Teacher workshops are available for teachers who would like to use the Museum’s collection as a resource for arts integration. Workshops are offered during the regular calendar year, and/or special arrangements can be made for specific school partnerships. Please call Assistant Curator or Education, Donna Pickens, 334.240.4363 for more details.
Art Ed Central
All area art teachers are invited to join us each month for these exciting and informative programs, related to art exhibitions at the Museum. Each workshop includes hands-on projects inspired by art in the Museum, guided tours of exhibitions, light refreshments, and sharing of ideas with other arts professionals. Participants also earn certification hours.
Be sure to mark these dates on your calendar: Thursday: 4:30 to 6 P.M. January 14, February 11, March 10, 2016 To register for these FREE workshops, call Brandy Morrison at 334.240.4365 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Art Ed Central is a regional division of the Alabama Art Education Association, and is co-sponsored by the MMFA and AAEA District Representative Sally Chambliss, art teacher at LAMP.
Lesson plans provide ways to integrate the Museum’s collection into classroom activities. Teachers are invited to share lesson plans on the Museum’s Pinterest board for educators.
Tours are available for school groups in grades K-12, Tuesday through Friday. To request a tour, please fill out the online request form. Tour requests are not official until you have received a confirmation from the Tour Coordinator.
The American Scene
This special curriculum-based tour is designed for 5th grade students in public and private schools. The tour covers a range of subjects in the Museum’s permanent collection of American art, and addresses content standards in language arts, social studies, math, and visual arts. This tour is organized in conjunction with Montgomery Public Schools and includes the participation of all students in the 5th grade. Special arrangements are also available for private schools. To learn more about the tour content, you can view the content online.
Ed Drozdowski, Principal of Wares Ferry Road Elementary
Artist in Residence – Learning Through Art
Thanks to funding from a National Endowment for the Arts grant, this unique visual arts program will continue for a third year and will expand to include third and fourth grades at Wares Ferry Road Elementary School.
This weekly partnership includes art lessons based on the Museum’s collection and connected to the core curriculum, frequent visits from professional Alabama artists, and VTS (Visual Thinking Strategies) discussions and writing sessions to encourage critical thinking and literacy skills.
Since fourth graders study Alabama history, their lessons will include well-known Alabama artists in the MMFA collection. The students will also work on collaborative projects related to the 60th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott and will visit the Museum before the holidays.
Staff members assisting with this program include the following:
• Jean Kocher – a veteran art educator, with 30+ years experience in the public schools, and a former Museum docent
• Laura Bocquin – the Museum’s Outreach Coordinator
• Donna Pickens – MMFA Assistant Curator of Education for School, Family & Children’s Programs