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
Art Ed Central, a regional division of the Alabama Art Education Association, meets monthly at the Museum, offering an opportunity for teachers and guest artists to share lesson plan ideas, view art in the Museum’s galleries, create hands-on art projects, network with other professionals, and earn certification credit hours.
Join us for these FREE fun and informative workshops on the following Thursday evenings, from 4:30 to 6 P.M.:
April 10, and May 8. The MMFA Education Department and AAEA, represented by Beelee Tullos from the Montgomery Academy, are co-sponsors of these exciting events. To reserve a space, call 334.240.4363 or email Assistant Curator of Education, Donna Pickens at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 provided by a Hearst Foundations grant, the MMFA Education Department launched a new outreach program in September , bringing weekly visual arts classes to third grade students at Wares Ferry Road Elementary School during the 2013–2014 school year. This unique program includes hands-on art classes integrated with the school curriculum, visits from professional artists, and the use of Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) as a teaching model in the classrooms. VTS is a teaching technique embraced by many art museums and schools that encourages students to look critically and closely at works of art to build oral communication skills and comprehension through group dialogue. This approach has been shown to improve students’ critical thinking skills, literacy, and reading comprehension. The Learning Through Art program began with a teacher training session at the Museum in August. Students in the program will also visit the Museum during the school year and have an end-of-the-year art show at the Museum.
Sponsor: Hearst Foundations Grant