Teen Programs

Look. Relate. Create. From tours and workshops to volunteering opportunities, there's a place for teens at the Dallas Museum of Art. DMA Teen Programs are opportunities for teens (ages 13-19) to make connections with global cultures, meet and collaborate with new friends, and find inspiration in new places. We currently offer the following opportunities for teens:

Teen Workshops: Monthly weekend classes led by educators and working artists. Ideal for teens looking to expand their creative horizons, workshops give teens an individualized and closer look at artwork in the gallery and opportunities to learn new techniques and skills.

Teen Homeschool Workshops: Monthly weekday classes for homeschooled teens to get a closer look at the DMA's collection and exhibitions through discussion, collaboration, and art making.

Teen Tours: Free bimonthly tours for teens who are looking for a basic introduction to global art history. Ideal for students taking AP Art History, Teen Tours give students a closer look at the art that made its mark on culture then and now.

Volunteering Opportunities

Teen Ambassador Program
Formerly the DMA Teen Docent program, the Teen Ambassador program provides opportunities for high school students to initiate and deepen their relationship with the DMA. Teen Ambassadors lead summer family programs and gallery activities for young visitors (ages 5–12). Family programs range from drop-in art-making activities in the Center for Creative Connections to Family Storytime in the galleries. Please check our Volunteer page for more information.

DMA Teen Advisory Council
The Teen Advisory Council, or TAC for short, is a group of highly motivated high school students who help shape the direction of how the Museum engages with youth audiences. Members of the council develop innovative interdisciplinary programming for Museum visitors of all ages, and serve as ambassadors for the Museum to the community. Being a TAC member is an opportunity to develop leadership, project management, and hands-on facilitation skills, as well as work directly with museum professionals. Please check our Volunteer page for more information.

For questions or more information about DMA Teen Programs, e-mail teens@DMA.org or call 214-922-1822. 

Upcoming Teen Workshops

Format: 12/6/16

Teen Tour: Medieval Europe

Thursday, December 15, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Explore the history of art on a tour just for teens! Join us as we uncover the story of the DMA's collection through discussion in the galleries and art making in the Tech Lab. No prior art history knowledge required—we'll get you up to speed!

Image: Scene of chivalry from the Seigniorial Life tapestry cycle (detail), southern Netherlands, c. 1500-20, wool and silk, Musée de Cluny, musée national du Moyen Âge, Paris,  Cl. 2179, © RMN-Grand Palais / Art Resource, NY, Photo: Franck Raux

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Teen Homeschool Workshop: Culture Clash

Friday, December 16, 11:00-12:30 p.m.

Lucie Stahl uses a flatbed scanner and familiar brands to create portraits of modern culture. Be inspired by her process and create a portrait using remnants and artifacts from your everyday life. Ages 13-19. All materials provided; no prior experience necessary.

Image: Lucie Stahl, Identity, 2015, inkjet print, aluminum, and epoxy resin, Courtesy the artist and dépendance, Brussels, © Lucie Stahl, Photo: Sven Laurent

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Teen Workshop: Calligraphy

Saturday, December 17, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Medieval scribes were masters of book illumination and calligraphy, turning ordinary words and symbols into illustrated feasts for the eyes. Explore medieval manuscripts in Art and Nature in the Middle Ages and learn how to add extra flair to your own handwriting. Ages 13-19. No experience is necessary, and all materials are provided.

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Teen Homeschool Workshop: Collect and Conserve

Friday, January 27, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Ever wondered what it takes to prepare a work of art to hang in a museum? Explore our Conservation Gallery to learn more about the unique problem solving and investigative skills conservationists use to protect art for future generations. Ages 13-19; all materials provided, and no prior experience necessary.

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Teen Workshop: Culture Clash

Saturday, January 28, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Lucie Stahl uses a flatbed scanner and familiar brands to create portraits of modern culture. Be inspired by her process and create a portrait using remnants and artifacts from your everyday life. Ages 13-19; all materials provided, and no prior experience necessary.
 
Image: Lucie Stahl, Identity, 2015, inkjet print, aluminum, and epoxy resin, Courtesy the artist and dépendance, Brussels, © Lucie Stahl, Photo: Sven Laurent
 
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Teen Homeschool Workshop: Stained Glass

Friday, February 24, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

The most beautiful stained glass windows find their home in medieval cathedrals, transporting everyone who saw them to another world. In the exhibition Art and Nature in the Middle Ages, learn more about the technique and symbolism behind stained glass, and make a window of your own in the Tech Lab. Ages 13-19; no prior experience necessary, and all materials provided.

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Teen Workshop: Larger Than Life

Saturday, February 25, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Swiss artist Nicolas Party has transformed the DMA’s Concourse with a bright and surreal mural. In this workshop, learn about artists who create larger than life artwork, and then make a large-scale drawing of your own. Ages 13–19; all materials provided, and no prior experience necessary.

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Teen Homeschool Workshop: Dec Arts Design Challenge

Friday, March 24, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Designers throughout history occupied two worlds: the visual world of the artist, and the mechanical world of an engineer. Explore our decorative arts collection and the design process behind works of art we live with and use every day. Then join forces with your fellow students for a design challenge inspired by works in the galleries. Ages 13-19; all materials provided, and no prior experience necessary.

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