All ages. Total inspiration.
ICA San Diego offers many programs that make contemporary art and art education more accessible and personally meaningful for kids and adults all throughout San Diego County.
Classes and Workshops
From age 5 to 17 years old
Discover a variety of classes taught by accomplished local artists who are excited to share their expertise with young people. Classes usually meet for six consecutive weeks and class themes and techniques vary widely, from painting to ceramics.View Classes
Fall, Spring, and Summer!
Our popular Art Camp develops young artists, grades K-11, as they explore, make, and exhibit art in a museum setting. Each unique week of project-based camp gives young people the chance to “meet” contemporary artists in order to develop their own visual style.Register
Absolute beginners and seasoned artists welcome!
Whether you are picking up a paintbrush for the first time, or refining techniques you have practiced for years, you will find a supportive, fun and enriching atmosphere at ICA San Diego. Check See you in the studio!View Classes
For all ages and abilities
Practice the skills you have learned in class and explore new possibilities with Ceramics Lab monthly fee options . Available for wheel throwers and hand builders. No instruction is provided during open lab hours. The lab technician will be present to answer questions, manage safety, and provide support.Become a Member
The Valise Project
Bring an interactive art experience into your classroom!
The Valise Program is inspired by renowned 20th century French artist, Marcel Duchamp, who designed miniatures of his works and carried them in suitcases to share with others. Each valise provides students a complete experience: from seeing, discussing, and touching the art to creating works of their own. With curricular connections to math, language arts, social studies and science, the Valise Project offers a powerful interdisciplinary learning opportunity. Our teaching artist will bring a valise to your classroom (virtually or in-person) and lead a project focused on the valise in an interactive 2-hour session. The Valise Project is graciously supported by Nordson Corporation Foundation, California Arts Council’s Arts in Schools Program, and the City of Carlsbad’s Community Art Program.Register
Click below to discover available Valises!Available Valises
Explore + Make (K-12)
Interactive tour that includes a 90-minute teaching artists-led exploration of the artist studio for Kindergarden through High School.
Bring your class to ICA San Diego! Your field trip may include a tour of ICA San Diego led by a teaching artist. Students will have the opportunity to look closely, question, and share perspectives about contemporary art. We will work closely with your group’s specific needs including a hands-on art project inspired by the current exhibition. When: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9:00 am to 2 pm by appointment In accordance with the county of San Diego we kindly remind you to wear a mask following the CDC guidelines. Where: ICA San Diego North and ICA San Diego Central.Register
Free events for the whole family!
Family Days are FREE events that allow families the opportunity to experience contemporary art together through hands-on activities inspired by ICA San Diego’s exhibitions. Join us for a shared art experience!See Dates
What the Heck is Contemporary Art?
Enjoy a drink with other art enthusiasts and discuss about our current exhibitions.
In small groups you will dive deep into one work of art, examine, question, reflect and share your experiences alongside other local art lovers. Facilitated by an ICA Engagement Guide, we explore together through looking in depth, sharing thoughts, and engaging in discussions that reveal new meanings and interpretations. Admission is free.Register
Tour with ICA's Education Staff
Explore art through an open dialogue with trained ICA Education Staff
ICA welcome groups by appointment. We offer a range of tour experiences to serve the public: pre-K through 8th grade school groups, high school and college student groups, and adult community groups. We kindly ask that you book at least one week. In accordance with the county of San Diego we kindly remind you to wear a mask following the CDC guidelines.Register
For more information on our education programing or to schedule a tour, contact: