Family Art Affair
Sunday, February 22: 2 to 4 P.M.
Join us for Jazz Jams and special art making activities in the studios, in connection with the exhibition Reflections: African-American Life from the Myrna Colley-Lee Collection.
Sunday, March 22: 2 to 4 P.M.
Be inspired by the works of art in the exhibition History Refused to Die: Alabama’s African American Self-Taught Artists in Context, listen to the rhythmic sounds of jazz, and add your own creation to the civil rights community quilt. The completed quilt will be displayed in the Museum.
Saturday, April 11: 1 to 4 P.M. -Native American Day
Join us for the second annual Native American Family Day Saturday, April 11 from 1 P.M. to 4 P.M. During this free event, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians will share many different aspects of their heritage in fun and interactive ways for all ages! There will be storytelling by the Poarch Creek Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, dance performances, tribal drumming, and artisans demonstrating their skills. We will have hands on basket weaving, medallion making and creating in clay all in the Poarch Creek tradition. Please visit www.mmfa.org for further details.
The Museum is grateful to the Poarch Band of Creek Indians for its support of Native American Family Day.
Sunday, April 26: 2 to 4 P.M.
Jazz Jams and special art making activities in the studios, in connection with the exhibition Masterworks: American Paintings from Wesleyan College
Saturday, May 2: 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. – Annual FLIMP Festival
The annual FLIMP Festival will be Saturday, May 2 kicked off by the Do-Dah Pet Parade!
This family friendly event will feature hands-on art projects, local artists demonstrating their talents, dance, theatrical and musical performances, a treasure hunt, food, and of course the chalk art contest. The students of Booker T. Washington will be helping to make the event a great success and showing off their amazing talents.
Time: Saturday, May 2 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Cost: $5 Adults, $3 Children, FREE to MMFA members and Active Duty Military and their Immediate Family
Learn more about artwork in the Museum in these FREE docent led tours, held the FIRST Sunday of each month at 1 P.M.
April 5, May 3, June 7 at 1 P.M.
Preschool (Ages 2 to 6 with an adult partner)
Special stories and a simple art activity are presented to help young children connect with art in the Museum galleries in this FREE monthly program. The program will be offered at two different times each date, with a limit of 25 children and their parents each session.
This free program for young children and their families combines storytelling, books, and simple art activities in the Museum. Due to the popularity of this program, Tales for Tots will be offered at two different times each date, with a limit of 25 children and their parents each time.
Instructors: Museum Education staff and Docents
Time: 10:30 to 11 A.M. and 11 to 11:30 A.M.
Wednesdays: March 25, April 15, May 13, June 10
Young Artists (ages 3-5)
Twice monthly this popular class offers an opportunity for parents and their preschool children to explore drawing, painting, and sculpture, using a variety of art materials. Sign up for one class or the entire series. Classes are limited to 10 children with an adult partner or parent. All materials are provided.
Instructor: Gloria Simons
Time: 1:30 to 2:15 P.M.
Thursday: April 16, 30; May 7, 21; June 4
Cost: $8 members/$12 non-members for each class; $32 members/$48 non-members for the series of five classes
Mom and Me (Ages 3 to 5)
Parents have as much fun as children exploring the wonders of clay while learning to shape and form finished ceramic projects. All supplies, including clay, glazes for painting, and kiln firing are provided. Class size is limited to 10 children with a parent or adult partner.
Time: 1:30 to 2:30 P.M.
Tuesday: April 21, 28; May 5 Cost: $30 members/$50 non-members
Drawing and Painting for Homeschoolers (ages 6 to 12)
Inspired by works of art in the Museum, students will learn proper techniques for painting still life and landscapes with watercolors, acrylics, and mixed media. All supplies are provided. Class size is limited to 12 students.
Time: 11 A.M. to 12 P.M.
Friday: April 17; May 8, 15, 29
Cost: $50 members/$75 non-members for the series of five classes
After School Art I (ages 6 to 9)
Inspired by art in the Museum galleries, students will explore different art techniques, elements of art and principles of design. They use a variety of art materials to create drawings, paintings, ceramics, and sculpture. All supplies are provided. Class size is limited to 12 students.
Instructors: Donna Pickens and Museum Education staff
After School Art II (ages 10 to 14)
Older students learn to improve their skills in drawing, painting, and sculpture in this informative series of classes. During the series, students explore a variety of art techniques and media in connection with art in the Museum galleries. Projects include mixed-media self-portraits, acrylic paintings on canvas, linoleum block prints, and clay sculptures. All supplies are provided. Class size is limited to 10 students.
Instructors: Donna Pickens and Museum Education staff
Time: 4 to 5 P.M.
Thursdays: January 22, 29; February 5,19, 26; March 5,19; April 2, 9, 23, 30; May 7
Cost: $100 members/$160 non-members for the series of 12 classes
Sculpture Workshop (ages 8 and older)
Celebrate the plans for a sculpture garden at the Museum by creating your own masterpiece, using an incredible assortment of building materials. Finished sculptures will be on view on the Museum’s Pinterest page.
Instructors: George Olsson and Education Staff
Time: 10 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.
Wednesday: March 25 Cost: $10 members/$15 non-members
Fused Glass Creations (ages 12 and older)
Learn to cut and fuse glass to make unique pendants, earrings, picture frames and even colorful ladybug garden stakes, just in time for Mother’s Day! All glass working tools and supplies are provided. Class size is limited to 10 participants. Youth ages 12 and older can attend this workshop when accompanied by an adult partner.
Instructor: Jo Taylor, ceramic and glass artist
Time: 1 to 4:30 P.M.
Saturday, April 18
Cost: $90 members/$135 non-members
Summer Art Sampler
Join us in the studio to create a different art project each day. Explore a variety of art media, including collage, oil pastel & watercolor resist painting, and more. All supplies are provided. Class size is limited to 15 participants.
Instructors: Museum Education staff
Time: 2:30 to 3:30 P.M.
Tuesday and Thursday: June 2 and 4
Cost: $5 members/$10 non-members for each class;
$8 members/$15 non-members for the series of two classes
Summer Art Camps
Week-long. Half-day or all day
These fun filled camps offer small group lessons in drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, and printmaking. Each camp offers different themes, art activities and techniques, so students are encouraged to sign up for more than one week! Famous works of art in the Museum’s permanent collection inspire projects, and students explore many different media such as clay modeling, mixed media sculpture, acrylic painting, watercolors, colored pencils, pastels, printmaking, etc. Camps end with an art show for artists’ families on Friday at 4 PM. Camp fees include snacks and all materials used in the art making. The camps are designed for working parents in mind, as extended hours are offered. Camps are limited to 20 students and fill up quickly, so enroll today!
Monday through Friday: 8:30 A.M. to 12 P.M. and 1 to 4:30 P.M.
June 22 – 26 Line & Texture (animals in art)
July 6 – 10 My World & Me (shape and form)
July 20 – 24 Sunny Landscapes (color and value contrasts)
August 3 – 7 Still Life & Abstractions (spaces and pattern)
Cost: $100 members/ $160 non-members for each half day $190 members/$250 non-members for full day Early drop off (7:45 A.M. at earliest) and late pick up (5:30 P.M. at latest) are available for an additional $50. Full day students must bring their own lunch.
Download the Studio Flyer to learn more about upcoming classes