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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, contructive 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! Class sizes are limited and a new semester starts soon!

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.

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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.

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Youth Art Month

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

2020 Youth Art Month Festival Schedule

The annual outdoor festival occurs on the second Saturday of March and incudes a day filled with art activities, demonstrations, teen talks, story time, food vendors, games, free admission to the museum and more, as well as the award ceremony for the annual Youth Art Month Student Competition, which will be on display in the Museum.

Each year we seek local artists, art educators to join us by leading an art activity or providing live demonstrations as well as invite High School service organizations to participate by volunteering for service hours.  

If you would like to be an art activity leader, demonstrator or volunteer at the Youth Art Month Festival, please contact nancy@themuseum.org or Download Participation Form here.

If you would like to be a Food Vendor, please use this FORM and return it to AMoA.

Rapides Parish Youth Art Month Juried Student Art Competition

Click Here for Guidelines and Entry Information

The Youth Art Month Competition was designed to showcase the talented students in our local schools.  Each year a themed competition is held for all K-12 students including students with special needs and homeschool students. Teachers are invited to submit their students' artwork that has been completed during the current school year.

Due to an overwhelming increase in submissions, AMoA hosts a Juried Student Art Competition with all entries submitted digitally and a final 50 pieces are selected for the competition. There are four award categories: K- 2nd grade, 3rd– 5th grade, 6th-8th grade, 9th-12th grade and each category is awarded a 1st Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place and one Honorable Mention awards. Awards are announced and presented during the Youth Art Month Festival. All competing artwork is available for public viewing at the Alexandria Museum of Art in March. Check with your teacher about entering the competition, click above for more information or contact nancy@themuseum.org.

2020 Youth Art Month Competition Schedule:

December 19, 2019       Call for Entries Opens - see guidelines on how to enter

February 5, 2020              Entry deadline

February 12, 2020            Acceptance Notifications

February 22, 2020            Delivery Deadline

March 6, 2020 6:00pm      Opening Reception

March 14, 2020                 Youth Art Month Festival at AMoA

March 6 - April 11, 2020    YAM Exhibition Dates at AMoA


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.



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