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Salina, KS, 67401


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Salina Art Center education programs are designed to provide learners of every age the opportunity to construct meaning from active encounters with visual art.

Through programs designed for all levels of development, participants are actively involved in:

The benefits of participation include:


NEW! ARTtots

Learn, Create, and Grow Together! Ages 0-3 with an accompanying adult.

This new program will introduce young children to basic artmaking skills and lay the foundation for a lifelong love of the arts. Children attend with a parent, grandparent, special caring adult, or caregiver for an hour-long workshop let by artists and designed for participants to work on at their own level. Children and adults will explore various artistic mediums such as painting, printmaking, sculpture, papermaking, and more. Integrating the arts into early childhood education can help develop observational, fine motor, and problem solving skills.

$10 per adult drop in fee (Fee includes all supplies)

No more than 2 children per 1 adult

9-10am on the 2nd Wednesday of the month starting on October

Dates: October 11, November 8, December 13, January 10, February 14, March 14, April 11, May 9


Interdisciplinary Arts Classes for Young Children Ages 4, 5 & 6

MultiARTs is an 8-week program that meets twice a week to explore different art media. Children have the opportunity to creatively express themselves using painting, clay, photography, mixed media, printmaking, plus more. We also have an Exploration Time where the children play games and do other activities that explore and reinforce the ideas behind how each media is used.  

Ages: 4-6

Enrollment is limited to 10 children. All supplies and snacks are included.

Class Fee: $60

Class Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays. Children can enroll in morning (9:30-11 a.m.) OR afternoon (12:30-2 p.m.) classes.

(We will not meet when USD305 is not in session.)

Early Enrollment for Art Center Members July 26 - August 9! Member fees are $54 per child. Please stop by the Art Center or call 785-827-1431 to register. Payment must be received at the time of enrollment. Regular rates and enrollment begin through Parks and Recreation Monday, July 31.

Fall Session

September 19, 21, 26, 28

October 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, 31

November 2, 7, 9

Spring Session

February 13,15, 20, 22, 27

March 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 27, 29

April 3, 5, 10, 12

Our enrollment is conducted through Salina Parks & Recreation.  

Please call 785.309.5765 to enroll. Join us for Creativity and Fun!

A partnership between the Salina Art Center and City of Salina Parks & Recreation.

Afterschool Studio

Weekly Artmaking Classes for Grade K-5

Do you love art? Join other young artists to explore visual art and improve existing skills. We will apply the elements of art and principles of design as we learn about new techniques and mediums. Learn to connect your ideas with artistic process. A great opportunity to build on previous experience while preparing for more advanced learning. Each three-week unit will focus on a different art discipline.

Grades K-2: Thursdays 4-5:30pm

Instructor: Anne Hoekstra

Drawing: October 5, 12, 19 $30

        Painting: November 2, 9, 16 $30

        Sculpture: February 1, 8, 15 $30

        Printmaking: March 1, 8, 15 $30

        Papermaking: April 5, 12, 19 $30

Grades 3-5: Tuesdays 4-5:30pm

Instructor: Krista Demars

        Drawing: October 3, 10, 17 $30

        Painting: November 7, 14, 21 $30

        Sculpture: February 6, 13, 20 $30

        Printmaking: March 6, 13, 20 $30

        Papermaking: April 3, 10, 17 $30

Enrollment is limited to 10 participants per class. To enroll, complete online form and pay via PayPal here, or download printable form here, complete, and mail with payment to Salina Art Center, 242 S. Santa Fe, Salina, KS 67401. For more information, contact us at 785.827.1431 or Payment must be received at the time of enrollment.

Art Center members receive $5 off class fees.


A FREE Afterschool Program

DISCOVERERS is for middle school students who have a strong interest in art and who will commit to regular weekly attendance throughout the school year.

Students who participate in the DISCOVERERS program will:

• Work and learn with local artists as they show you how they make art and why.

• Explore and experiment with a variety of art materials and processes.

• Develop and express independent ideas and discuss them.

• Learn new ways of problem solving.

DISCOVERERS meets every Wednesday right after school. Transportation from school to the Art Center is provided by the OCCK public transportation system. Students have a light snack and then begin making art with local and regional artists and Art Center staff members. When the sessions end at 5 p.m., parents/guardians pick up students at the Art Center.

Lessons for DISCOVERERS are planned in sequential, multi-week units. Participants need to attend every week in order to complete their art works. In the event of excused absences we will work with students to help them catch up. IMPORTANT: Any student who has two unexcused absences will be dropped from the program and replaced by a student from the waiting list.

The Art Center asks that all students:

• Abide by the same rules of conduct that apply at school.

• Treat people, ideas, materials, and place with respect.

• Show their willingness to think and work collaboratively and independently.

• The Salina Art Center has a policy of non-violence and provides a safe nurturing environment for creative expression.

How Can I Help a Student Participate?

• Download, print, and fill out this form, or

• Pick up a form at your school or the Salina Art Center, or

• Email or call 785.827.1431 and request a form.

Parents/guardians receive an information packet through the mail and grant permission for their student to participate by sending in a signed postcard. Students are enrolled on a first-come, first-served basis. A waiting list is maintained for the duration of the program to ensure the maximum number of students have a chance to participate.

DISCOVERERS is supported, in part, with a grant from the Greater Salina Community Foundation, L. P. “Pat” Mullen Fund


Second Sundays

FREE Monthly Artmaking Events for All Ages and Abilities!

Second Sunday of each month, September through April, 2-4 p.m.

Sept 10, Oct 8, Nov 12, Dec 10, Jan 14, Feb 11, March 11, April 8

Join us on the second Sunday of the month for a FREE two hour workshop! Connect ideas and techniques with Art Center exhibits. Explore artmaking processes such as drawing, printing, sculpting, and more. Experiment with tools and materials and share fun and creative experiences under the guidance of an artist and educator. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

The ARTery

A free, interactive arts lab dedicated to experimentation and practice with a variety of art materials and techniques

Visitors can choose from a menu of guided artmaking exercises, including activities related to the current exhibition, or simply explore on their own. Gallery attendants are on hand to answer questions, and resource materials are provided alongside an array of art media.

Exploring the qualities and characteristics of various materials in this relaxed setting encourages thoughtful creativity through artistic investigation and problem solving. The ARTery is a great place to wonder, invent, and learn; it has become a favorite leisure time destination for families, teens, and adults who wish to spend time in a creative environment.


Wednesday - Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Exhibition Tours

Interested in in-depth conversations and developing deeper connections with exhibiting artists? Would you like to learn more about contemporary art in the context of art history? Gather your favorite group together (a few friends, your family, youth group, coworkers, clients, etc.) and explore art through lively discussion and art activities with a trained docent educator. Tours and activities can be personalized for various ages, interests, and abilities.

Tours and accompanying ARTery activities are always free, contact Gretchen Boyum at 785-827-1431 or for more information or to make your reservation!


When arriving for classes outside of regular open hours (Wednesday - Sunday, 11am-5pm), please use the back entrance, off the 7th Street parking lot.

Contact SAC for scholarships or sliding scale fees.  We want everyone to have the opportunity to participate in the arts!

The Salina Art Center’s exhibitions and programs are supported by Art Center donors and members and the Salina Arts & Humanities Grants Program, the City of Salina.
The Salina Art Center is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

Development of this website was supported in part by the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.