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.

Fall 2014 Programs:

FAVA / AMAM Workshop: Painting Portfolio Development for Teens

Painting: Materials and Techniques, with Donna Coleman
*UPDATED: Mondays, 4:30-6:00pm, September 29 through December 8
Classes will be held at FAVA (39 South Main Street)

Applications for the class are due in to either FAVA or the AMAM no later than Monday, September 22 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 11 weeks instead of 4, and will occur on Mondays 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 11-week class. 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.

Painting: Materials and Techniques, with Donna Coleman
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.

Friday, October 17, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
East Gallery

When school is out, learning is in! Held each year on the Northeast Ohio Education Association's professional development day, this event for primary school learners and their families is designed for visitors to explore, learn, and create. AMAM Staff and student docents will be on hand to help you with art-making projects and can take you on thematic tours of the museum. This year's event will emphasize the museum's year-long theme of "The Americas."

Dia de los Muertos Celebration
Saturday, November 1, 11am - 3pm
East Gallery

The AMAM offers craft activities and altar-making in celebration of the Day of the Dead, a holiday observed in Mexico and other Latin American countries. In conjunction with Oberlin College's La Casa Hispanica, this event celebrates the holiday in which offerings of food, flowers, and personal items are traditionally placed on altars in memory of loved ones. Vannessa Peláez-Barrios, faculty-in-residence at Spanish House, will give a short talk on the history of Dia de los Muertos.


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