Throughout the year the Paine offers a spectrum of educational programs for people of all ages.

The Paine’s distinctive combination of resources, including the mansion, collections, and gardens, inspires a variety of learning experiences about art, architecture, and nature. Educational programs explore the concepts and processes of architecture, art and gardens and bridges the relationship between creativity and everyday life.

To learn more about Education Programs at the Paine, contact Mary Pleiss, Director of Education and ArtsCore Coordinator, at (920) 235-6903 ext. 44 or

To learn more about field trips and other programs for school groups, contact Kelsey Raschke, Educator, at 920-235-6903 ext. 41 or

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The Studio

Located on the lower level of the mansion, the Paine’s newly renovated Studio is a space to learn, create and dream. With furniture and décor in the style of the Paine, the Studio is a comfortable, flexible and inspiring environment for people of all ages. Visitors are welcome to rest in the cozy reading area and explore a collection of books related to art, architecture, gardening and a wide variety of related topics. A number of self-directed activities, including blocks, games, and arts and crafts, are available as well.

The Studio is also designed to host professional development workshops, meetings and collaborations for educators and pre-service educators developing arts-integrated curricula. The space includes work tables, a stage and a growing resource library.


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Independent Art Activities

On any given weekend, children can be creative with self-directed art activities in the Studio. Find inspiration by exploring the Paine’s current exhibition, mansion or gardens, then let your imagination run wild with coloring, performing on the stage or other activities. Adults can join in the fun, too! Independent Art Activities are included in admission, and free for Paine Members.

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Make & Take Crafts

During select weekends, join the Paine’s apprentices in the Studio to make crafts and activities that combine learning with art! When it’s finished, take the masterpiece along to display at home. Make & Take Crafts are included in admission and free for Paine Members.

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Field Station

The Field Station is a special area of the gardens with nature activities designed for children and their families. Explore science and literacy activities in the playhouse, or put on a performance with musical instruments and props on the stage. In addition, there is an outdoor digging station, a balance beam, and nature sensory tables for children and their families to discover the joy of outdoor play together.

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Field Trips

The Paine offers a variety of opportunities for schools and organizations to enhance their curricula. Field trips are free of charge to school groups, and can be tailored to fit learning targets. Our programs maximize engagement through integrating the arts with other subjects, such as history, literacy, science, and math. To arrange a tour for your group, please fill out a  Group Tour Inquiry below. If you need further assistance, you may email or call 920-235-6903.


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