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Explore your creativity, learn something new, expand your craft or begin a new hobby 

WCA Learning Tours

Workshops and classes are designed for kids ages 3 and up, families, teens and adults at all levels of experience.

The WCA provides youth, teen and adult creative programming. Classes are taught in a variety of traditional mediums like painting, ceramics, drawing, printmaking, jewelry making and stained glass including a variety of specialty classes that are available for more advanced students.

We hire local practicing artists from the Cedar Valley to instruct who also have a passion for art and art education.
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The Waterloo Center for the Arts welcomes groups of all sizes to experience its traditional and interactive galleries. The Center is a great place for groups to learn, play, imagine, and explore.

Phelps Youth Pavilion 

The Pavilion is a children’s museum with over 40 hands-on exhibits ranging from simple drawing and painting to magical high-tech adventures. But it’s not just for kids, the young-at-heart can play too! 

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Caribbean Art

The Center holds the largest public collection of Haitian artwork in the world, including colorful paintings, powerful metal sculptures, and glittering beaded and sequined banners.

Midwest Art

The heritage and diversity of Midwestern art is reflected in the work of American Regionalist masters Grant Wood, Marvin Cone, and Thomas Hart Benton. Significant regional African American Artists are also represented. 


Mexican Folk Art

The Center holds a significant collection of Mexican Folk Art that includes ceramics, masks, textiles, traditional costumes, and an amazing selection of whimsical Oaxacan carved animal sculptures.

Creating Art While Touring

Complement your tour by adding a hands-on art activity. Instructors will give your group just enough creative guidance so each person can realize their own masterpiece. Choose from monoprints, stained glass, folk toys, mixed media, digital arts, ceramics, mosaics, drawings, or jewelry making. (Additional charge based on craft selection)

Group Tour Pricing

Groups of 12 or more Guided Tours $3/person 


Planning Your Tour 

  • Tours are available 9:00 am-5:00 pm, Tue thru Fri

  • Book your tour a minimum of 2 weeks in advance 

  • Group sizes can range from 12 to 150 

  • With children are asked to bring 1 adult per 6 children 

  • Meeting rooms are also available 

  • Rates subject to change without notice 

  • Call to book your tour today | (319) 291.4490


Additional Information

Cancellation Policy

Should minimum enrollment not be met, class will be cancelled, participants will be notified and a credit or a refund will be issued. If you withdraw from a class up to 3 days prior to the first session, you will receive a refund minus a $10 processing fee or a full credit towards another class registration. After that time no refunds will be given. Material fees are non-refundable.

Inclement Weather Policy

If inclement weather occurs, WCA may cancel classes. Tune in to KWWL or Facebook for up-to-date cancellation information. Please note that whenever Waterloo Community Schools are cancelled for weather, the Phelps Youth Pavilion and WCA youth classes/programs will be cancelled.

Handicap Accessibility

The Waterloo Center for the Arts is handicap accessible. If you require special assistance to participate in our programs, call (319) 291-4490

Pre-Registration is Required for All Classes

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