The Art of Mindfulness: Summer @ the Factory – Ages 13-14

Kids & Teens: Get Creative During Summer @ the Factory

If you have a child between the ages of 7-14 who is looking to get creative this summer, registration is still open for Summer @ the Factory! The Mattress Factory is hosting ten themed virtual classes starting on Monday, July 12 and continuing through August. These classes are designed to be hands-on experiences that allow young artists to explore new materials and art making processes inspired by the amazing work in the Mattress Factory galleries!

During each class, students will spend a week learning with the Museum’s educators and practicing artists as they explore techniques to express themselves and create art at home.

To learn more about Summer @ the Factory, check out the complete list of themed classes for each age group. The Mattress Factory offers discounts for Northside Residents, MF Members, and SNAP Participants. For more information, email

Scheduled Virtual Classes for Ages 7-9:

  • Futuristic Voyagers – July 12-16 from 9:00 to 11:30 am
    This class takes place in a time and space far, far away! Start your summer by inventing futuristic technology, exploring alien lands, and discovering mysterious inhabitants of newly found planets. 
  • FUN Zone – July 19-23 from 1:00 to 3:30 pm
    Avoid long car rides and even longer lines. In this class, students will create their own attractions, games, and costumes inspired by playgrounds, amusement parks, arcades, and the circus!  
  • It’s All About YOU – August 2-6 from 9:00 to 11:30 am
    Art allows us to express ourselves in new and exciting ways. This class will encourage kids to use painting techniques, collage, and sculpture to share their ideas, dreams, and identities. What makes you, YOU? 
  • Into the Hero-verse – August 9-13 from 1:00 to 3:30 pm
    Enjoy the final weeks of summer by creating a world of all things extraordinary!  Students will use storytelling, craft building, and the design process to create spectacular spaces that reflect their unique creativity and imagination. Who is the hero of your universe? 

Scheduled Virtual Classes for Ages 10-12:

  • I Am…  – July 12-16 from 1:00 to 3:30 pm
    We’re not talking about your grandad’s self-portrait, here! Students will discover and experiment with new materials and art practices to explore all the different ways to express yourself through art. 
  • The Plot Thickens… – July 26-30 from 9:00 to 11:30 am
    Consider how characters, materials, and imagination come together to tell epic and mysterious tales. Students will find their own voice in telling a story, whether it’s through visual art, performance, or even creating their own comic book! 
  • Time Travelers – August 2-6 from 1:00 to 3:30 pm
    Some of the oldest known art includes cave paintings created with pigments found in the earth, but what will art look like in 100 years? Travel in our time machine to collect inspiration from different time periods and imagine what art might be like in the future! 

Scheduled Virtual Classes for Ages 13-14:

  • Land Art 101 – July 19-23 from 9:00 to 11:30 am
    Nature can open us up to new ideas, new growth and new sources of inspiration. Students will explore all that nature has to offer and how artists like Winifred Lutz, Andy Goldsworthy, and Robert Smithson have used nature to create amazing works of Land Art.
  • Characters in Motion – July 26-30 from 1:00 to 3:30 pm
    Are you a fan of creating stories or comics? Learn how to develop characters through puppetry, animation, and stop motion in this class devoted to bringing stories to life!
  • The Art of Mindfulness – August 9-13 from 9:00 to 11:30 am
    Discover how art and mindfulness go hand-in-hand! Students will explore a range of artistic processes including drawing, weaving, and nature inspired art – along with light yoga – to find beauty in everyday objects and experiences.