STMA’s Arts Outreach Programs
For more information about our education and outreach programs or to schedule a visit to STMA, please contact our Arts Outreach Coordinator, Amy Smoler, at 706-342-7557 or by e-mail at email@example.com
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The Art$mart Project
The Art$mart Project is the overarching arts education outreach project which focuses, in part, on the goal of “making art make money,” & is made up of three education modules: Creative Teens Earning Green (CTEG) at the Crossroads Alternative School, A Day @ STMA field trip & art experience at the Museum, & College Connections for aspiring artists majoring in Studio Arts at the post secondary level, also held at the Museum. The common threads running through these 3 modules of The Art$mart Project are all inspired by the work & career of Steffen Thomas: 1) unique artistic vision; 2) strong work ethic; 3) the belief in oneself & a drive to succeed; 4) the ability to market one’s art & make a living; 5) to have a positive impact on society. These threads are woven together to form the fabric of The Art$mart Project, in which students learn the many ways their creative endeavors enrich their own lives & the lives of others, & which can possibly be pursued to the degree of becoming a professional in a creative field. The project began September 2014 & involved over 825 students. We estimate the project will reach approximately 86,529 participating students and audience members in one calendar year. The project was made possible through various foundation grants and donors, including Georgia Council for the Arts and National Endowment for the Arts.
Creative Teens Earning Green (CTEG) is in collaboration with Morgan County's Crossroads Alternative School, STMA brings local artists and instructors to engage students in weekly art programming that would be missing from their curriculum otherwise. A large part of the program encourages students to sell work that they make, involving many in art festivals and markets each year. STMA and Crossroads also partner with local organizations in the community for which students create collaborative public art installations.
This 2015-2016 school year, the Crossroads students explored new mediums and created works including origami, collage, sculpture, drawing, painting, & graphic design. In addition to their weekly individual art projects, under the guidance of STMA instructors Elizabeth Collins and Chuck Haynes, a special emphasis was made this semester on two collaborative art projects. First, students worked together to create a mixed media sculpture piece to be displayed at the A-Flat student exhibition (A Funky Little Art Thing) shown the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center. During the second half of the semester, the students worked on a second collaborative sculpture which is now permanently displayed at The Caring Place, a local food bank located in Madison, Georgia. The students helped to unveil the sculpture at their end of the year celebration, held this year at the Caring Place, where they received certificates and cash awards for their accomplishments.
For the 2014-15 school year, the students at Crossroads School created numerous works including pottery, drawing, painting, fish prints, sculpture, collage, & graphic design. In addition to these weekly projects, students worked on a Group Assignment under the guidance of an Artist Mentor & their two STMA art teachers, Elizabeth Collins and Chuck Hanes. Students worked with local sculptor Blue Chilton to create a sculpture made from recycled metal for the Humane Society of Morgan County’s new visitation garden. In February, students visited Blue’s studio, where they were introduced to his work & process, many of which included welded animal sculptures. Students worked in small groups on three sections of their sculpture throughout the semester at Crossroads that would later be welded together: A dog, a mouse, & a cat that ate a bird. The project’s three group leaders returned to Blue’s studio, where they learned to weld. Students helped install the sculpture & attended the unveiling at the end of the semester Awards Ceremony, where they received certificates & cash awards. Throughout the year, students sold artwork in the Museum gift shop and the Madison Arts Guild Gallery (MAGallery), & many participated in local art festivals & markets. STMA bought this year’s Purchase Award made by Brandon Reda, which sold in the museum’s gift shop!
We thank all our sponsors as well as staff and volunteers that helped make this year a success!
CTEG is supported in part by generous support and grants from the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta – Morgan Fund; Conrads Family Fund; CR Bard Foundation; DreamTeam Technologies, Inc; The Georgia Council for the Arts; Georgia Power Foundation; HouseSmart; Morgan County Citizen; Smith Communications, Inc.; Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation.
MAY 2016: Student Awards Reception and Collaborative Sculpture Unveiling at the Caring Place
DECEMBER 2015: Student Awards Reception at MAGallery
NOVEMBER 2015: Guest Artist Garry Adams & Aluminum Can Creations!
OCTOBER 2015: Clay pieces & ornaments (to be exhibited for sale at MAGallery)
SEPTEMBER 2015: CTEG goes INSIDE OUT in downtown Madison
(more information on this project available here)
AUGUST 2015: Leaf Painting/Printing
Spring Semester 2015
MAY 2015: CTEG Awards Ceremony at the Morgan Humane Society
APRIL 2015: STMA receives featured article in Morgan Citizen for Crossroads project:
Led by our staff, trained docents, visiting artists, & STMA Board Members, A Day @ STMA hosted 760 students this year for an informative & fun field trip tour of the museum. Students in 2nd – 12th grades from Morgan, Putnam, Greene, & Oconee counties arrived in groups of 20-50 per visit & stayed from 1.5 to 2 hours. Students are given a brief history of the artist, Steffen Thomas, and a short Q&A about museum etiquette. Students are divided into small groups & docents guide them on a 30-minute tour of the museum galleries. Throughout the tour, docents place special emphasis on the particular artistic technique that students would use as inspiration for their "make & take" art projects following the tour. A Day @ STMA has increased the opportunity for rural school children to visit the museum, many of whom have never been to an art museum before.
2015-2016 A Day @ STMA
Exploring collage & abstract portraits
This year’s “make & take” art project is inspired by Thomas’ abstract portraits and mixed media collage in his works. In the fall semester, students were also inspired by Susan Pelham's collage work (on view through October). We adapted the project to fit the time constraints of the field trip and the varying ages & abilities of the participants. Students were given 11" x 14" mat board to glue various recycled materials onto and create "alien" or abstract portrait collages.
SEPTEMBER: Athens Academy 8th graders visit STMA!
2014-2015 A Day @ STMA
Last year’s A Day @ STMA field trip tour and “make & take” art project was inspired by Thomas’ use of mixed media in his works. We adapted this technique to fit the time constraints of the project & the varying ages & abilities of the participants. Students were given several color copy examples of Thomas’ mixed media works & asked to choose one to interpret in their own creative way. Students used dark construction paper, construction paper crayons, colored pencils, & Sharpie markers as our mixed media. These materials worked very well together to produce dramatic results.
Now in its second year, College Connections continued our collaborations with students from Augusta University (Formerly Georgia Regents University) and the University of North Georgia (Dahlonega Campus). January of 2016 featured the exhibition, Mixed Mania: An Exhibition of Works by University of North Georgia Dahlonega Studio Art Majors. With instruction from Stanley Bermudez, students in this Drawing III-Mixed Media and 2D Design and Color Theory explored and experimented with a variety of non-traditional mediums such as duct and masking tape, as well as more traditional art mediums such as pastels, inks, and paint. Also on display were works by Stanley Bermudez, an educator as well as an Athens-based artist.
In its first year, College Connections was in collaboration with Kristin Casaletto's Senior Capstone Class from Georgia Regents University (GRU) in Augusta, GA, which consisted of 17 graduating Studio Art Majors. Ms. Cassaletto included the exhibit as a required component of her class. In the class, students were taught about gallery contracts, pricing, art sales, commissions, supplying inventory sheets with complete details of works to be submitted for hanging, etc. The program culminated in an exhibition of students' best pieces, professionally installed in the museum, complete with a well-publicized opening & opportunity for art sales. The exhibition was on view from May 3rd-May 23rd in the museum’s West Gallery.
STMA is working with Stanley Bermudez's classes at the University of North Georgia during the 2015 fall semester. Ms. Casaletto's GRU Capstone class will join College Connections again in the 2016 spring semester.
The Art$mart Project has been made possible in part by Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. GCA also receives support from its partner agency - the National Endowment for the Arts. Other sponsors include GA Central EMC Foundation and The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.