The Georgia Museum of Art offers not only children’s programming, but also a slate of programs for patrons of all ages, geared to both academic and nonacademic audiences and all designed to promote learning and a love of art. Visit our calendar for a current list of all events and programs.
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.
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:
Bring the museum to your classroom! The docents of the Georgia Museum of Art have created a traveling tour for elementary schools in the Athens area. This presentation was inspired by Alfred Heber Holbrook who took his collection of 19th- and 20th-century paintings throughout Georgia in his “Artmobile” and shared these works with schools and communities around the state. The paintings from Mr. Holbrook's collection form the core of the Georgia Museum of Art's permanent collection. The Suitcase Tour is designed for students in grades K-3 and features the works of five artists from the permanent collection. Through a discussion of these paintings and related hands-on activities, students will learn about the elements of art and gain a better understanding of how to look and talk about art. Follow-up activities and information about the museum are also included with this tour. These 50-minute presentations are free and limited to 30 students per presentation. For more information and to schedule a Suitcase Tour, please contact the education department at the Georgia Museum of Art at 706.542.4662.
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 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.
Senior Outreach Program
Diane Barret, Ed.D., project director, works with museum staff, instructor Toni Carlucci, and student volunteers to serve senior citizen centers and nursing homes in Athens-Clarke, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Elbert and Green counties. These programs comprise three components: an introductory slide presentation, a museum visit and a hands-on activity.
Looking for someone to speak in your community? The Georgia Museum of Art has a speakers bureau consisting of members of its Board of Advisors and staff. Speakers can give free presentations to your organization that detail the history and contemporary doings of the museum, including the story of its founding, information on community programs and upcoming exhibitions. Contact us at 706.542.4662 for more information or to schedule a talk.