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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Works on Paper from the Student Art Collection
August 10 through September 17, 2017
Over the years the MMFA has acquired a large collection of student artwork drawing from the various exhibitions. For this exhibition, we will delve into our collection and display a variety of works on paper in the corridor for the end of summer.
Calls for Entry and Guidelines for Next Juried Exhibition of Student Art:
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 contemporary 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, geometric, striped paintings. His work inspired the minimalist movement of the 1960s and almost exclusively employed 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 prints. Submissions may include prints, painting, 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.
Emergent Viewpoints: Art in Alabama Today
Artwork Due: November 3, 2017
Exhibition Dates: November 16 through January 21, 2018
Eligibility: Middle School through College
Opening Reception: Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 5:30 P.M.
Project: This exhibition, which is open to middle school, high school and college students will highlight emerging young makers. Contemporary student artists who are using materials in an innovative way or who have altered the way we understand traditional art forms like painting, photography, and sculpture are invited to submit. We will showcase a mixture of two-and-three-dimensional artworks that celebrate innovation, creativity, and a fresh perspective on the world we live in, our place in it, or any concept the artist wishes to explore. Submissions may include photographs, painting, sculptures, print and mixed media. Each entry should include a brief (100-word maximum) artist statement. A group of professionals will jury the show to determine which selections will be exhibited.
Size: Entries may be no larger than 18” x 24”. 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.
Coming up this winter!
The Southern Lens: Photographs of the South
Artwork Due: Friday, January 12, 2018
Exhibition Dates: January 25 through March 5, 2018
Eligibility: Kindergarten through 12th Grade
More details coming soon!
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.
Art Ed Central
Art educators are welcome to join us for these FREE monthly workshops and learn more about utilizing the Museum as a classroom resource. After informative gallery talks with Museum curators, participants enjoy related art lessons in the studio. Light refreshments are served, and certification hours are earned!
Art Ed Central is a regional division of the Alabama Art Education Association. Meetings are co-hosted by the MMFA and organized by AAEA District Representative Sally Chambliss, art teacher at Loveless Academic Magnet Program. To register for workshops, call Brandy Morrison at 334.240.4365 or email email@example.com.
Be sure to mark these workshops on your calendar:
Thursday, September 14, October 12, November 9, and December 7 from 4:30 to 6 P.M.
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