Mini Masters Academy introduces young children to new ideas through a thematic 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 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. Skills are also related to the real world and situations that children might encounter. Children learn to express their feelings and ideas as they talk about objects and works of art they see in the Museum. Mini Masters Academy  embraces a childcentered approach to learning and offers activities that build awareness through sensory experiences.

The school year begins on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 and continues through Thursday, May 23, 2019. The schedule is flexible as children may attend 2, 3 or 4 days a week. There is an optional afternoon program available for 3 and 4 year olds until 2 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Limit 10 children per day.

For more information about Mini Masters Academy’s Daily schedule and programming click All About Mini Masters.

For the application packet click 2018-19-Program Info and Registration Packet.

For more information contact Janet Hendricks

Mini Masters Academy offers Summer Enrichment Programs:

Click HERE for more information about and to register for Calling All Astronauts!

Click HERE for more information about and to register for Splatter, Spin & Spray: Making “Process” Art!