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Wheelhouse Studios

An Open Art Studio in Madison

Your Creativity Outlet on Campus

Wheelhouse Studios is an open art studio in Madison, located in the lower level of Memorial Union. With three versatile workspaces, flexible studio designs, drop-in art opportunities, and classes for enthusiasts and first-time artists alike, it’s easy to engage in the arts at Wheelhouse.

Art classes include drawing, painting, ceramics, glass art, jewelry, movement art, cooking, music, printmaking and fabric arts. Wheelhouse Studios is your creative outlet in the heart of UW-Madison’s campus.

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Art Classes & Workshops

From pottery classes to painting sessions, channel your creativity in a range of art classes taught by Wheelhouse instructors.

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Art Classes & Workshops

Open Art Studio Information

We're open! 12-10pm, Monday-Sunday

Access is FREE for current UW-Madison students | Studio passes are available for lifetime and annual Wisconsin Union members and current UW fac/staff. 

All patrons are required to sign in at the front desk. Read our FAQ page for more information about open studios.


*Please note: This is self-guided work, there is no instruction during open studio hours.

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Open Art Studio Information

Group Events

With a group of eight or more, Wheelhouse Studios offers the perfect place to host a private teambuilding event or celebration. Our talented teaching artists will guide your group through all of the steps of your project.

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Group Events

Free Programming

Throughout the fall and spring semesters, join us for Free Art Fridays to relax and unwind.

Plus, all ages and skill levels are welcome to join us at the Terrace Art Zone on the Memorial Union Terrace for free afternoon art activities. Wednesday-Saturday | 5-8 pm | approximately June - August each year. Visit the events calendar for specific dates. 

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Free Programming

Wheelhouse Art Kits

Wheelhouse Studios offers a selection of art kits to kick-start your creativity. Purchase a simple do-it-yourself project kit to complete at the studio.

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Wheelhouse Art Kits

Gift the Union Experience!

A Wisconsin Union gift card is valid throughout Memorial Union - treat your friends and family to a Wheelhouse workshop with dinner and beverages!

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