Education Programs


In 2014, Lux opened its Education Pavilion, a spacious 7000-square-foot facility that includes four studios, an artist’s workshop, a digital lab, and administrative offices. The studios and workshop are equipped with roll-up garage doors that open onto a spacious one-acre garden, creating a seamless transition between indoors and out as well as a perfect setting for exploring creativity, making art, and enjoying community. The Education Pavilion has made it possible for Lux to expand its programming dramatically, making art more accessible and personally meaningful for kids and adults all over San Diego County.



No experience necessary! Kids and adults, beginners and seasoned artists will all find something among the class offerings at Lux. Visiting artists – local, accomplished artists – share their expertise in a variety of media, among them painting, drawing, book making, jewelry making, ceramics and mixed media. Both one-day workshops and class series are offered.

The valise Project

The Valise Project brings an interactive art experience into classrooms all over San Diego County. Each valise is a portable work of art that 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.

Lux Teacher Program

San Diego County educators are invited to join the Lux Teacher Program, where local educators collaborate with Lux teachers to bring art into the classroom. K-12 teachers learn specific ways to integrate art into their curriculums, receive guidance on how to find and apply for grants to support their arts integration programs, and discover how to take full of advantage of Lux programs for themselves and their students.


K-8 students experience creativity in action with a field trip to Lux Art Institute. Each Luxcursion includes a docent-led tour through the artist’s studio, exhibition areas, sculptural installations, and native landscape of the Lux grounds. Following the tour, students take part in a hands-on art project related to current exhibition(s).

High School & College Tours

Bring your class for an interactive tour that includes a 45-minute, docent-led exploration of the artist studio for high school and college groups. Students have the opportunity to meet the artist-in-residence during residency periods or to sketch in the studio during non-residency times.


Kids-in-Residence is Lux’s in-depth, after-school art program for young artists ages 5–12. Each session corresponds to the Lux Residency schedule and is based on the ideas, style, and technique of the current artist-in-residence. The curriculum allows kids to get up-close and personal with the work of professional artists by studying their work, experimenting with similar techniques and materials, and following resident artists’ progress in the studio from start to finish.


Lux’s popular Summer Art Camp allows kids to explore, make, and exhibit art in a museum setting. Each of the unique six weeks of camp focuses on different contemporary artists and themes. Campers create a variety of projects using media of their choosing, including drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed media, printmaking, collage, and photography. The summer camp session culminates with a professionally installed art show in the Artist Pavilion and Education Pavilion, where students invite family, friends, and teachers to view work created during the camp.