Programs for Schools


Programs for Schools

Cranbrook Art Museum would like to welcome your class to the Cranbrook campus! From its outset, the Cranbrook Educational Community has fostered a spirit of innovation and creativity in the fields of art, architecture, and design. It is from this legacy of ingenuity that Cranbrook Art Museum has developed a multifaceted range of educational programming that caters to learners of all ages and abilities, from kindergarten through collegiate. Through object-based inquiry, students will engage with a selection of works drawn from current exhibitions, the Art Museum collection, and the Cranbrook campus. In the programs listed below, museum educators will lead students in compelling discussions that provoke critical thinking and facilitate enriched learning experiences.

ART-FOR-ALL Workshops

The Cranbrook Art Museum offers ART FOR ALL: Art-Making Workshops for all ages! These workshops offer hands-on art-making experiences for visitors of all ages (students and adults!). Each workshop provides an engaging experience with the great exhibitions and collections in the museum plus opportunities to create original works of art. Two-hour workshop: $15/student, 15-25 students per group recommended; maximum 50 students. Chaperones required for student groups.

CaveExhibition-sm FEATURED WORKSHOP: The Costume Cave
includes guided experience through Nick Cave: Here Hear  (June 20 – October 11, 2015)
From humble beginnings to high art, the work of Nick Cave explores identity – of place and person. Students will draw upon their own experiences to inform their costume creations. Nick Cave’s Soundsuits are embellished costumes – elaborate artworks created from sticks, buttons, bottle caps, and reclaimed items. Using humble materials, students will create their own costume components – masks, headdresses, arm coverings – to explore identity.
School-programs-POP POP! Silk Screening
POP! begins with a guided behind-the-scenes experience in our vault to view selections from our Pop Art collection – including Warhol and Lichtenstein. Students will learn about the Pop Art movement, sketch inside the vault space, discuss Warhol’s use of the medium, explore the silk screening process, and create multiple silk screen prints!
School-programs-SIT SIT! Chair Design
SIT! begins with a guided behind-the-scenes experience in our vault to view our chair collection – including Eames, Mies, Rapson, and Saarinen. Students will learn about Modern Design, sketch inside the vault space, discuss innovation of materials, explore model making techniques, and create their own chair prototype!


Visit the Cranbrook Art Museum and tour our vaults! There is a $6 charge per student, and one free chaperone is required for every ten students. Scheduling is based on program availability and number of students.

School-programs-vault Collections Vault Tour:
Students will be given access to the Cranbrook Art Museum vaults to see where art is stored when it is not on display. Educators will introduce the idea of collecting, and engage discussions about various objects from behind the scenes at the museum. This program allows students to take a closer look at ceramics, painting, furniture, and textiles. 30-60 minutes
SaarinenHouse Saarinen House Tour
Explore historic Saarinen House, the home of Finnish-American architect Eliel Saarinen, located in the heart of Cranbrook Academy of Art. Designed in the late 1920s, Saarinen House served as the home and studio of the Saarinen family—Eliel, Loja, Pipsan, and Eero, and today is considered an art deco design masterwork. 60 minutes, available May-October

Contact Us

To schedule your school visit, contact Kelly Lyons at 248-645-3314,