Creativity is an essential precursor to innovation and by providing high quality arts education for our students, we’re better preparing our communities for the future.
Not only does arts education prepare children to be creative leaders in their chosen fields as adults, but studies suggest it also encourages a greater understanding of others, tolerance, empathy, and openness to collaboration, skills that go much further than any test could measure.
Our philosophy: Art is subjective and extremely personal. There is no “right way” to create it or experience it, but rather endless opportunity for discovery.
Art moves us. It can be incredibly beautiful and quite disturbing. Most importantly of all, it can make us open our eyes to the world as it relates to others. One does not need to decide whether he “likes” it or not; just consider it.
I believe growth in art appreciation and artistic ability comes from a never-ending process of building experiences. How we interpret or react to something is personal and unique and is a product of our own individual journey. Hours of formal training, trial and error, admiration and imitation of observed techniques, tons of practice, spontaneous results–they all help to create the artist of the future. I hope that you’ll come join us to pursue your journey of discovery.
-Marci Knutsen, Founder & President
Now, on to that FREE TRIAL!
HOW TO SIGN UP FOR A FREE TRIAL
Once you've identified your desired class, confirm that it's active and has space available (meaning it's not waitlisted) then click the "register" link on the class listing and complete the registration form.
Include the promo code "CONNECT" to waive the standard drop-in fee. Already have an account and signing up via the parent portal? Just write "CONNECT" in the comment box when you sign up.
NOTE TO FAMILIES WHO ARE NEW TO MUSEO: You'll need to enter a valid Visa or Mastercard in order to submit the trial class registration form; however, no fee will be posted for your trial. Space in our classes is limited so a $25 payment will be processed only for a NO SHOW. Please be sure to cancel your trial at least 24 hours in advance to avoid this charge.
Your trial will be scheduled in your selected class (subject to availability) on the soonest upcoming date that falls within the first week of the month. You'll receive a separate confirmation email with all the necessary info.
After your trial, if you like the class and decide that you want to enroll, just let us know. If not, no worries, your student will automatically drop from the roster following the trial so there's no commitment.
Interested in taking multiple classes? This is a great way to find more classes that are just the right fit for you. Each additional class for a single student will be discounted 10%.