We are committed to providing dynamic, unique and engaging experiences to our visitors. As part of this, we bring in teaching artists throughout the year that work across many mediums and art forms. Art nurtures creativity, communication, confidence and so much more.

The teaching artist series is supported by the Hearst Foundation and Minnesota State Arts Board.*

Upcoming Artists

Gita Ghei

May 23-28 and June 4-9


Gita is a visual artist and educator whose mission is to create public art that celebrates diversity and the essential forces of nature.

Gita will work with kids to create a Rainbow Spinner, a solar-powered sculpture that celebrates light and the formation of rainbows and colors. Using aluminum and copper foil, each visitor will create a distinct piece of art that represents their own unique super power. This artwork will be added to the spinner, which will be installed in the museum’s Tip Top Terrace in summer or fall. The spinner will rotate on sunny days through solar energy. On cloudy days, visitors can pedal a stationary bike to power the sculpture.

  • Wednesday, May 23, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 24, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Friday, May 25, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 26, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 27, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Monday, May 28, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Monday, June 4, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 5, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 6, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 7, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 9, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 10, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Past Artists

John Akre

April 20, 21, 24, 28, 29


John has more than 20 years of experience teaching animation and video classes to youth and adults.

John will create a gigantic animation stand and will collaborate with visitors to create fun and engaging stop-motion films. Kids will lie on the floor and make movements, which John will capture frame by frame. They can also use paper props to animate and engage with in the video. To capture audio, John will ask kids questions, capture sound effects and encourage singing. Participants will immediately be able see the animation they are creating on a monitor. A final video will be created and shared on MCM.org and on our social media channels.

  • Friday, April 20, 1 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 21, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 24, 9 a.m. to 4. p.m.
  • Saturday, April 28, 2 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 29, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Aimee Bryant

April 3-7, 10 and 14

Aimee is a professional actor, singer, songwriter, poet, dancer and choreographer. She most recently played the role of Addaperle in “The Wiz” at Children’s Theatre Company.

Visitors will collaborate with each other and with Aimee to embody characters from various fairy tales. Participants will learn and put into practice acting and storytelling techniques, and play out storylines using costumes and props. 

Benjamin is a performing artist who teaches and performs all over the world, but always comes back to Minnesota. He started his career performing at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival and shortly after, served as lead juggling coach for Circus Juventas. He is one of the co-founders of the experimental theatre group Curiousita and has studied acting, dance, music and corporeal mime. Benjamin engaged with visitors of all ages during his time at Minnesota Children’s Museum to share various techniques of juggling. Visitors juggled scarves, balanced peacock feathers on their palms and explored the art form of juggling, which encourages gross and fine motor skills, balance, rhythm and persistence.

Dana Sikkila is a local visual artist with experience leading youth arts workshops and creating intriguing multimedia art installation pieces. Dana guided visitors through The Art of Nature, a series of workshops to introduce visitors to a wide variety of materials from nature, including sticks, clay, fibers and beeswax.  Each workshop produced a colorful, sensory, nature-inspired panel that will make up the main components of Dana’s mixed media installation in our Sprouts gallery for our youngest learners.

Lisa Arnold is a Minnesota artist with exceptional experience in creating delightful and surprising mosaics and conducting workshops for arts learners of every age. Her series was set up in three stages, design, create and construct.
The Design phase informed the overarching design for a community mosaic tile mural. Lisa conducted working sessions comprised of 1st and 5th grade children. Utilizing the concept of Creative Sparks, students explored their own personal creativity.
For the Create phase, Lisa conducted more workshops using the images and ideas generated from the Design phase.
In the Construct phase, she spent her time curating and finishing individual pieces created from the workshops. The finished mural was installed in our Studio gallery.

*This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Boards, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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