Studio Programs


Registration for classes must be done in person at the Museum of Nature & Science, 411 N. Main St. Tuesday – Saturday, 10am-4pm. For more information call 575.528.3330 or email [email protected].  (Classes are subject to cancellation if they do not meet minimum enrollment.)

**Please note that programs listed may be updated, rescheduled, cancelled, or altered in observance of public health orders. All changes will be announced on or social media. 

Scholarships are available through the generosity of the Foundation for Las Cruces Museums’ William Wachtel Memorial Scholarship Fund. To apply visit

Studio Programs offer access to creative learning opportunities for children, teens, and adults in the Las Cruces community. Classes are for people of all skill levels, and students have the chance to learn a new skill or enhance existing knowledge while guided by local, experienced, and qualified professional artists.

Friday Night Painting Parties (18+) for 2022

An evening of painting, socializing, and FUN!  No art skills needed. All supplies will be provided. $20 per person.  Each will be held from 6-8pm with snacks and drinks.  Sign up now as classes are filling up FAST!!

                          December 2          January 13          February 3

Winter I Classes 2023

January 17 - February 25, 2023 (registration begins November 29, 2022)


Adult Ceramics I – 10a-1230p - $120

Adult Mixed Media – 230-430p - $80

Adult Acrylic Painting – 530-730p - $80

Adult Bookmaking – 530-730p - $80

Teen Ceramics – 530-730p - $60



Adult Drawing Fundamentals – 230-430p - $80

Adult Intro to Drawing & Painting – 230-430p - $80

Adult Watercolors – 530-730p - $80

Adult Advance Wheel Throwing – 530-730p - $120

Teen Painting – 530-730p - $60



Drawing & Painting (ages 6-10) – 10a-12p - $50

Mixed Media (ages 6-10) – 10a-12p - $50

Clay (ages 10-13) – 10a-12p - $50

Drawing & Painting (ages 10-13) – 130-330p - $50

Adult Ceramics I – 1-330p - $120

Please see our Calendar of Events for a full listing of events being offered October through December.

Adult Classes

  1. Ceramics Classes
  2. Mixed Media
  3. Painting & Drawing

Ceramics I

This class is designed for beginner students to learn and practice basic techniques for building functional ceramic forms. Begin by exploring hand-building techniques such as coil and slab building, then move on to creating forms such as bowls, cups, and mugs on the potter’s wheel. Learn about glazing techniques and bring home functional pottery.

Ceramics II

Further your ceramics skills by continuing to practice basic techniques to build functional and decorative ceramic forms. This class will help you hone your skills in hand-building and wheel throwing. Prerequisite: Ceramics I or approval from the Studio Programs Coordinator.

Advanced Sculpting

This class is designed for students who are ready to build upon their basic ceramic skills and ideas by using hand-building techniques to sculpt. Starting with a quick overview of the materials and techniques from beginner ceramics, the class then moves on to more advanced instructor-led projects intended to help students expand their skills.  
Prerequisite: Ceramics I or approval from the Studio Programs Coordinator  

Kids / Teens Classes

  1. Ceramics
  2. Drawing & Painting
  3. Mixed Media

Kids Clay (ages 6-10 and 10-13)

Students will get to have fun and get messy with clay in between their fingers. Students will learn about clay and ceramics while being led by the instructor to create ceramic artworks such as ice cream bowls, bird houses, animal faces and more. Each student gets to paint their work at the end and go home with multiple works of art.

Teen Ceramics (ages 13-17)

Students in this class will learn some basics of ceramics and then move on to learn the ancient art of wheel- throwing pottery under the direction of one of our art instructors. In this class, teens are introduced to the potter’s wheel to learn the tricky yet extremely fun and tactile skill of wheel throwing. Students will learn how to create bowls, plates, mugs and more, which will then be glazed and taken home at the end of class.