The AAEA conference was held at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts on November 14, 2014 and included workshops ranging from art lessons to educational resources. Tim Brown, Curator of Education at MMFA, hosted “Tim Talks.” a workshop addressing resources for the iPad, and Donna Pickens, Assistant Curator of Education MMFA, led a workshop on African masks. A special thanks to Connie Deal and Bee Lee Tullos for organizing the conference, and Jessica Balsley, the keynote speaker and pioneer creator of “The Art of Ed.” If you would like to keep up with AAEA online, you can check them out on Facebook or their official website.
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
Thursday, October 9 & Thursday, December 11: 4:30 to 6 P.M.
These FREE, fun and informative meetings, designed especially for area art teachers, are held at the Museum most months during the school year. Each workshop offers an opportunity for teachers and guest artists to share lesson plan ideas, view art in the Museum’s galleries, create hand-on art projects, network with other professionals, and earn certification hours. Art Ed Central is a regional division of the Alabama Art Education Association. The MMFA Education Department and AAEA District Representative BeeLee Tullos from the Montgomery Academy are co-sponsors of these workshops.
To reserve a space, call 334.240.4363, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Art Ed Central has received a License Tag Grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts for these workshops in 2014-2015.
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 download the guide or view the content online.
The homeschool community is a highly valued segment of the Montgomery community. Each year, the Education Department features “Homeschool Day,” a program that offers programs, classes, and resources to help make the Museum’s collection accessible to homeschool families. To learn more about future plans and programs, call 334.240.4363.
Ed Drozdowski, Principal of Wares Ferry Road Elementary
Artist in Residence – Learning Through Art
With funding assistance from the Montgomery Kiwanis Club, weekly visual arts programming will be offered for all the third grade classes at the Wares Ferry Road Elementary School for a second year, beginning the first week of September and ending in late May. Each of the four nine-week sessions will include 3 Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) discussions using reproductions of artwork from the Museum’s Permanent Collection and 6 hands-on art activities, related to the core curriculum. In addition, several professional artists from the Montgomery Art Guild will visit the classrooms during the year, helping the students learn various art techniques. Art supplies will be provided by the Museum, most of which will remain with the third grade teachers for use in their classrooms. Students will also visit the Museum to view original works of art. At the end of the school year a special exhibition of the students’ artwork and reception for the family members will be held at the school. 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
• Miriam Jones – the Museum’s Outreach Coordinator
• Donna Pickens – MMFA Assistant Curator of Education for School, Family & Children’s Programs
• Tim Brown – MMFA Curator of Education
Sponsor: Hearst Foundations Grant