Video Lessons

Janelle Green, instructor of English at Auburn University, leads a lively lesson for middle school students that combines visual art with language arts.


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. If you would like to complete the projects and need a list of supplies used, please contact Education Assistant Brandy Morrison at or 334.625.4365.

Self-Taught Artists

Designed for All Ages | Led by Margaret Lynne Ausfeld

Listen and learn about some of Alabama’s most significant self-taught artists. Curator, Margaret Lynne Ausfeld, discusses the artists themselves and their impact on Alabama and beyond. Artists discussed in this video are Bill Traylor, Mose Tolliver, Thornton Dial Sr. and Jr., and Jimmy Lee Sudduth.

Recorded on September 2020

Celebrating Native American Heritage Month

Designed for Elementary School | Led by Tori Nicole Jackson

Follow along with artist Tori Nicole Jackson, descendent of the Mvskoke (also known as the Muscogee or Creek) Nation, while she teaches about Native American Heritage specific to the River Region. Students will learn about several customs and traditions including the Green Corn Festival and stomp dancing while creating their own stomp character using premade paper figures.

If you would like to receive the supplies for free, while supplies last, to complete the art activity in this lesson please contact Kaci Norman at

Recorded on November 2020

Creating a Self-Portrait

Designed for 3rd Grade | Led by Laura Bocquin

A self-portrait is a work of art depicting the artist who is creating it. Follow along with this video to enjoy making your own original self-portrait while learning how to place facial features proportionally, measuring with rulers.

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Recorded on June 2020

Printing History

Designed for 4th Grade | Led by Laura Bocquin

This fun-for-all lesson combines introductory printmaking with Alabama history, offering opportunities to explore our state’s historical landmarks and buildings. Choose one to research, and then create a relief print in its likeness.

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Recorded on May 2020

Becoming Alabama

Designed for 4th and 5th Grades | Led by Kaci Norman

Celebrate the great state of Alabama with this unique history tour using art. Move through the galleries and explore works in the collection that highlight important periods and events during the history of Alabama. At the end learn how to make your own version of Stars of Montgomery, our studio lesson that accompanies this tour.

Featured Works

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Recorded on June 2020

Golden Spiral

Designed for 5th to 8th Grade | Led by Laura Bocquin

Follow along with this pre-recorded lesson to engage students with visual art while learning about numerical sequencing! Create colorful collaged Golden Spirals using the Fibonacci Sequence, a mathematical compass, special graphed paper, and patterned papers. 

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Recorded on June 2020

Poetry and Art

Designed for Middle School | Led by Janelle Green with Laura Bocquin

Janelle Green, instructor of English at Auburn University, leads this lively lesson for middle school students, combining visual art with language arts. Focusing on ekphrasis, the detailed description of a visual work, and using the MMFA’s Red Fish as inspiration, Green skillfully demonstrates how a work of art can be used to write a poem that engages all five senses.

Featured Work

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Recorded on August 2020

Art History

Designed for High School | Led by Alice Novak

Take a walk through the galleries and connect to works of art from the 18 to 20th centuries, exploring what they reveal to us about the times in which they were created. We will consider representations of gender, the natural world, and narrative in art and feature paintings, a sculpture, a print, and a work of ceramics.

Featured Works

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Recorded on July 2020

Ubuhle Women

Designed for High School | Led by Elisabeth Palmer

Explore the beadwork made by a collective group of women in South Africa in the traveling exhibition Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence. We will learn about these women, their styles, and stories that show their remarkable, hard-working, and creative spirit.

Related Exhibition

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Recorded on October 2020

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