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Month: March 2020

Home Studio: HeART for our Heroes

Our healthcare professionals are working diligently to keep our community safe, and to show our appreciation the MMFA has joined forces with a local Montgomery artist. The artist—who wishes to remain anonymous—is donating personal protective equipment to healthcare facilities and has asked the Museum to collect words and images of encouragement from children across the region to accompany the donation. Our goal: bring a small amount of hope, support, and thanks to our local heroes.

For the safety of all, submissions will be laminated and disinfected before being delivered to healthcare facilities.


To create original works of art that show appreciation and inspire strength in our healthcare workers and others on the front lines helping those who are battling COVID-19.

Material Suggestions

  • Pencils
  • Paper (no larger than 7 x 7 inches)
  • Colored pencils, markers, crayons
  • Construction paper, scissors, glue sticks
  • Paints, paintbrushes, water


  • Design: Look through the available materials and plan what to create.
  • Suggested themes include:
    • Gratitude
    • Inspiration
    • Community
    • Health and safety tips
  • Make: Using your chosen materials, get creative and draw/paint/collage, using different colors, shapes, patterns—whatever you want!
  • Write: After finishing your creations, add words or messages of thanks and encouragement for the recipients.

Conclusion and Submission

When you’ve finished, please send your creations to the Museum, by Monday, April 13, 2020. All submissions can be mailed directly to the Museum or dropped off in the Museum’s mailbox located to the left of the main entrance directly off the parking lot.

Address packages to:

Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts
c/o We HeART our Heroes
1 Museum Drive
Montgomery, AL 36117

Home Studio: From Pieces to Patterns

Begin by viewing the selected quilts and engage in discussion comparing the quilts (design, color, pattern, materials, etc)—giving the opportunity to connect to the quilts through analysis. When compared, how are the quilts similar; how are they different? Finish the discussion with concepts of traditional and contemporary quilting (pattern, symmetrical, asymmetrical, applique).

Click here to browse the Museum’s textile collection.

From left to right: Odell Valentine (American, 1925–2013), Lone Star, ca. 1985, polyester and cotton, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association Purchase, 2004.21.23; Bessie Hood (American, 1908–2012), Checkerboard/ Strips and Bars, ca. 1980, cotton, cotton/polyester blend, polyester, and wool, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association Purchase, 2004.21.4; Nora Ezell (American, 1919–2007), Nora’s Necktie Flower Garden, 1994, polyester, cotton/polyester blend, plastic and wood beads, and cowrie shells, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Gift of Kempf Hogan in honor of Bethine Whitney, 2005.9.2


To plan, design, and create original paper-quilt-collages inspired by quilts from the MMFA’s collection, and to engage new audiences with traditional and contemporary concepts of quilting.


  • Pencils
  • Paper
  • Scissors (optional)
  • Construction paper and/or Patterned paper
  • Glue sticks


  • Applique – A technique when fabric shapes are cut and sewn onto a fabric block or quilt top.
  • Asymmetrical – A balance in design that lacks symmetry (does not create a mirror image when a line is put down the middle), but still maintains visual balance.
  • Block Patterns – One of the earliest quilt designs, made by sewing together squares; popular because of how quickly this could be assembled and also popular because labor could be divided among multiple people in the community.
  • Color – A basic element of art that is an identifiable quality of an object (such as red, blue, yellow) as it is perceived by the human eye, produced when light is reflected off an object to the eye.
  • Design – A plan for the organization of formal elements in a work of art.
  • Lone Star – A traditional quilt design in which the repetition of single diamond shapes are arranged in concentric circles.
  • Pattern – A repeated design.
  • Quilt – Layers of fabric sewn together, typically applied in a decorative design. Can be used as blankets or hung on walls as ornamental art.
  • Symmetrical – A balance in design achieved by arranging elements on either side of the center of a composition to create a mirror image.


  • Design: Sift through the paper choices, cut out or tear different shapes and strips, and then begin experimenting with arrangements on the larger paper you intend to use as the base of your collage.
  • Rearrange: We recommended trying several different arrangements using various colors of paper and making distinctly different patterns, to find what you like the most!
  • Glue: After layering and rearranging the papers into the desired design, use a glue stick to adhere the collage pieces onto the larger base paper.


Discuss your original collage-quilt-creations as a group (as few or many as that may safely be!), sharing about why you executed specific designs and chose certain patterns. Additionally, a great way to display paper quilt collages can be hanging them together, to create a large quilt-like form, made up from many smaller paper quilt collages. We would love to see your displays!

Submit Your Work

We would love to see your creations! Share your work with us by taking a photograph and emailing it to us at

Home Studio: Real-World Color Wheel

Our first activity explores the relationship of colors, both in art and the world around us. Engaging in a basic discussion about the color wheel and how it is made is a great way to begin this project! If you do not have a color wheel at home, you can look one up online. Listed at the end of this post are some links for reference, if needed. The three primary colors are yellow, red, and blue. These hues are called the primary colors because they cannot be made from other colors, but they are used to make all other colors. When you mix two primary colors together, you get a secondary color. The secondary colors are orange (red+yellow), green (blue+yellow), and violet/purple (red+blue). Tertiary colors are created when you combine a little more of one primary color than the other after mixing a secondary color. For example, if you make orange and then add a little more red to it, it becomes a red-orange. The tertiary colors are red-orange, yellow-orange, yellow-green, blue-green, blue-violet, and red-violet.


An introduction to the fundamentals of color theory through the creation of a color wheel using objects from around the house and the wilderness of your own backyard.


  • Paper
  • Markers/colored pencils/crayons (whatever is available!)
  • Collected materials from nature
  • Collected materials from around the house
  • Magazines
  • Scissors
  • Glue


  • Analogous colors – Groups of three colors next to each other on the color wheel.
  • Color wheel – A visual tool used to show the relationship between colors.
  • Complementary colors – Colors that are opposite from each other on the color wheel (red and green, blue and orange, purple and yellow), that create high contrast when placed next to each other and therefore make each other stand out.
  • Cool colors – Purple, Blue, and Green; Colors that evoke a sense of coldness.
  • Hue – Another name for color.
  • Monochromatic – The use of only one color.
  • Primary colors – Red, Yellow, and Blue; The colors that are used to make all other colors.
  • Secondary colors – Green, Purple, and Orange; The colors made when two primary colors mix.
  • Shade – A darker value of a color, made by adding black to the color.
  • Tertiary colors – Red-Orange, Yellow-Orange, Yellow-Green, Blue-Green, Red-Violet, Blue-Violet; Colors made by adding a little more of one primary color to a secondary color after it is mixed.
  • Tint – A lighter value of a color, made by adding white to the color.
  • Value – The lightness or darkness of a color.
  • Warm colors – Red, Orange, Yellow; Colors that evoke a sense of warmth.


  • Color: After the basic color wheel discussion, pick out each primary and secondary color from your drawing materials (markers/crayons/colored pencils). Begin by using the primary colors (yellow, red, blue) to create shapes of your choice at the points of an imagined triangle.
  • Next, use each secondary color (orange, green, purple) to create three more shapes, making sure to place each color between the two primary colors that mix to make it.
    Red + Yellow = Orange
    Yellow + Blue = Green
    Red + Blue = Purple
  • Gather: After the basic color wheel is in place on the paper, it’s time to be adventurous! Hunt around the house, collecting things that are allowed to be glued down, like old buttons, bottle caps, or even a Barbie shoe missing its match–the options are endless! If some fresh air is needed, venture outside and continue the search, trying to find something to represent every color from the color wheel.
  • Cut: If you are missing objects to represent particular colors, search through old magazines to find a variety of tints and shades of colors. A color wheel with hues representing a range of values will be more balanced and visually appealing!
  • Organize and Glue: Organize all objects by hue, then begin gluing them near or on the coordinating color on the color wheel. Start with cut out pieces from magazines, then work through gluing the found objects from home and yard.


Use the completed color wheel to further the discussion of color theory. Colors opposite each other on the color wheel are called complementary colors. Colors near each other on the color wheel are called analogous colors (such as red, red-orange, and orange), and can be used to create a bold visual impact. Monochromatic color schemes utilize tints and shades of only one hue, also with great impact. Certain color groupings can be used together to evoke specific moods or feelings (warm colors are red, orange, and yellow; cool colors are purple, blue, and green).

Submit Your Work

We would love to see your creations! Share your work with us by taking a photograph and emailing it to us at

Additional Resources

Regarding COVID-19

Patrick Dougherty (American, born 1945), Rough ‘n Tumble, 2020, cherry laurel, ligustrum, and sweet gum gathered from the Montgomery area

UPDATE | August 3, 2020

Unfortunately, we are must cancel this week’s first look at the Sculpture Garden for Museum members. Yesterday, we had our first staff member test positive for COVID-19. While the wheels are already moving at top speed to trace, notify, sanitize, and disinfect, it’s still going to take a some time to fully respond to this matter.

We thank you for your understanding and look forward to welcoming MMFA members back to the Sculpture Garden beginning Tuesday, August 11.

UPDATE | July 31, 2020

The Museum is pleased to announce that beginning Tuesday, August 4, Museum members are invited for a first look at the Caddell Sculpture Garden. The following week, on Tuesday, August 11, the Garden will open to all visitors.

What To Expect

  • During this initial phase of our reopening, only the Caddell Sculpture Garden will be accessible. While the entire Museum is not reopened, visitors will have access to the indoor restrooms.
  • Advanced reservations are not required; however, in order to allow for ample social distancing, the number of visitors at any one time will be limited.
  • To begin your visit, enter through the Sculpture Garden gatehouse.
  • The Museum will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM and Sunday from noon to 5 PM. There will be no evening hours on Thursdays.

For Your Safety

  • All Museum staff have their temperature taken each day and are required to wear masks.
  • All Museum visitors over the age of five are required to wear a mask or face covering during their visit.
  • Please stay at home if you are feeling ill or have been exposed to COVID-19 in the fourteen (14) days prior to your visit.
  • Following CDC and ADPH guidelines, we have increased the frequency that we clean and disinfect high-touch areas. Additionally, hand sanitizer will be available for visitors.
  • Social distancing is encouraged and indicated by signage throughout the Museum.
  • In order to limit touchpoints, water fountains have been disabled—so be sure to bring a personal water bottle to enjoy while in the Garden.

New Amenities

  • Garden furniture located under the bosque canopy—the ideal place to relax or enjoy a picnic.
  • Enhanced public WiFi signal—great for casual web browsing or getting a little work done remotely.

We’ll keep you posted with updates about an expanded re-opening as the conditions in our community allow us to determine a date to welcome you back to our galleries, replete with refreshed permanent collection galleries and all-new changing exhibitions. For now, though, be sure to keep connected with us via collections content and virtual programming available on our blogFacebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


UPDATE | May 22, 2020

The Museum remains closed. Staff is working in preparation to welcome visitors back when it is safe to do so. When a date is determined, we will share more information here. Until that time, we hope you visit our blog and follow us on social media for our latest online activities and videos.

Visit these links for more information about COVID-19 and resources from the City of Montgomery and the State of Alabama.



UPDATE | April 29, 2020

The safety of our community and the families that we serve continue to be our number one priority. As such, the Museum has preemptively cancelled all in-person programs and events through the end of the calendar year. We look forward to sharing new and innovative digital offerings that you can enjoy safely from home.



UPDATE | March 18, 2020

Dear Museum Community,

At the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, the well being of our community and the families that we serve is our number one priority. To do our part in minimizing the spread of COVID-19, the MMFA is closed until further notice. We have also decided to cancel or postpone all Museum programs and events through at least May 16, 2020, in line with public health officials’ recommendations on social distancing.

In the meantime, we will be looking at ways of providing virtual engagement that you can enjoy from home. For these activities as well as program and event changes, please check the website and follow along with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. All further program and operational changes will be announced through our regular channels, including our website and social media.

We are grateful for your support of the MMFA as we collectively address the challenges that the COVID-19 crisis will continue to bring. As we all work to contain this outbreak, the Museum extends its special appreciation to those in health care, medicine, research, and other fields bravely leading the frontline response. We encourage everyone to follow the recommendations of the CDC so that we can see you back at the MMFA very soon.

Angie Dodson



UPDATE | March 16, 2020

The safety of our community and the families that we serve is our number one priority. To do our part in minimizing the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Museum will be closed effective immediately (Monday, March 16) until further notice. All activities will be suspended until the Museum reopens. You can check back here for more updates as they become available.



UPDATE | March 13, 2020

Classes, Family Events, Exhibition Openings, Tours, and Private Programs and Events are Cancelled or Postponed

The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, as a City Department, has cancelled all events, tours, and meetings until further notice. This comes after this morning’s announcement by Mayor Steven Reed that all City of Montgomery sponsored events have been cancelled and all City venues have closed due to rising concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19). The Museum (other than the ArtWorks Gallery) will remain open during regular business hours.

Cancelled or closed galleries, tours, and classes

  • ArtWorks Children’s Interactive Gallery: Closed until further notice
  • All Scheduled Tours: No tours will be scheduled through the end of March
  • Advanced Placement Art History Classes: Cancelled until further notice
  • Afterschool Art at Mount Meigs DYS: Cancelled until further notice
  • Gallery Arts at Montgomery Therapeutic and Recreation Center: Cancelled until further notice
  • Learning Through Art at Wares Ferry Road Elementary School: Cancelled until further notice

Postponed events

  • Garden Opening on Thursday, March 19 Postponed until further notice

Cancelled individual events and programs

  • Vann Vocal on Saturday, March 14
  • Artful Yoga on Wednesday, March 18
  • See Me on Wednesday, March 18
  • Muses on Wednesdays, March 18 and March 25
  • The Museum’s Film Intro at the Capri on Wednesday, March 18
  • Antiquarians Meeting on Thursday, March 19
  • Earth’s Heart on Thursdays, March 19 and 26
  • Art After 5 on Thursday, March 19
  • Adult Printmaking on Saturday, March 21
  • Highlights Tour on Saturday, March 21
  • Montgomery Symphony Orchestra Performance on Sunday, March 22
  • Docent Training on Mondays, March 23 and March 30
  • Art Ed Central on Thursday, March 26
  • Art Talk on Thursday, March 26
  • Junior League Event on Friday, March 27
  • AAEA Teacher Workshop on Saturday, March 28
  • An Afternoon with Zelda on Sunday, March 29
  • Docent Council Meeting on Monday, March 30

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