WMA launches Educator’s Lair blog

Online platform aims to help K-12 teachers meet state art standards in the classroom

DOTHAN, Alabama – October 1, 2019 – The Wiregrass Museum of Art (WMA) is pleased to announce the launch of the Educator’s Lair, an online platform that serves as a resource for all K-12 educators. The blog, created by WMA’s education department, will help Alabama educators execute best practices for art activities in the classroom, provide ideas for source materials, and answer questions submitted by educators. It is intended to be a resource for teachers of all subject matters who use art as a teaching tool across the curriculum

Beginning October 1, five posts will be available on the blog, with topics ranging from how to teach a lesson on optical art to how to create a no-mess glue sponge for younger students. WMA educators also introduce themselves in a video post to explain the structure and purpose of the blog.

WMA’s educators plan to update the blog with new content each Monday. Teachers are invited to submit questions and requests for posts by emailing them to education@wiregrassmuseum.org.

“WMA has always provided resources for teachers, students, and school systems in the Wiregrass area. As part of WMA’s partnership with Dothan City Schools this year, and with the restructuring in mind, we wanted to make sure that we were providing resources that our area teachers needed,” said Dana-Marie Lemmer, WMA’s executive director and curator.

Since 2017, WMA has offered online lesson plans based on works from the museum’s permanent collection. Housed on WMA’s website, the lesson plans are accessible at no cost to educators, and can be used for planning as well as in-class instruction. The lessons cover subject matter appropriate for K-12 students and teach concepts as wide-ranging as science, math, social studies, and language arts.

There are currently 12 lessons available online, with the launch of eight more this month. Each lesson meets several art standards set by the Alabama Board of Education, which are listed in the lesson descriptions to make planning easier for teachers.

“It is important that WMA provide opportunities that address art education standards, but it is also possible for us to provide cross-curricular lesson plans and ideas for teachers in our area. Art is a great way to learn about other subjects, and is a tool for students to develop communication, problem solving, and team building skills that they will need in the workplace,” said Lemmer.

All public schools in Alabama must meet state art standards, including those without formal art programs or teachers certified in art education. WMA’s educators hope that the combination of the Educator’s Lair and the existing online lesson plans will be a useful resource for teachers looking for new ideas and techniques to make classroom instruction more engaging and productive for their students

About the Wiregrass Museum of Art

The Wiregrass Museum of Art inspires a lifelong appreciation for the visual arts by providing innovative educational programs that engage diverse audiences through the collection and exhibition of quality works. Since its founding in 1988, WMA has offered educational programs, nationally-acclaimed art exhibitions and community events throughout the year. Its Board of Trustees guides the long-term vision and strategic goals, while its membership, City and County support, and grant funding provide the resources needed to fulfill its mission.

WMA’s galleries are open to the public every Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. General admission is always free. Private tours with guided art activities in the studio can be arranged by appointment on Mondays and Tuesdays. For tour information, visit wiregrassmuseum.org/museum-tours.


Lara Kosolapoff-Wright
Communications Manager, WMA
334.794.3871 x 27

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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Mask Policy

WMA asks that all campers ages 5 and up wear a mask during their museum visit, including classes and camps. If you don’t have a mask, we can provide one for you. Exceptions can be made for those with documented respiratory or sensory issues. We thank you for protecting your fellow visitors and our staff!

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