The Emerson believes that creative self-expression enriches people’s lives and our community. Working artists-teachers, including those who exhibit work in the Emerson’s contemporary art galleries, teach our classes and workshops. These are exhibit-inspired, community-based interdisciplinary explorations of painting, drawing, sculpture, mixed media, printmaking, ceramics, and new genre.

Emerson’s education classes are offered in four sessions, Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer. Average session dates and enrollment periods are listed below. If you are checking this page in between these time frames class listings may not be available. Please contact the Education Curator for more information about year round offerings.


Thank you for checking back on our class schedule.  At this time, due to a resurgence of high COVID19 transmission, we are again pausing our classes until February, 2022.

Fall: Classes run Early/Mid-September – Early/Mid-November
Winter: Classes run Mid-January – Mid-March
Spring: Classes run Early April – End of May
Summer: Classes run Mid-June – Early/Mid-August

Registration and Cancellation Policy
  • Please enroll 1 week prior to start date of class. Classes fill up fast! Enroll early to ensure your space!
  • Refunds of 50% are given with cancellation notice of at least one week prior to start date. The Emerson reserves the right to withhold tuition fees for students who do not attend. No drop-ins allowed. No pro-rating.
    • If a student participant must cancel after registering for any Emerson class/ program, the student must provide notification of the cancellation to theEmerson Staff one week prior to the class start date in order to receive a 50% tuition refund. The Emerson will not pro-rate tuition or give credit due toabsences or withdrawal once a class has started.

Emerson staff reserves the right to dismiss disruptive individuals or students with behavioral difficulties without refund.

All classes are subject to cancellation and changes. Check our website for updates.

For additional information:
Office number 406.587.9797, ext. 105

COVID 19 Safety

The Emerson has been working closely with the Gallatin County Community Health Department to prepare us to safely offer art education classes during Covid-19. Please note the required safety protocols for all in-class participants:

  • Masks required for everyone age 5+ while in the building
  • Students and staff will complete a health assessment at the start of each class
  • Students and staff wash hands before entering classrooms or public spaces
  • Only enrolled students allowed in Emerson classrooms
  • Supplies and tools are kept separate and personal throughout the session
  • Physical distancing encouraged
  • Hard surfaces sanitized before and after class
  • If you or someone in your home is sick, tested positive, or awaiting test results for Covid-19 please contact us and stay at home

If you feel you are unable to follow any of these protocols while in attending an Emerson art education class, please consider not enrolling at this time.

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How to Find our Classrooms

Emerson’s Art Education classroom and the Frances Senska Pottery studio are located on the west side of the building closest to the Emerson Lawn. Both class- rooms are at the end of the hallway. The last door on your left is Art Education; last door on your right is Frances Senska Pottery.

Many Emerson tenants also teach out of their studios.

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Our exhibit-related educational programing offers opportunities for all ages. The Schools in the Gallery Program is a FREE education outreach program available to school-aged children. We provide docent-led tours of current exhibits followed by an optional hands-on art activity that uses techniques and media similar to those employed by the artist.

Tours are available to university, homeschool, public and private groups of all ages.

The Emerson also offers classes, workshops and lectures for all ages relating to current exhibits. Please check our exhibit and education schedules for more information.

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