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 Special Programs Coordinator, Donna Pickens, 334.240.4363 for more details.
Art Ed Central
Each month enjoy gallery talks in new exhibitions at the Museum and experience related lesons to use in your classrooms at these FREE teacher workshops. Earn certification hours while sharing ideas with other art professionals.
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.
Be sure to mark these workshops on your calendar:
Thursday, December 8, 4:30 – 6 P.M. – Look Here, Look Now: Fashion, Costume, and Style in Art
Thursday, January 12, 4:30 – 6 P.M. – Moonstruck: Works on Paper from the MMFA Collection
Thursday, February 9, 4:30 – 6 P.M. – Sewn Together: Two Centuries of Alabama Quilts
Thursday, March 16, 4:30 – 6 P.M. – Nature, Tradition, Innovation: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics
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.
American History Homeschool Event
Friday, March 31, from 8 A.M. to 12 P.M.
The Museum will host its fifth annual event for the local homeschool community, offering interdisciplinary connections through engaging gallery tours and studio activities. Participants will traverse our country’s cultural development as represented in the Museum’s permanent collection, from Colonial and Early American portraiture, to romantic landscapes and simple country scenes as the nation industrialized, to new artistic styles that developed in stride with America’s cosmopolitanization. We welcome the whole family to participate. Activities will also be offered for preschoolers with their parents.
To register for the homeschool event, call Brandy Morrison at 334.240.4365 or email email@example.com. Please register for this event no later than March 24.
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 – 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 Special Programs Coordinator