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.

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Classes and Workshops

Youth Classes

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.

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Art Camp

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.


Adult Classes

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!

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Ceramics Lab

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.


Outreach Programs

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.


Public Programs

Family Days

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!

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Art Explorations

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.


Explore + Make (K-12)

Interactive tour that includes a 90-minute teaching artists-led exploration of the artist studio for high school and college groups.

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 Where: ICA San Diego North and ICA San Diego Central.


Tours and Engagement Guides

Explore art through an open dialogue with trained ICA San Diego Engagement Guide

Engagement Guide are on hand to the general public during open hours, or available for reserved guided tours. 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. Groups are welcome during open gallery hours (Thursday–Sunday from 12:00PM–5:00PM). We kindly ask that you book at least one week in advance.


For more information on our education programing or to schedule a tour, contact:

Education Department