End of Semester Recap, and A Look Ahead

We’ve had a great Fall semester at the Amarillo Museum of Art! Over the course of 8 weeks, students ages 4-12 mastered hand-building skills in Clay class, and created vibrant artworks with mixed media techniques in Museum School.

In October, the large-scale photographic collages of Chris Jordan were installed on the first and second floors. These works ignite conversation about the ‘waste streams’ generated by American culture and consumerism, making them a top-notch topic on tours. Additionally, in the third floor gallery are AMoA’s New Acquisitions. This collection is unique in that many of the collected pieces incorporate light as a design element, and simultaneously have a connection to the Amarillo area.

Schools from all over the Panhandle have traveled to the museum to tour three floors of gallery space, and immerse themselves in related hands-on art projects. Through the efforts of our education department, and docents, we have had the opportunity to serve over 900 students with tours, and outreach programs throughout the Panhandle this season! Thank you to all the groups that visited, and invited us into your classrooms. There were too many of you to name, but we enjoyed every last one of you!

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We believe that doors and opportunities are opened as children become excited about art! We truly appreciate all who provide financial support in our community – without these businesses, individuals, and foundations, the AMoA would not be able to develop and extend programs that make the experience of art accessible to so many in our region.

We look forward to bright possibilities as we continue to expand our educational programming, and build relationships with area schools. For more information about tours and outreach, visit our website amarilloart.org.

Coming Soon…

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This Spring, our schedule features 8 week technical classes, and a few new offerings… 3 week ‘Creative Clubs’,  a ‘One Day Fun Day’ that coincides with AISD’s early release date in February, and a Mother’s Day activity.

8 Week Classes:
(will not meet the week of March 14-18 due to Spring Break)

  • Drawing & Painting (Ages 6-11)
    Tuesdays, February 2 – March 29, 4:00-5:15pm
    Teachers: Julie Talley & Caitie Quezada
    Members $72 * Nonmembers $80
    In this popular class, students will explore color, pattern, line, shape, light and shadow while using a variety of media. This class may be taken more than once as projects are not repeated and students can expand their skills. 
  • Clay (Ages 6-11)
    Wednesdays, February 3- March 30, 4:00-5:15pm
    Teacher: Carol Snelson
    Members $72 * Nonmembers $80
    Squish it, coil it, roll it and throw it! This fun, creative class introduces children to the endless possibilities of clay. Students will create their own unique ceramic pieces using innovative yet simple techniques such as hand-building, glazing and surface texture decoration.
  • Art Adventure (Ages 4-5)
    Session 1: Wednesdays, February 3 – March 30, 4:00-5:00pm
    Session 2: Thursdays, February 4 – March 31, 1:45-2:45pm
    Teachers: Julie Talley & Caitie Quezada
    Members $63 * Nonmembers $70
    Explore! Experiment! Experience! This introduction to materials and methods is the perfect first art class. Children will learn about color, shape, texture, and line through painting, drawing, clay, collage and printmaking.

    Creative Clubs
    3 Week Classes:
    Members $27 * Nonmembers $30

    These three week sessions explore drawing, painting, mixed media, sculpture, and design as students learn how to look at, talk about and create art. Classes are offered three Fridays in a row.

  • Central and South American Adventure (Ages 6-9)
    Classes meet February 26, March 4, and March 11 at 4:00-5:15pm
    Teacher: Julie Talley
    Bask in bold, exciting color as you discover art from Central and South America! Learn about different countries and cultures as you create beautiful artworks to take home!
  • Keepin’ it Surreal (Ages 8-12)
    Classes meet April 8, April 15, and April 22 at 4:00-5:15pm
    Teacher: Caitie Quezada
    Explore the dream-like paintings of Marc Chagall, Rene Magritte, Joan Miro, and Salvador Dali as you look closely at floating figures, melting landscapes, and mysterious symbols of Surrealist art. Students will create their own interpretations through a variety of media and techniques including painting, drawing, and collage.

    One Day Fun Day:
    $15 / child

  • Artist Studio : Modern Art (Ages 6-11)
    Friday, February 19th (AISD Early Release Day)
    1:00-3:30pm
    Discover the artwork of famous Modern Artists as you create four different works of art.

    Mother’s Day Masterpieces:
    $15 / child

  • Saturday, April 30th
    1:00-2:30pm
    Come to the museum to make a gift she will treasure – a portrait of you! Explore the facial expressions and techniques as you create a self portrait using a variety of media and styles.

    To sign up for classes, call us at 806-371-5050

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