Jule Collins Smith Museum offering summer programs for students K-12

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art will offer three youth art programs for students in kindergarten through 12th grade, May 24 through Aug. 10.

ArtyPants begins Saturday, May 25, for kindergarten through second graders; stART! begins Saturday, May 25, for rising third- through sixth-graders; and State of Create begins Friday, May 24, for rising seventh- through 12th-graders. A City of Auburn K-12 Arts Education Outreach Grant and museum members support the free education programs.

“These drop-in studios are divided into age groups to help both students and educators work at the level of each student,” said Andrew Henley, the museum’s curator of education for K-12. “Students can come for any of the sessions. Of course, students will get the most benefit if they come to all of them but it is not a requirement. Each session is edifying on its own.”

Henley said that in addition to hands-on art activities, some of the sessions have educational components that relate to the works of art on view at the museum. Each project includes some historical background that could be as simple as including an image of WPA murals or a print by Albrecht Durer using a grid method. Sometimes the art history instruction comes from a reaction to a student’s work of art that is reminiscent of a particular artist or artistic style.

ArtyPants sessions are from 10-11:30 a.m. on Saturdays; stART! is from 12:30-2 p.m. on Saturdays; and State of Create is from 1-2:30 p.m. on Fridays. No sessions will be held on Friday, July 5, or Saturday, July 6. For more information about dates and topics for each session, go to the website at www.jcsm.auburn.edu/programs.

Class sizes are limited, so advance registration is encouraged via the museum’s website at www.jcsm.auburn.edu/programs. Parents are encouraged to stay for the sessions and should register only the number of youths attending the program for tickets. For assistance, contact the museum at (334) 844-3486.

(Contributed by Charlotte Hendrix.)

Charlotte Hendrix, Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, (334) 844-7075 (charlotte.hendrix@auburn.edu), or Mike Clardy, Office of Communications and Marketing, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)