We wanted to give you an insider peek into what goes on during weekly classes. We know many parents sit in the lobby during classes and may hear snippets of the teacher's lesson. Other parents get to see their children's work after each class when they come to sign their son or daughter out for the day. But what if you'd like to be a fly on the wall during the whole class? Here's a basic outline of what each class at Museo Art Academy looks like:
Roll Call - Teachers take roll each class to confirm who is present or absent.
Warm-Up - Students often do warm-up drawing exercises on scratch paper to prepare their brains and hands for the upcoming lesson. These warm-ups are a few minutes long.
Lesson Introduction - We try to move on to a new lesson every 3-4 weeks. When a new lesson begins, the instructor introduces the class to a new artist, art movement or concept. This information will be briefly revisited in each subsequent week of the lesson to ensure that students understand and retain the information from one week to the next.
The intro may take up most of class depending on the age of the students. In subsequent classes, the teacher goes over past information to make sure students understand what was taught last week before moving on.
Art Project - Once students are familiar and comfortable with the information, they'll spend the majority of class time creating art in response to a clearly defined objective. During this time, the teacher moves about the room working with students individually and answering questions. Students create rough drafts before moving on to a final project.
Clean-Up - Cleaning up is a big part of being an artist! We teach even our youngest students to clean up after themselves.
Take-Homes - At the end of each 3-4 week project, we photograph and document each student's work. Most projects are given back to students to take home the following week.
It's important to note that each teacher has their own style of teaching, but our curriculum stays the same whether your child takes a Monday Discovering Art class or switches to a Wednesday session, for example. Each lesson is written and approved by our directors using high level teaching and art concepts, and interpreted by qualified instructors in accordance with the national standards for visual arts education.
If you would like to do a one-day trial class* before registering for an ongoing weekly class, we'd love to have you join us! Just let us know the specific desired date drop-in date by writing it in the "comment" box when you register.
*one-day trial classes range from $25-28