Registration Open for the 2023-2024 School Year
Fostering creative and independent thinking, self-expression, art appreciation, and a love of learning
Mini Masters, a program of The Academy Art Museum, offers an Early Enrichment Program for children ages 2–4. Our museum-based curriculum blends exploration of art with basic principles of early learning. In addition to general monthly themes, we implement an emergent curriculum whereby topics are explored as they relate to children’s interests. We have a mixed-age classroom that provides an environment for fostering community and encouraging developmental and academic milestones.
We introduce young children to new ideas through a thematic and inquiry-based approach to learning that emphasizes relationships and the ability to make meaningful connections. It teaches a basic life skill—how to learn—and focuses on strategies and techniques that can be applied to almost any encounter with the unknown. The focus is not on acquiring facts or information but rather on the process of learning through inquiry and sensory exploration of objects. It is through this process that children are empowered to make ideas their own.
The rich resources of the Academy Art Museum offer a wonderful venue for teaching these sensory explorations. The resources come in many forms, from artwork to museum professionals. The focus might be a single piece of art within a collection, an entire exhibition, or a visiting artist or musician.
Children’s literature, objects, and visual images are the key elements of almost every experience. Activities are planned to encourage discussion and increase vocabulary. The curriculum offers a wide range of possibilities and introduces, develops, and ties together individual skills in a meaningful way.
Mini Masters Academy offers the basics in early learning with a focus on the arts. Using a multi-sensory, child-centered and inquiry-based approach, we foster creative and independent thinking, self-expression, art appreciation, and a love of learning.
Mini Masters Schedule & Enrollment
September 11, 2023 - May 16, 2024
8:45- Free play/student arrival
9:00- Tabletop activities
10:30- Circle time
12:00- Free play
* Closed on the following holidays
October 23 – October 27: AAM Craft Show
November 9: Waterfowl
November 22 – November 24: Thanksgiving Break
December 18 – January 1: Holiday Break
January 15: Martin Luther King Day
February 19: President’s Day
March 11 – March 14: Spring Break
March 29 – April 1: Easter Break
Enrollment for the 2023 – 2024 school year is currently being accepted. If you are interested in enrolling for the remainder of the 2022 – 2023 school year, we still have some spots open. Please call or email the Academy Art Museum at (410) 822- 2787 or Taylor McLaughlin at TMcLaughlin@academyartmuseum.org for questions or to set up a visit day.