Education Programs


ART ELEMENTS is an art education class for homeschool students in 2nd-12th grades that offers individual instruction, guidance, constructive critique and encouragement through age and skill appropriate activities, in a group setting. The class meets Wednesdays, 3:00-4:30pm and includes supplies, lesson plans and assignments for elementary, middle and high school students, focusing on the Elements of Art, Principles of Design and Visual Thinking Strategies over 14 class periods.

As students progress, instruction turns toward independent critical thinking and art making, with guidance, constructive critique and encouragement. All students are eligible to enter the annual Youth Art Month Juried Student Competition at AMoA in March.

The Instructor: Brenda Howell, retired RPSB Art Teacher

Mrs. Howell was an art teacher with the Rapides Parish School System for over 30 years and retired in 2019. Her approach with students is warm, open and supportive, always encouraging personal creativity and self-expression.

All materials are provided! Space is limited!

REGISTER NOW for Spring 2024!


Assemblage by Student

Visual Thinking Strategies


The Museum has partnered with the Rapides Parish School Board and Visual Understanding in Education, a separate 501(c)(3) organization, to introduce a new visual literacy program in our public schools and educators.  We are currently conducting pilot programs over three year period in one Title I elementary school. The Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) teaching method and curriculum centers on open-ended yet highly-structured discussions of visual art. VTS is supported in part by an Opportunity Grant from the Central Louisiana Community Foundation.

VTS with Criminal Justice
VTS at PES on PI

March is Youth Art Month across the nation and each year AMoA celebrates by hosting the Youth Art Month Student Art Competition and YAMDay.

The Youth Art Month Competition was designed to showcase the talented students in our local schools. All K-12 students in Rapides Parish are eligible to enter including traditional, virtual, homeschool, and special needs students. Not all entered works are accepted but are all juried and judged without distinguishing information other than grade level.

40-50 works will be selected to participate in the competition and to be on display at the Alexandria Museum of Art.

Outreach through Art Education - Camp Carter

Through Art Education Outreach, the Museum seeks to engage the community in activities that will enrich overall educational experiences in ways that cannot always be accomplished in the regular classroom. Many students who are challenged in the classroom often excel in art classes, and Camp Carter will allow students that attend Carter C. Raymond Elementary School in Lecompte, the opportunity. The overall experience for the camper is one that provides educational opportunities during the summer, builds self-esteem and confidence, aids in the development of social skills, promotes acceptance of others and allows them to experience success that will translate into other academic areas. This will be the 9th year for the program, the second (2nd) for the Alexandria Museum of Art as facilitators.

Art Educators from the Alexandria Museum of Art, with three (3) contracted professional teaching artists and/or art educators will conduct the 12 day camp which will reach approximately 60 at-risk students from this Title 1 school Rapides Parish. Additionally, three (3) college education students will assist the instructors as ‘counselors’ and (3) teens who will be rising seniors in high school from the Museum’s teen club, the Muse, will aid the counselors. The Alexandria Museum of Art is proud to partner with Louisiana Charities Trust, the Rapides Parish School Board, Louisiana State University and the faculty, staff and students of Carter C. Raymond Elementary School.

Educator's Guides & Lessons

The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education requires one hour of Visual Arts per week to be taught in the classroom, and the Alexandria Museum of Art is here to help you with that task. The educator's guides below provide teachers with classroom ready projects.