Learning Pod Programs
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Enhance your child’s learning with high-quality art education available online or in-person for private groups of 10 or fewer.  
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Homeschool and Learning Pod programs at MAM are aligned with the New Jersey Student Learning Standards adopted in 2020. Gallery tours encourage “reading” an artwork and making observations. Students interpret, analyze, and make meaning through dialogue, cultivate an appreciation for traditional art through contemporary artforms, and make connections to their lived experiences. In the studio, students generate, conceptualize, and develop creative ideas, use the foundations of art and their personal experience to make art, and reflect on their work.
Virtual Homeschool Days

Third Thursday of the month

1–2:30 p.m.

Join us for a virtual tour of Montclair Art Museum, right from your home, followed by an art-making studio workshop led by our talented teaching artists over the Zoom platform. Our participatory tours encourage interaction, as students are guided to make observations while looking closely at artwork on view in current exhibitions using 3D imagery of museum galleries. Students will then have fun making their own art inspired by the works on view in a live lesson guided by a MAM art educator. Meet friends in our virtual classroom, or make new friends, and enjoy being creative together!

Families will need to have a computer, tablet or phone with internet and access to Zoom, and will receive an email confirmation with the event link after registration. Participants will also need to provide their own materials, which will be listed on our website in advance. Registration includes free admission to visit the Museum in-person following the lesson, at your own convenience.

$8 members/$12 nonmember per family

 

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In-Person Learning Pod Programs

Enjoy a Museum field trip with your pod or home learning group for private guided gallery tours and studio art classes. Schedule a session with a MAM art educator at your convenience based on your children’s interests and needs. All in-person classes are limited to 10 or fewer participants and must include at least one adult. All participants must adhere to MAM’s Covid-19 guidelines including mask-wearing.

Choose from the options below, including Art Outdoors, Gallery/Studio, and Ceramics programs, then submit a program request form. We'll get in touch with you to as soon as possible.

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A child and her mother are looking at Federico Uribe's coral reef installation. The mother is pointing to something. The child is looking at where she is pointing.
Art Outdoors

Explore Museum grounds and learn new drawing techniques in our new outdoor pod learning experiences. Each 1-hour long class is led by a MAM teaching artist with all materials provided. Registration includes free admission to visit Museum galleries in-person following the lesson, at your own convenience. Classes will be rescheduled in the case of inclement weather

$200/pod

Available Fridays 11 a.m.–12 p.m., 12:30–1:30 p.m., 2–3 p.m., 3:30–4:30 p.m

 

Choose from the following options or schedule a series of all 4 classes, so your children can experiment with a variety of media including graphite, watercolor pencil, and pastel.

  • Architectural Drawing: Learn linear perspective and compositional arrangement while focusing on the Museum façade. 

  • Objects in Environments: Learn rendering techniques to depict objects in space while drawing from sculptures on Museum grounds.    

  • Figure Drawing: Students take turn modeling for each other and practice rendering gestures and proportion to convincingly draw the human form.

  • Nature Drawing: Capture details from nature and the changing seasons through close observational drawing of plant life and other elements of the natural world. 

Gallery/Studio Programs

Gallery Tour and Studio Program 

Enjoy a guided gallery tour of Museum exhibitions with one of our knowledgeable docents followed by an art-making workshop with a MAM art educator, for an in-depth 1 ½ hour creative experience. Our participatory tours encourage interaction, as students are guided to make observations while looking closely at artwork in current exhibitions. Students will then have fun in our studio making their own art inspired by the works on view. Choose from one of the thematic options below, or schedule a series of 4 visits so your children experiment with a variety of materials and techniques. 

$275/pod

Available Fridays 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m., 12:30–2 p.m., 2–3:30 p.m., 3:30–5 p.m.

 

Studio Only

Get creative with a 1-hour art-making workshop with a MAM art educator, and receive free admission to visit Museum galleries at your own convenience following the lesson. Choose from one of the thematic options below, or schedule a series of 4 classes so your children experiment with a variety of materials and techniques. 

$250/pod

Available Fridays 9:30–10:30 a.m., 11 a.m.–12 p.m., 12:30–1:30 p.m., 2–3 p.m., 3:30–4:30 p.m.

Choose from one of the following themes:

Color, Shape & Line (Preschool through grade 1 only)

Calling all museum detectives! Investigate works of art from different times and places to discover how artists utilize the building blocks of art.

Using Your Senses (Preschool through grade 1 only)

Get a unique, multisensory perspective as you experience art through your eyes, ears, and body.

Celebrating Many Voices

This class celebrates the work of established and emerging artists who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color and who use their art to highlight issues of social justice. Tour discussions will delve into topics such as racism, immigration, and challenges faced by Native people. 

Eco Art 

Take a walk on the wild side with a class focused on sustainability, climate change, and animals in art—including a site-specific installation of animal sculptures and habitats made from recycled materials by the artist Federico Uribe.

The First Americans

Younger students explore Native American art, culture, and history—from ancient times through today. Older students learn how Native arts have evolved across vast regions of North America in response to social and political change, from earliest times to the present.

Facetime: Exploring Portraits

Who is that person in the painting? What clues can you find about their interests, status, or personality? Discover how artists depict people, from yesterday to today, through paintings, photography, and in some cases, sculptures.

Places & Spaces: Landscapes in American Art

Discover the many different ways artists engage with the evolving American landscape and built environment— from traditional landscape paintings to contemporary art.

Ceramics Hand-building: 4 week mini-course

Students explore the tactile art of hand-building with clay, learning the proper use of tools, sculpting techniques, surface design and glazing. All projects are kiln fired and will be cherished for years to come! 

Available for pods of up to 6 kids with 1 adult present. One hour class meets 4 times in the ceramics studio. Includes glazing and firing. Registration includes free admission to visit Museum galleries in-person following the lesson, at your own convenience.

$990/pod

Available Tuesdays 10-11 a.m., Wednesdays 2:30-3:30 p.m. and 4-5 p.m., Fridays 2:30-3:30 p.m.

 

PLEASE NOTE

Please make reservation request at least 3 weeks in advance of desired date. Your registration will be confirmed with submission of payment, and is based on availability.