Afternoons with Art (AwA)

Afternoons with Art (AwA) is a series of art workshops held on MPS NO SCHOOL DAYS from 1–5 pm for students 6-12 years old. AwA classes are fun and give students an extensive session on art and expression.

AwA classes are fun and give students an extensive session on art and expression, guided by a structured curriculum and experienced arts educators. All art supplies are included. Please bring a snack!

Class size is limited. Registration is highly recommended. Listings and descriptions can be found on our website calendar including registration form and payment information.

Listing of 2017 Workshops

Memorial Project

For this last AwA workshop, students create artworks of people they want to honor for Memorial Day with mixed mediums. Students collaborate with their peers to contribute to a ‘memorial’ installation from their individual piece, to be on display at the WPCA.

$5 for 53204 residents or WPCA Family level members
$10 for non 53204 residents

Weaving, braiding, knotting, and MORE!

Students learn EASY weaving, braiding, and knotting techniques  with colorful yarn and beads, to create a variety of Friendship Bracelets to be given as gifts or traded.

Cost: FREE

Polish Paper Craft with Kasia Drake-Hames

Join local artist Kasia Drake-Hames in this exciting workshop about traditional Polish Paper Craft (Wycinanki). We will learn the tradition and create our own Wycinanki!

For ages 6–12.

Kasia Drake-Hames has been teaching art classes to adults and youth in a variety of community-based settings for over 10 years.  Kasia specializes in teaching fiber art techniques and paper crafts, particularly traditional Polish paper crafts, which she learned early in life from her grandmother, folk artist Ryszarda Klim.  She holds a BFA degree in Fiber and a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from UW-Milwaukee, and recently studied at Penland School of Crafts in Penland, NC.  Kasia exhibits her work regionally and has created two commissioned temporary public art installations for IN:SITE Milwaukee.  She creates original hand-painted silk scarves and Polish paper crafts with a contemporary twist. To learn more about Kasia’s work and teaching practice, please visit

$5 for 53204 residents or WPCA Family level members
$10 for non 53204 residents/WPCA Family level members

10264820_10152997914250605_5969194167292032056_nHip-Hop Dance Workshop with Kho Lor

Join us and educator, dancer and choreographer Kho Lor for a vibrant and fun-filled hip-hop dance workshop. Students will learn easy routines and movements, and create their own signature moves! This workshop is intro-level and appropriate for beginners to intermediate dancers. Absolutely no dance or hip-hop experience necessary! The urge to bust-a-move is a PLUS.

About Kho Lor
Born in Wausau, WI, Kho Lor found her passion for hip-hop in a dance class at UWM, while pursuing a degree in art education. She continued studying dance through the organization Sole Matter, under co-founder Cedric Gardner, who was a So You Think You Can Dance season three finalist and works currently on the TV show “Empire” as a choreographer. Kho is seasoned in performing, with frequent features in local and national showcases, including Danceworks’s annual Ignite: A Hip Hop Dance Experience. Her creative movement workshops combines her passion for dance and community, with a goal to encourage anyone to find their own creative and unique ways in movement.

Art in Poetry: Celebrating and Using Our Voices

We celebrate Black History Month in this AwA workshop led by spoken word poet, Mikey Cody. Students learn about social justice issues in the Black community and use their voices to bring awareness to the issues through their perspective and personal stories.

$5 for 53204 residents or WPCA Family level members
$10 for non 53204 residents

Stop Motion Animation

Due to the popularity of our Stop Motion Animation workshop last year, we are bringing it back this year! Students can create their own animated clip using basic DSLR cameras and techniques.

$5 for 53204 residents or WPCA Family level members
$10 for non 53204 residents

Korean Drumming

Join us for Korean Drumming with Saehee Chang! Children will get hands on with learning basic drumming rhythms and make drums inspired by the Jang-Gu, an hourglass shaped, wooden drum. In this workshop, the children will experience learning about the Korean culture and history through the arts!

To learn more about Saehee Chang and her workshops please visit

$5 for 53204 residents or WPCA Family level members
$10 for non 53204 residents

Empowering Youth Week

April 10–17, 2017 (MPS Spring Break)


Join us for a weeklong empowerment workshop, celebrating community, freedom and strength within each of us! Drawing inspiration from the celebrated historic fiction In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez, this workshop incorporates multi-disciplines in visual, performance and literary art, to teach students teamwork, self-expression and other empowering skills. We will make felt badges, write and perform poetry, and work on a collaborative mural, led by artist Diego Heredia.

NEABigRead-Color-LockupMPL.300dpiEmpowering Youth Week is a partnership with Milwaukee Public Library’s 2017 MKE Big Read, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership and Arts Midwest.

Click here to download printable poster.

$25/week OR $5/day – 53204 residents/WPCA Family level member
$50/week OR $10/day – Non-53204 residentsWPCA Family level member


Questions about WPCA’s arts education programming?


Basha Harris
Arts Education Coordinator

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