Community Days & Student Workshops

These free programs are created especially for local students and their families, and designed in conjunction with exhibition programming. The AMAM is committed to providing quality programming to increase student exposure to all aspects of the visual arts.

Spring 2014 Programs:

Community Day

Saturday, March 15, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Come explore, learn, and create at this special event for families. Staff and student docents will be on hand to help you with projects and take you on thematic tours of the museum. Staff and student docents will be on hand to help you with projects and take you on tours of the museum. Art-making activities will include stained-glass window making, kaleidoscope making, mystery bags, and snap paintings. Our new Family Self-Guides exploring the theme of Realism will be availble.

FAVA / AMAM Teen Workshop

"Drawing and Painting: Portfolio Development for Teens"

Drawing Studio, with Jean Kondo-Weigl
Mondays, 4:30-6:00pm, February 17 - April 21

Painting: Materials and Techniques, with Donna Coleman

Tuesdays, 4:30-6:00pm, February 18 - April 22

Applications for the class are due in to either FAVA or the AMAM no later than Monday, February 10 by 5PM.

The AMAM and the Firelands Association for the VIsual Arts (FAVA) are pleased to announce the return of the long-running FAVA/AMAM teen-workshop series. As promised, we’ve been working on a new and improved program that provides an enhanced learning experience for young aspiring artists. This rare opportunity for high school students offers even more than a typical course in drawing or painting. Students will study with first-class artist instructors who will provide guidance and training geared towards readiness for application to secondary art institutions and other art-related career paths.

Here’s what’s new:
    • Spots available for high-school aged students only

    • Classes will now meet for 10 weeks instead of 4, and will now occur on Mondays and Tuesdays after school hours.

    • While the class remains tuition-free for participants, students will be expected to pay a nominal materials fee of $35 for one 10-week class or $50 for both 10 week sections. If this fee poses a financial hardship for your family, please contact FAVA or the AMAM to inquire about scholarship assistance. (You can also download a copy of the scholarship form here)

    • Students are required to complete and submit an application to be considered for enrollment. Space is limited, and priority will be given to older students who are closer to graduation.

    • Students are encouraged to attend both classes on Mondays and Tuesdays, however a student will not be disqualified from enrollment if they cannot attend one of either days.

Mondays, Drawing Studio, with Jean Kondo-Weigl
February 17 - April 21, 4:30-6:00pm

This workshop will focus on the fundamental concepts and techniques in naturalistic drawing, or drawing from observation.  Students will execute numerous sketches, preliminary works and finished drawings and assemble a portfolio of works in a variety of mediums, including pencil, charcoal, conte crayon, soft pastel and India ink.  The workshop will include four subjects: still life arrangements, the human figure, interior spaces (with emphasis on linear perspective), and outdoor views.  Additionally, the workshop will investigate topics such as Form, Materials, Technique, Composition, Process, Expression and Critical Thinking.

Tuesdays,  Painting: Materials and Techniques, with Donna Coleman
February 18 - April 22, 4:30-6:00pm

Students will explore several different paint media - oil, egg tempera, and acrylic, as time permits, and study the unique qualities, science, techniques and processes of each. Students will stretch and prime a canvas for their oil painting, prepare a gesso ground on masonite for an egg tempera painting, examine color theory and the characteristics of a basic palette, learn about the chemical composition of various powdered pigments, and look at examples from art history. Students will work on several assigned projects and then choose their preferred medium for an independent expressive project. This class is designed for the beginning painter as well as the student with some previous painting experience.

Allen Memorial Art Museum Visit & Tour

Students of both sections are expected to attend a museum visit on Saturday, March 1, at the Allen Memorial Art Museum, from 1:00-3:00pm. The collection at the AMAM is an invaluable resource which will be utilized during the class. Admission to the museum is always free, and students will be encouraged to make regular visits to the AMAM as they conduct their coursework.

Closing Celebration

Students will share their work and experiences with families and friends at the closing of the semester’s course. This will be held on Friday, April 25, from 5:00-6:00pm. More details about the closing event will be provided later in the semester.

For more information, or to register, please contact the AMAM Education Department at (440) 775-8671, or, or James Peake, Educator at FAVA, at, or call (440) 774-7158.

Kids Summer Art Camp
August 18–22, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Kids ages 6 to 12 are invited to participate in the Summer Art Camp offered by the AMAM and FAVA. Artists from Oberlin and the region will lead hands-on sessions with a variety of materials and techniques. The camp will culminate with a reception and display of student work.

For more information or to register for the Teen Workshop or Summer Art Camp, please contact Curator of Education Jason Trimmer at 440-775-8671 or You may also contact FAVA Education Outreach Coordinator James Peake at or call 440-774-7158.


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