My CMA Studio
Explore experiences for all ages

My CMA Studio provides an opportunity to experiment, play, imagine, take risks and solve problems while exploring creativity and thinking like an artist. In-person programs are designed for intergenerational hands-on experiences within our studio spaces, located within the Center for Creativity. Virtual prompts are provided for at home use with materials easily found in your home studio or kitchen.

Share your creativity using our prompts, our hashtag #myCMAstudio and allow our workspace to be your own Studio when you visit the Columbus Museum of Art.

Beginning in March we are excited to start My CMA Studio Sensory Hours for Open Studio, Spring, Summer, and Winter Art Breaks!
Visitors are invited to enjoy the first hour of select programs as a sensory-friendly space.

Sensory offerings include:
• Overhead lights off with dimming lamps
• Closed closet
• Limited seating
• Sound-canceling headphones
• Weighted blankets and fidget items

Studio Experiences

Open Studio

Every Saturday from 10:30 AM–3:30 PM
Sensory hour from 10:30–11:30 AM beginning in March
Open Studio hours will be from 10:00 AM–3:30 PM beginning in April

Open Studio at CMA engages creative thinking through material exploration and monthly BIG IDEA’s, with local teaching artists joining us once a month. Open Studio experiences are included with admission to CMA, materials and supplies provided.
Monthly Studio Themes

February Theme: Paws and Claws
Join us on a wild artistic adventure! From furry home companions to exotic beasts, let’s unleash our creativity by crafting animal-inspired masterpieces. Can’t wait to see what creatures we’ll create!

March Theme: Birds
Birds are more than just feathered friends; they’re pollinators, symbols, and omens galore! Embark on an exciting journey into their world through various art forms. Join us at the Open Studio to spread your wings!

April Theme: Small Worlds
Ever wondered what secrets a tiny world might hold? Get ready to think like an artist and create your very own miniature universe with the Studio supplies.

May Theme: Dreamscapes
Wonder what it would be like to journey a world that feels like a dream? The Studio journeys through mysterious and strange worlds that belong in dreams through art and creation.

June–July Theme: Groovy Summer
Vibes are sunny, colorful, and full of flower power. Stay cool and get creative in the studio with a 70s inspired color palette, peace signs and smiley faces.
Teaching Artist Schedule
March 9: Mary Ann Crago
April 6: Aline Mello

Birthday Parties at CMA

For ages 4–11
Birthday parties are hosted on Saturdays and Sundays with two timed offerings: 10:00–11:30 AM or 12:30–2:00 PM.
June and July offerings will only be available on Saturdays at 12:30–2:00 PM

The Center for Creativity is the perfect place for your child’s next birthday party! We offer unique, playful, hands-on parties for children ages 4 to 11. Each party includes free general admission to the Museum, decorations, interactive games, and open studio experiences. Guests leave with a creativity bag and are invited to explore the galleries before they depart for the day.

Birthday parties at CMA are $300 for members and $375 for nonmembers.

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Home School Workshops

First Wednesday of the month, October–March, 10:30 AM–12:00 PM

Homeschool students in grades 1–8 can explore and create in this 1-hour experience. Each month features a new topic inspired by our studio prompts.

Registration includes a 60-minute Studio Thinking Workshop, followed by a 30-minute Open Studio experience. Caregivers are encouraged to drop-off their student in the Studio and then connect with other caregivers in the adjacent studio space or enjoy downtime in the galleries or café.

Registration is $20 per student per workshop for nonmembers, Member price is $13 per student per workshop. Fees include Museum admission for the student and one accompanying adult.

Spring Art Breaks

Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
March 19–April 11, 10:00 AM–1:00 PM
Sensory hour from 10:00–11:00 AM

Spend your spring break getting creative in My CMA Studio!

Spring Art Breaks are included with cost of admission and open to all ages.
Spring Art Breaks supported by

Studio Thinking Workshops

Age: K-12th
Length: 50 min.
Cost per student: $6

Studio Thinking Workshops develop innovative problem-solving skills. Learning department staff prompt students with surprising creativity challenges, using unexpected materials and techniques. Each 50-minute workshop can be tailored to specific themes. Pair a Studio Thinking Workshop with any of our 50-minute tours for an additional $6 per student.

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Studio at Home Web Series

Discover fun and engaging art-making activities for all ages to enjoy without leaving home.

This 3-part Studio at Home Web Series was created in collaboration with artists Richard “Duarte” Brown and recorded by Donte Woods-Spikes. We hope you have a great time learning, watching, and making art with your family alongside Duarte!

Each episode comes with a full set of written instructions and suggested supplies. Activities include creating Button People, Mixed Media Clay Figures, and a Paper Bag Journal.

Watch Episodes Here


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