Above: Studio classes and workshops are available for artists of all ages and levels of experience.
The Learning + Programs Department offers on and off-site learning experiences, including an in-school artist in residence program, after-school art classes, and presentations to community groups and centers.
Community and Student Art Exhibitions
The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts is devoted to displaying artwork created by students from local school districts and summer youth programs. The MMFA calls for 3-5 student and community exhibitions each year inspired by the upcoming temporary exhibitions in our main galleries.
For more information about how to submit student work and this year’s exhibitions, see below.
Art Ed Central
Throughout the year the Museum partners with the Alabama Art Educators Association (AAEA) to host monthly professional development opportunities for art educators in the region. Teachers meet at the Museum for a private tour of an exhibition, after which they complete a related hands-on lesson in the Museum’s studio. Each lesson is designed not only as something for each teacher to implement in their classroom but to also inspire their own art-making and artistic expressions.
Carryout Creativity Kits
Teachers are encouraged to check out our fully stocked kits to help integrate visual arts into your classrooms. Lessons are available in relief printmaking, landscape watercolor painting, designing with Golden Spirals, and more. These kits are prepped with descriptive lesson plans and enough supplies to allow every student in your classroom to participate.
Kits are free and can be checked out on a two-week basis. Teachers must pick-up and return kits to the Museum.
For details on current themes and how to checkout Creativity Kits to share with your students, contact Emily Thomas at email@example.com or 334.625.4361.
Native American Lesson Plans
This classroom resource was created for use in social studies lessons, specifically in fourth and fifth grade. The Alabama Course of Study standards and objectives touch briefly on the rich and lengthy history of Native Americans in what is now the state of Alabama. The MMFA, with the help of Mvskoke tribe members, and state historians have created an interactive educators guide that provides more in depth, culturally relevant, and historically accurate information for teachers to supplement their lessons on Alabama history. With an emphasis on social studies and reading literacy each teacher who accesses this resource qualifies for a free set of grade level appropriate books on Native American history for their classroom.
The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts’ education department in collaboration with Montgomery Public Schools has created a number of videos for teachers in various grade levels to use in the classroom with their students.