Art for Everyone
The Georgia Museum of Art provides a variety of children’s programs, including the below. For a listing of our children’s and family events, please click here.
These free monthly programs for families include a gallery activity and tour of an exhibition followed by a hands-on art activity in the classroom. The program is designed to educate families about exhibitions on view at the museum and acquaint them with the world of fine art. Family Day programs are sponsored by Heyward Allen Motor Co., Inc., Heyward Allen Toyota and the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art. Please call the education department at 706.542.4662 to be added to our email list geared to families.
The Georgia Museum of Art welcomes and serves K-12 school groups from near and far with interpretive programs based on its exhibitions and collections and geared to Georgia Performance Standards. Tours are age-appropriate and feature gallery and studio activities.
Through Adopt-a-Bus, you can provide funding for bus transportation to the museum for school groups outside Athens-Clarke County. The program is a key component of the museum's statewide service. Adopt-a-Bus is specially targeted to rural schools, many of which have limited resources and would otherwise be unable to visit their state museum of art in its splendid new facility.
Your gift of $250 will underwrite one or more bus trips to the Georgia Museum of Art and is entirely tax deductible. The museum will acknowledge your support of Adopt-a-Bus in its quarterly newsletter, Facet.
Schools interested in taking advantage of the program should contact the museum at 706.542.4662. Individuals wishing to donate to the program should contact the museum at 706.542.4662 or donate online by clicking below:
Families and children may check out a backpack full of supplies and activities that will enhance their walk through the museum with kid-oriented and educational elements. Backpack tours are free for visitors to the museum.
Inside every pack, four folders contain the materials necessary to complete an activity relating to a work of art or artist in the museum’s permanent collection. Visitors should request a backpack at the front desk of the museum before entering the galleries. Have fun!
Just My Imagination
Just My Imagination is an exciting way for groups to discover their creativity and learn from local artists who represent the best that Georgia has to offer. Available free of charge to community centers and libraries in Georgia, these workshops are designed to provide participants with a meaningful exploration into the imaginative side of art at your own location. Your organization may host any one of the four workshops developed to give individuals a basic foundation from which they can build their skills long after the class has ended for ongoing activity and enjoyment.
Just My Imagination workshops are recommended for children ages 7 to 14 and are usually held on Saturdays. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. This program is sponsored by the Turner Family Foundation in memory of Nancy C. Turner.
Below is a list of the workshops we currently offer.
Watercolors from Apples to Zebras
This workshop allows individuals to have hands-on experience with watercolors. After a demonstration of techniques and examples, each group member has the opportunity to sketch, complete a contour drawing and paint a simple still life. Participants then use these new skills to paint a more complex still life. Students also learn the secrets to painting animals.
Printmaking and Ink Painting
Through printmaking and sumi-e painting, learn how to make drawings in ink, creating work to share with family and friends. Using a variety of brushstrokes and blending with water, master the look of watercolor with pure black ink on paper. Participants obtain the knowledge and skills necessary to create cards and gifts using everyday materials and simple techniques that can be continued long after the workshop has ended.
Furry, Fluffy, Felt Fun
For hundreds of years, wool fibers have been made into hats, jackets, boots and even homes. In this workshop, students will learn the basic steps to making felt. Using hand-dyed wool, participants will design and make their own objects from felt. Students may create small wall hangings, secret pouches, small purses, medallions and other jewelry.
Drawing Plants, Flowers and Other Natural Objects
Have you ever looked at a flower and wished you could capture it in art? Well, now you can. Learn some of the secrets to drawing plants, flowers and other natural objects using techniques that are fun, effective and easy to practice at home. This workshop is ideal for those who believe they cannot draw and for those who would like to enhance their drawing skills.