The arts offer opportunities for thinking, planning, experimenting… and rethinking when projects don’t turn out as planned. The skills that art-making teaches can be applied to just about any endeavor. Many students learn best through hands-on projects and retain fond memories of field trips or guest educators that give them the opportunity to express themselves in new ways. The Museum’s ArtReach; Have Art, Will Travel; and Museums in the Museum! programs use fine arts as a curricular bridge to culture, language arts, science and history.
Childrens’ Programs Open During Construction
Saw. Hammer. Bang! The Museum will be undergoing a facelift this fall and winter, but that doesn’t mean that its programs for children will stop. While we won’t be hosting ArtReach field trip groups between October 1 and early spring, we will still be offering Have Art, Will Travel; Family Art Days, Portfolio Night; 2020 Student Art Exhibitions; and our signature Cross- Curricular Program, Museums in the Museum! (Note that it will be possible to book ArtReach field trips during the month of September.) Contact Director of Children’s Education and Community Programs, Constance Del Nero, at email@example.com for bookings or information.
ArtReach and its sister programs, Have Art, Will Travel and Museums in the Museum!, are supported by a generous grant from the Mid-Shore Community Foundation.
Have Art, Will Travel!
During construction, let the Museum come to you! Three years ago, the Museum initiated a new program, Have Art, Will Travel, which allows a Museum instructor to bring a work from the permanent collection to area schools, discuss the work with students, and then engage them in a related art project.
Students have learned about seasonal changes, fables and fantasy creatures, clay vessels, flowers and bees, and design elements through Have Art, Will Travel. They have explored printmaking, drawing, painting, using air-dry clay, and collaging techniques right in their classrooms. Over 1,800 students have taken part in Have Art, Will Travel so far.
Museums in the Museum!
The Museum in the Museum! program teaches children how a museum functions, asks them to consider what their ideal museum would look like, and helps them create their own miniature “museum” in a diorama box. After students have completed their “museums,” they transport them to the Academy Art Museum, where their works remain on view during a celebratory pizza party that rewards them for a job well done. The project hones students’ visual art, language arts, and research skills. So far, students from Choptank Elementary, Maple Elementary, Hurlock Elementary, Vienna Elementary, Warwick Elementary (Dorchester County) and Saints Peter and Paul (Talbot County) have participated. In 2017, the Museum introduced a new streamlined version of the program designed to dovetail more easily with students’ regular curriculum. During one 2019 pizza party, numerous students and teachers could be overheard proclaiming Museums in the Museum! the best extra-curricular experience ever. Teachers shared that they had never seen their students so engaged as when they were working on their “museums.”
ArtReach is supported in part by a generous grant from the Mid-Shore Community Foundation.