Education Programs

ART ELEMENTS for Homeschoolers

Art Elements is an on-going art education class for Homeschool students in 1st-12th grades that offers individual instruction, guidance, constructive critique and encouragement through age and skill appropriate activities, in a group setting. Scaffolded lessons will focus on the Elements of Art and Principles of Design during each semester, over a total of 14 class periods.

REGISTER NOW for SPRING 2021 Semester!

For more information, contact nancy@themuseum.org.

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.

Youth Art Month in Rapides Parish

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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. All entered works must represent the theme of Art Connects Us. 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.

Works may be submitted by teachers, parents or high school students on their own behalf and are juried/judged in each grade level.

Works are judged in each grade level, K-12. Each grade level will be awarded a First, Second and Third Place and Honorable Mention. All awarded works will be featured on the AMoA website and social media. One Viewer's Choice Award will be voted on by visitors at the Member Preview Reception and throughout YAMDay activities on March 6.

Download/Print  2021 YAM Competition Guidelines

For more information, please contact nancy@themuseum.org.

2021 Youth Art Month Competition Schedule:

Entry deadline:                                           February 2, 2021
Acceptance to compete notifications:        February 10, 2021 by 5:00pm
Deadline for delivery of accepted works:   February 19, 2021 by 5:00pm
Members Preview Reception:                    Friday, March 5, 2021 at 6:00pm
YAM Exhibition Dates:                               Saturday, March 6 - April 10, 2021
YAMDay and Awards:                                Saturday, March 6

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.