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.
Exhibitions of Student Art ARTWORKS Corridor
Located near the Museum entrance and adjacent to ARTWORKS, the ARTWORKS Corridor Gallery is devoted to temporary exhibitions of student art. Throughout the year, the Museum hosts juried shows of student work, designed in relation to temporary exhibitions in the main galleries. Exhibition guidelines encourage teachers to develop lesson plans inspired by Museum exhibitions, and students become engaged with the artwork on view by creating their own responses. Young artists from throughout the state enter work in the juried exhibitions, and at least one artwork is selected from each school and/or teacher whose students enter. The artists whose work is exhibited and their families are invited to attend special opening receptions.
Discover how your students may exhibit their artwork at the Museum. Student exhibitions in the ARTWORKS Corridor are designed to go hand-in-hand with art in the galleries. Detailed guidelines and entry forms are available by request. A jury of art professionals selects works for each show. Contact Kaci Norman, 334.240.4363 or email@example.com for more information.
“Learning Through Art” at Wares Ferry Road Elementary School
May 11 through August 6, 2017
This exhibition of student art will showcase creations made by third and fourth graders at Wares Ferry Road Elementary School, where the Museum outreach program Learning Through Art: Artist in Residence Program is now in its fourth year of enriching students through weekly art classes. Using the Museum’s collection as the foundation for inspiration, students first engage with art utilizing the Visual Thinking Strategies method, observing details and deciphering what is going on in each picture. These student-driven discussions open the door for each individual to explore creativity as they then make their own artwork based on the subjects and styles of the art discussed. One piece of art from every participating student will be hung in this exhibition, ranging from colorful paintings and collages to innovative prints and sculptures. This show will be up for just over a month, so please come and see the fruits of these students’ year-long adventure with art while they are on view!
Learning Through Art is sponsored by The Kiwanis Club of Montgomery and Central Alabama Community Foundation.
Calls for Entry and Guidelines for Next Juried Exhibition of Student Art:
Inspired by Stella
Artwork Due: Friday, September 8, 2017
Exhibition Dates: September 21 through November 12, 2017
Eligibility: Kindergarten through 12th Grade
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 28 at 5:30 P.M.
Project: This student exhibition will run concurrently with the exhibition showcasing the prints of Frank Stella, one of the most influential and important American artists. Known for his prints and paintings (and later structural and architectural designs) Stella turned the art world on its head in the late 1950s. Making a strong statement against the gestural brushwork of Abstract Expressionism, he gained instant recognition with his impersonal, striped paintings. His work inspired the minimalist movement of the 1960s and employed almost exclusively line, volume, color, and shape, removing the illusion of three-dimensions and highlighting nonrepresentational shapes on a flat canvas. Students are invited to create works that are inspired by the prints represented in the Museum’s retrospective exhibition of Stella’s print work. Submissions may include prints, paint, sculpture, photography and/or other mixed media.
Size: Entries may be no larger than 24” x 24” (they may be smaller than this). Photographs and works on paper must be presented in mats. Three-dimensional works of art may not exceed six inches in depth and must be ready to hang on the wall.
ARTWORKS Corridor is sponsored by Regions Bank and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Junior Executive Board.
Middle and High School Classes
– English teachers, bring your students to practice Ekphrastic writing (or writing in response to works of art!) in the galleries. Co-lead a writing workshop with a Museum and host a reading at the end.
– History teachers, don’t forget about the American historical sources hanging all over the Museum walls. Call us about an American history gallery talk or writing assignment for your students.
– Foreign language teachers, bring your students to discuss works of art in a second language. We can help you find references to your country of focus in our collection. We have Museum docents who speak German, Spanish, and Korean.
– Math and science teachers, brainstorm with us to think about applications of mathematics and science in works of art and architecture, explore the wall in ARTWORKS based on the Fibonacci sequence and more.
-Interested in having your students learn more about working at an art Museum? Call about the possibility of partnering on a Junior Curators or Junior Docent program or to take a behind the scenes tour of the Museum.
To explore these or any other school partnerships, please call Alice Novak at 334.240.4361.
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 Outreach Coordinator, Laura Bocquin, 334.240.4364 for more details.
Teaching with Art Museum: Professional Development Workshop for Teachers
Wednesday, August 2nd, 9 A.M. to 4 P.M.
Educators of all levels and disciplines are invited to attend this cross-curricular workshop on how to use the art museum as a resource in the classroom. Teachers will also be the first to learn about the new Alabama Legacy themed school tour designed for the MPS fifth-graders’ annual visit. Materials will be provided.
Cost: Workshop is FREE. Lunch is available for purchase from the Museum café for $10.
To Register: Please call Brandy Morrison at 334.240-4365 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by July 26.
Art Ed Central
Each month enjoy gallery talks in new exhibitions at the Museum and experience related lessons 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 email@example.com. 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, September 14, from 4:30 to 6 P.M.
Join us to explore the exhibition Frank Stella Prints: A Retrospective, then dabble with various printmaking techniques in the studio while enjoying refreshments and networking with other art professionals.
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.
FREE for teachers!
Bring part of the Museum to your classroom by checking out one of our free Traveling Art Suitcases. Choose between Printmaking or Alabama Artists. Each suitcase contains
lesson plans, materials and original works of art. For more information please contact Brandy Morrison at 334.240.4365 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ed Drozdowski, Retired 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 – Museum’s Outreach Coordinator