The Studios at the Art Center provides youth, teen, and adult studio art classes.

Classes are taught in a variety of traditional mediums like painting, drawing, printmaking, and ceramics. Specialty classes, such as metals, mixed media, and calligraphy, are also offered. We hire local, practicing artists who have a background and passion for art education. Their mission is to foster a path for students to reach their artistic goals.

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Art Access Program

Partner with Des Moines Art Center on programming that provides art education to under-served audiences.

About Art Access

Scholarships

Scholarships for children and adults with financial need are available to give everyone the opportunity to participate in studio classes.

About Scholarships

Teen Arts Academy

Join us in the studio for a nine-month program designed to assist motivated high school students in the development of a college art portfolio.

About Teen Arts Academy

  • Registration Policies

    • Members receive a 20% discount, to get the discount you must “claim your account” using the same email on file for your membership
    • Adult class registration closes 7 days before the start date
    • Youth registration closes 24 hours before the start date
    • Registration is ONLY complete when we’ve received full payment
    • Confirmations for online registration are auto sent via email
    • Late enrollment requires instructor approval. Tuition and fees will not be prorated
    • All transfers or refunds must be done 7 days prior to the start of class
      • There is a $15 cancellation fee
      • If you must get a refund after the 7 day period the material fee will not be included in the refund
    • The art center reserves the right to cancel classes due to insufficient enrollment with no incurring obligation
      • If a class gets cancelled by us you’ll receive a full refund including material fees with no cancelation fee
      • COVID: We may also cancel classes or move to a virtual platform depending on how case numbers look in Iowa
  • COVID-19 Policies

    • Masks must be worn in the building by all students, faculty and staff regardless of vaccination status
    • There will be no shared tools, you’ll be responsible for keeping your tools separate
    • If you’re feeling ill do not come to class until you can get tested
    • If you test positive let us know  by emailing studioclasses@desmoinesartcenter.org so we can start contact tracing and rescheduling the class so every student can quarantine.