Education

The Education Department builds community and individual agency through creative exploration.

The education and outreach department at the South Bend Museum of Art strives to create and maintain an accessible and welcoming space for all. We offer guided tours, school programming, special youth and community centered exhibition opportunities, outreach programming, an annual student-faculty exhibition, and classes in our materials-based studios throughout the entire year.

woman painting still life

The Education Department builds community and individual agency through creative exploration.

The education and outreach department at the South Bend Museum of Art strives to create and maintain an accessible and welcoming space for all. We offer guided tours, school programming, special youth and community centered exhibition opportunities, outreach programming, an annual student-faculty exhibition, and classes in our materials-based studios throughout the entire year.

woman painting still life circle

Registration is Open for Summer Classes and Workshops!

Members Get 20% Off All Classes: Registration Begins May 1, 2024
Summer Session Begins June 9 - August 3, 2024

Sbma
education initiative

Our education programs range from tuition-based studios classes, artist workshops, scholarship-based workshops for partner organizations in the community, continuing studies for our docents, school tours and activities for students in the South Bend Community School Corporation, and Penn Harris Madison School districts, in collaboration with the Raclin Murphy Museum of Art.

Studio spaces

Two of SBMA’s three floors hold nine materials-focused studios in weaving, ceramics, metalsmithing, darkroom photography, 2-D and 3D practices.

 

INCLUSIVE AND MEANINGFUL LEARNING

Our education programs range from tuition-based studios classes, artist workshops, scholarship-based workshops for partner organizations in the community, continuing studies for our docents, school tours and activities for students in the South Bend Community School Corporation, and Penn Harris Madison School districts, in collaboration with the Raclin Murphy Museum of Art.

Sbma
education initiative

Our education programs range from tuition-based studios classes, artist workshops, scholarship-based workshops for partner organizations in the community, continuing studies for our docents, school tours and activities for students in the South Bend Community School Corporation, and Penn Harris Madison School districts, in collaboration with the Raclin Murphy Museum of Art.

Studio spaces

Two of SBMA’s three floors hold nine materials-focused studios in weaving, ceramics, metalsmithing, darkroom photography, 2-D and 3D practices.

 

INCLUSIVE AND MEANINGFUL LEARNING

Our education programs range from tuition-based studios classes, artist workshops, scholarship-based workshops for partner organizations in the community, continuing studies for our docents, school tours and activities for students in the South Bend Community School Corporation, and Penn Harris Madison School districts, in collaboration with the Raclin Murphy Museum of Art.

Studio FAQs

The main entrance to the SBMA is in the circle drive on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Enter the doors directly under the green art dot on the building.

SBMA’s address is 120 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., South Bend, IN. 46601

Century Center parking passes are available for students and faculty to use during classes and open studio. Pick up a parking pass at the rotunda entrance at the beginning of each session. In the event that the Century Center lot is full, on-street parking is available throughout the downtown area and additional parking is available in garages across the street from Century Center.

The South Bend Museum of Art makes every effort to hold each class offered. A class must be canceled when its minimum student enrollment is not reached.
Cancellations are determined no less than 3 business days before the class starts.
Summer Camp and Workshop cancellations will be determined no less than 5 business days before the start of the camp.
If a class is canceled, you will be notified and we will try to find another class that will work with your schedule.

Students may transfer to a different class prior to the first week of class without instructor approval. The student will be refunded or charged for any difference in price between the two classes, if there is a difference. Any transfers after the start of the class must have written instructor approval sent to the Curator of Education and Studio Programming via email. There are no additional fees for transferring. Students should reach out to the SBMA office at 574-235-7516 or email the Curator of Education and Studio Programming Katie Neece at neecek@southbendart.org to begin a transfer process.

The SBMA does not prorate classes or Open Studio Passes for any reason.

Open Studios are scheduled for times when there are no classes or events scheduled for a particular Studio. Adults registered for classes or an Open Studio Pass may use Open Studio hours at no extra cost. Classes always take first priority in studios and Open Studio hours may be adjusted due to special circumstances.

No outside visitors should sit in on a class or Open Studio time without prior approval from the Studio Programs Manager and the instructor for the class, if applicable. The exception is if you are visiting to retrieve finished projects or supplies and need assistance.

Open Studio Schedule

Open Studio passes are available for returning students who prefer independent work time instead of a scheduled class. Open Studio hours are determined each session. Classes take priority and Open Studio hours are not guaranteed.

Students are not permitted to use Open Studio hours during a scheduled class time.

It is up to the discretion of SBMA to cancel Open Studios if necessary. Students will be notified if hours vary during holidays, inclement weather, emergencies, or intersession via email. Studio and class closures due to inclement weather at SBMA will follow area school district closures. 

Not all students are eligible for Open Studios, please consult the Education Department: education@southbendart.org with any questions or concerns.

Students will be sent an email notification if Open Studio hours or classes are canceled. 

Summer Session: June 9, 2024 – August 3, 2024 – Listed Below and at the Front Desk

Sunday  NO OPEN STUDIOS

Monday 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Tuesday 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM 

Wednesday 9:30 AM – 9:30 PM 

Thursday 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Friday 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM 

Saturday 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Sunday 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM 

Monday 9:30 AM – 8:30 PM 

Tuesday 9:30 AM – 9:00 PM 

Wednesday 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM 

Thursday 9:30 AM – 9:30 PM 

Friday 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM 

Saturday 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Sunday 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM 

Monday 1:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Tuesday 12:00 – 5:00 PM

Wednesday 5:00 PM – 9:30 PM 

Thursday 12:00 PM – 9:30 PM 

Friday NO OPEN STUDIOS

Saturday 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Sunday 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM 

Monday 1:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Tuesday 12:00 – 5:00 PM

Wednesday 5:00 PM – 9:30 PM 

Thursday 12:00 PM – 9:30 PM 

Friday NO OPEN STUDIOS

Saturday 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Sunday 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM 

Monday 4:00 PM – 8:30 PM 

Tuesday 9:30 PM – 8:30 PM 

Wednesday 9:30 PM  – 8:30 PM 

Thursday 4:00 PM – 8:30 PM 

Friday 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Saturday 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

 

Sunday 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Monday 9:30 AM – 8:30 PM

Tuesday 9:30 PM – 8:30 PM 

Wednesday 9:30 AM – 8:30 PM 

Thursday 9:30 AM – 9:30 PM 

Friday 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Saturday 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Outreach

Engaging Minds, Nurturing Growth

The South Bend Museum of Art offers various interactive programs and exhibitions that engage minds of all ages in creative exploration. Through these experiences, both children and adults can learn new skills, express themselves, and develop a lifelong appreciation for art.

man teaching students