A Message from the Education Department

I’m not sure what I can say about COVID-19 that hasn’t already been said. My emotional state is scattered as I navigate the new normal that was so quickly thrust upon us. How I squandered my last classes with my college students! There should have been cupcakes, and elbow bumps, and parting words. If I had known that sweet homeschool group would be my last tour at the museum for two months, I would have savored the moment a bit more than I did. I know all of you are faced with similar regrets. The world is a very different place than it was two weeks ago.

We in the Education Department at WMA miss our students. We miss seeing their eyes widen in wonder as they take in Dale Kennington’s The Debutants for the first time. We miss hearing them giggle as they look upon their newly created masterpiece with gleeful satisfaction. We miss their insanely loud footsteps on the stairs. (Seriously, they have tiny feet…why are they so loud?)

While we cannot see you right now, we want you to know that we are still here for you. Over the last two weeks, we’ve developed new ways to keep in touch and help you create. We now have a daily series of social media posts called Daily Art Break, with a different activity Monday through Friday to get your creative muscles moving. The Daily Art Breaks have already begun on Facebook and Instagram but beginning on April 13, the schedule will have a bit more structure:

Monday: We will feature our weekly blog post from The Educator’s Lair to start the week off right!

Tuesday: Bingo Day! We will feature a fun art themed bingo game to play at home.

Wednesday: We Create Wednesday! Join us at 10am as we walk you through a quick art project.

Thursday: Lunch and Learn: On Thursdays at noon we will discuss a piece on display at the museum and show you a quick related art project.

Friday: Free For All! We present an art challenge based on theme or medium and feature staff creations.

We also continue to add Lesson Plans to our Educator Resources section on the website and we will be working with the Executive Director to ensure you can experience what’s on display at WMA from the safety and comfort of your home.

 

I could list quote after quote about how art heals and connects us to one another but, if you are here reading my words, you already know that. We are connected through the arts right now and that bond cannot be broken. We’re still here for you and we can’t wait to see you at the museum again. Until that wonderful day,  let’s create something beautiful together!

Stay well!

Brook and Amanda

(In the photo: Caleb Nicholson and Maggie Dempsey with their masterpieces created on tour!)

Youth Art Education Policy

Outside of tours, family days, and open house events, individuals who are not enrolled in a class are not allowed in WMA classrooms except by written permission of the Executive Director. Parents may not join children in the classroom during instruction times in order to ensure an atmosphere conductive to creativity. It is important to limit the number of adults to keep the focus on the kids, their learning, and to accommodate limited seating in the studio. Parents are welcome to stay in the museum during class but must remain outside of the classroom during instruction time.

Museum educators are experienced in creating positive learning environments for all ages and are required to go through a background check to ensure the safety of our students. Parents and guardians are encouraged to visit the studio at the end of class to see what their child has created. All docents and volunteers working with children are also required to go through background checks.

Thank you for understanding our policy and priority on the safety and well-being of participating students.

Refund Policy

The Wiregrass Museum of Art may cancel any class with insufficient enrollment; students will be notified and given a full refund. If a student withdraws at least 1 week before the class begins, he/she will be refunded for the full cost of the class. If a student withdraws 24 hours before the class begins, he/she will be refunded for half the cost of the class. There are no refunds after the start date of class, and membership fees are nonrefundable. Students are not enrolled until complete payment is received.

Terms and Conditions

The Wiregrass Museum of Art reserves the right to photograph and reproduce chosen works publication, publicity, and educational purposes. Participation in this exhibition shall be an agreement on the part of the artist to these conditions. The museum reserves the right to exclude works submitted without appropriate preparation (documentation, mounting hardware, suitable frame/mat, etc.), or which are damaged or incomplete. The museum is not responsible for the safekeeping of any works left in its care ninety (90) days after the close of the exhibition.

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