Discover Ames

Uncover Ames’ art scene

June 11, 2024

Ignite your creative spark with all the innovative spaces Ames has to offer. From art galleries to bustling workshops, there are endless possibilities to develop your artistic talents and feel inspired. Here is our list of some of the best ways to get creative in Ames.


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Octagon Center for the Arts

The Octagon Center for the Arts, located in Downtown Ames, is a vibrant hub of creativity. The center provides a space for all ages to engage with one another and offer activities that foster an appreciation for the arts. The Octagon Center hosts a wide variety of in-person classes and workshops to help kindle your artistic spark. With classes ranging from painting, pottery throwing, and metalsmithing; there is something to suit everyone!


Iowa State University Museums

Located in the heart of Iowa State University’s campus, the Christian Petersen Art Museum offers a glimpse into the work of Christian Petersen, a former professor and sculptor at Iowa State. The gallery is home to a rotating schedule of various contemporary artists, public art, and exhibitions that engage other departments on campus.

Iowa State’s campus is home to other museums like the Farm House Museum  on central campus. Outside of Morrill Hall is the Elizabeth and Byron Anderson Sculpture Garden. This stunning collection brings together contemporary art and the beauty of the natural landscape.



The Workspace

In the Memorial Union of Iowa State University, lies The Workspace. Throughout the week, The Workspace hosts a variety of classes in pottery throwing, woodshop, and even stained-glass. If you’re looking to get crafty, drop in crafts like the decoupage planters are available. You won’t want to miss the paint-your-own-pottery offerings. Drop in any time to paint or take a kit to go! Check out the Workspace website for the summer themes each week.


Board and Brush

Looking for a night out with friends? Board and Brush offers DIY workshops for people who love to create, paint, and socialize! Paint your own tote bag, doormats, and signage to decorate your home. For a bigger occasion, book a private event and select your own unique piece to paint. Visit the Board and Brush website to view upcoming workshops.


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Ciccotti Art Glass

Ciccotti Art Glass is located right outside of Ames. Owner Art Ciccotti is known for creating custom, intricate handcrafted glass art. Visitors are offered the chance to immerse themselves in the art of glassblowing through hands-on workshops. These workshops provide an unforgettable experience, allowing visitors to explore their artistry. For more info on Ciccotti Art Glass workshops visit the website.




Written by Reese Scherder, Marketing Intern


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