The Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture believes that creative self-expression enhances the lives of individuals and their communities. Our classes and workshops are taught by practicing artists, including some who exhibit or have a studio in the Emerson. Incorporating themes, materials, and content from current exhibits, our interdisciplinary courses consist of painting, drawing, life drawing, sculpture, mixed media, printmaking, ceramics, and jewelry making.

Classes at the Emerson are offered in four sessions: Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer. General 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 us for more information about schedules and curriculums.

General Class Schedule:

  • Winter Session - Mid-January to Mid-March
  • Spring Session - Early April to May
  • Summer Session - Mid-June to Early/Mid-August
  • Fall Sessions - September/November

Adult Classes

Youth Classes

Registration & Cancellation Policy

  • Please enroll one week before the start date of class. Classes fill up fast! Enroll early to secure your spot.
  • Cancellation notices must be received at least one week before the first day of class to receive a 50% refund.
  • The Emerson reserves the right to withhold tuition fees for students who do not attend.
  • Drop-ins are not allowed.
  • The Emerson does not prorate tuition or give credit for absences or withdrawals once a class has started.
  • Emerson staff reserves the right to dismiss disruptive individuals or students with behavioral difficulties without a refund.
  • All classes are subject to cancellation and changes. Check our website for updates.

For additional information, please email the Education Curator, or call (406) 587-9797, ext. 111.


The Emerson has three classroom spaces. Currently, the Art Education classroom and the Frances Senska Pottery Studio are located on the west side of the building (closest to the Emerson Lawn), at the end of the hallway. The last door on the left is Art Education; the last door on the right is the Frances Senska Pottery Studio. Harmony Hall is located on the second floor of the original building, on the north side adjacent to the West Wing.

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COVID-19 Safety:

The Emerson has been working closely with the Gallatin County Community Health Department to establish a safe learning environment during Covid-19. Please note the required safety protocols for all in-class participants:

  • Students and staff will complete a health assessment at the start of each class.
  • Students and staff will wash hands before entering classrooms.
  • Masks may be required in our classrooms if projects don’t allow for physical distancing and/or if there is a spike in local cases. This decision will be made by the Emerson. Students/parents will be notified by signage posted on our classroom doors. Disposable masks will be provided as needed.
  • Only enrolled students are allowed in Emerson classrooms.
  • Physical distancing is encouraged.
  • Hard surfaces are sanitized before and after class.
  • If you or someone in your home is sick, tested positive, or is 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 attending a class at the Emerson, please consider enrolling at a later date.
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