Family Art Affair (all ages welcome)
Let the music move you as you create artwork to take home! Each date has a specific theme related to Museum exhibitions, so bring the whole family for this FREE fun every time!
Sunday, March 26, from 2 to 4 P.M.
Join us for this fun activity inspired by the exhibition Nature, Tradition, Innovation: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Gordon Brodfuehrer Collection, and create decorative vessels from air-dry clay to take home and enjoy!
Sunday, April 23, from 2 to 4 P.M.
Be inspired by Stuart Davis’ Summer Twilight painting to create your own mixed media collage in the studio. Bring the whole family and have fun using a variety of materials to create a colorful artwork to take home while enjoying great music.
Sunday, May 21, from 2 to 4 P.M.
Come celebrate Museum Day with us! Museums all across the country will be celebrating this week and encouraging people to visit their local museums. Come and listen to inspiring music while you construct your own mini-gallery in our studio.
Learn more about the artwork in the Museum in these one-hour FREE docent led-tours, held the FIRST Sunday of each month at 1 P.M. No Registration required.
March 5, April 2, May 7, and June 4 at 1 P.M.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please register for this event no later than March 24.
Registration form available here.
Flimp Chalk Competition
May 5, 8 A.M. to 6 P.M.
May 6, 8 to 10 A.M.
Calling all Chalk Artists! This year’s Flimp Festival will be bigger and better than before and the chalk competition will be no exception. This year’s theme is Quilts and we welcome artists of all ages to enter. The MMFA provides materials to all who register by April 14. During the Flimp Festival visitors will enjoy the chalk drawings in our parking lot gallery and local celebrities will judge the winners.
This year’s open drawing times for contestants will be Friday, May 5, 8 A.M. – 6 P.M. and the morning of May, 6 8- 10 A.M. before the Flimp festival begins. There will be a special competition category related to the Museum and its collection. Contact Brandy Morrison at 334.240.4365 by April 14 to register or online using the links for (Adults) or (Students).
Flimp Writing Competition
Inspired by Yvonne Wells’s narrative quilt Higginbothams II, the Museum is inaugurating a Flimp writing competition for local schools! Kindergarteners through eighth graders are invited to participate. Students are invited to “tell the story” they see in Yvonne’s quilt on a square piece of paper or fabric 8 by 8 inches and are welcome to decorate their page, be creative, and have fun!
The story quilt squares are a perfect-cross-curriculum lesson incorporating Alabama history, visual art, and literature! Teachers are welcome to contact the Museum for a related lesson plan. After students complete the work, teachers should choose two story squares to enter from their respective classes, which will then be juried by Museum educators and curators, and narrowed down to nine total finalists (one student from each grade). The nine winners will be pieced together by Museum professionals put on display for the Museum for Flimp Festival!
Entry ages: Kindergarten through eighth grade
Entry deadline: Friday, April 21, 2017
Teachers, please call 334.240.4365 or email email@example.com for more information about entry forms and project requirements.
The Gallery Backpacks, designed for elementary students and their families, include imaginative activities to guide young learners through the Museum. Backpacks can be checked out in
ARTWORKS (with a valid id) from the Educator on duty.
(Ages 2 to 5 with an adult partner)
Tales for Tots (ages 2 to 5)
This FREE monthly program helps develop early learning of art through storytelling and a simple craft activity related to art on display in the galleries. Two sessions are offered each month to accommodate a maximum of 25 participants per session.
Instructors: Education staff and Docents
Time: 10:30 to 11 A.M. and 11 to 11:30 A.M.
Wednesdays: March 22, April 19, May 24, and June 28
The Art of Baking Puppet Show
April 6 and 7, 2017, 9:30 A.M. and 10:45 A.M.
Children will learn that “art is everywhere” from charming animals working in a bakery on stage. The characters demonstrate that their particular differences, talents, and skills allow them to work together in order to make tasty masterpieces. In the course of the show children will also identify shapes, primary colors, cool and warm colors, and patterns used in confections and what it takes to become an artist. The show is for three to six year olds.
The Puppet Show is sponsored by Winifred and Charles Stakely.
Advance reservations are required (taken on a first-come, first-serve basis). 200 seats per show. Please contact Jill Byrd at 334.240.4359 for more information.
Please note: Scheduled visits to ARTWORKS Gallery are not available on Puppet Show dates.
Studio classes are available for teens and adults throughout the year. Classes offer instruction in a variety of art mediums, including digital media.
Young Artists (ages 3 to 5 with an adult caregiver)
In this introductory class, preschoolers will learn about the basic elements of art through looking at and creating a variety of artworks. The instructor will base the projects on works on display in our permanent and temporary galleries. Each class will focus on multi-step processes to engage students in a range of activities and materials. Class size is limited to ten children with an adult caregiver. All supplies are provided.
Instructor: Kaci Norman
Time: 3:45 to 4:45 P.M.
Tuesday: April 11 and 25; May 9 and 23
Cost: $8 members/$12 non-members for each class; $24 members/$40 non-members for the series of four classes
After School Art II (ages 10 to 13)
Older students explore art beyond the basics making connections between what they see and themselves as they view artworks in the galleries and create their own works formulated through group discussion and individualized projects. All supplies are provided. Class size is limited to ten students.
Instructors: Kaci Norman
Thursday: April 6, 13, 20, and 27
Time: 4:00 to 5:00 P.M.
Cost: $40 members/$65 non-members for the series of four classes
Summer Art Camp
Weeklong, half-day or all day (ages 6-12)
The MMFA will be offering three youth summer camps this year. All three camps will focus on the elements of art and promise to be fun and engaging, and participants will leave with an armful of their own artworks created in the studio. Participants will spend time in the galleries, engage in group discussions, and be inspired by a variety of media, such as clay, printmaking, paint, mixed media, and sculpture. Camp fee includes snacks and all materials used in art making. Campers are encouraged to sign up for more than one week of camp to get the full experience. All full-day campers are asked to bring a lunch every day. The camps are designed with working parents in mind, as extended hours are offered. Camps are limited to 20 students, so enroll today!
Time: 8:30 A.M. to 12 P.M. and 1 to 4:30 P.M.; Monday through Friday
Dates and Themes:
June 19 – 23 Shape, form and Texture (Portraits)
July 10 – 14 Color, Value, and Pattern (Still-life)
July 24 – 28 Line, Rhythm, and Movement (Landscapes)
Cost: $100 members/ $160 nonmembers for half-day camp; $190 members/ $250 non-members for full-day camp
Early drop-off (7:45 A.M. at earliest) and late pickup (5:30 P.M. at the latest) are available for additional $50
Full day students MUST bring their own lunches.
Tuition cost will be refunded if a class is canceled.
For a full refund, cancellations must be made NO LATER THAN 2 WEEKS BEFORE
the class, workshop, or camp begins. After that time a 25%
administrative fee will be charged.