Education

Education

Due to Covid-19 many of our programs have moved online. They are on our youtube channel for you to enjoy!

 

The Cedar Rapids Museum of Art offers a wide variety of programs for adults, children, and families including:

Art Bites: (in person-socially distant with masks or on Zoom) On the first Wednesday of every month our Curator of Collections and Exhibitions Kate Kunau or our Executive Director Sean Ulmer speaks about an aspect of one of the current exhibitions. This 30-45 minute presentation is free and includes free admission to all of the galleries.

Art Lovers Book Club: (in person) Our long-running book club selects books based on current exhibitions. Anyone can join at any time. It is held on the third Thursday of every month and is free. You can find a complete listing of upcoming books on the events tab.

Guided Meditation: (Masks are reommended but optional for vacinated individuals) Led by Noelle Holmes from the Healing Arts Center, guided meditation has a particular theme each month and is held at the Grant Wood Studio all year round. The class takes place on the third Thursday of every month at 6:00 PM. The fee is $10 payable to Noelle Holmes and the suggested ages are 13 and up.

Family Fun Day: Three times a year the Museum holds a Family Fun Day with activities for all ages to enjoy. You also have the opportunity to view all of the exhibitions for free.

Pajama Storytime: (Facebook and Youtube or in person) Held on the third Thursday of every month during the school year,  PJ Storytimes are for ages pre-school through 7 years. We read a story in the galleries and then do a fun art activity. Free for children and their adult companions. Bring a stuffed friend to cuddle with and wear your PJs!

Doodlebugs: (Zoom and YouTube) Doodlebugs classes are held monthly at the Hiawatha Public Library, Marion Public Library, and the North Liberty Community Library. Each Doodlebugs class has a theme that relates to our exhibitions. We read a story and then do fun and sometimes messy art activity. Free.

Summer Camp:

So much of art-making is about the product. Much of the time, children are shown an example of what they’re
expected to create, so they mostly focus on how to reach that result, and they can find that frustrating.  But working artists will tell you that they spend a great deal of their time experimenting and playing, sometimes to see how
different materials will react with each other, or as a warm-up exercise.  When the focus is on the process and letting whatever happens happen, there can be moments of serendipity.  There can be moments of learning and inspiration. So this summer the CRMA’s mini-camps will focus on allowing the ugly moments because they are fun!  They can be hilarious.  They can show us something we didn’t know was possible.  And every once in a while, they transform into something beautiful.                                    -Education Director Erin Thomas

Noisy Art Mini-Camp Workshop—July 7 or July 8—9:00 AM-noon.   Suitable for children ages 8-12yrs.   From wacky musical instruments to visual sound waves, these projects are great for kids who like to make noise while they create.

Messy Art Mini-Camp Workshop—July 14 or July 15— 9:00 AM-noon.  Suitable for children ages 8-12yrs.  Squish, dribble, and splat through art projects like upside-down painting, acrylic pours, and edible abstract paintings.

Stinky Art Mini-Camp Workshop —July 21 or July 22— 9:00 AM-noon. Suitable for children ages 8-12yrs.  Put the “eww” in beauty with stinky materials like spray paint or hand sanitizer, and finish with a fruity olfactory palate cleanser.

Üglî Art Mini-Camp Workshop —July 28 or July 29— 9:00 AM-noon.  Suitable for children ages 8-12yrs.  Embrace the weird because you never know what might come of these blind drawings, spontaneous sculptures, and abstract art interpretations.

Mini-Camps for Mini Artists —August 2, 3, or 4 — 10:00 AM-11:30 AM.  An all-in-one session for ages 4-7!  You and your child will work collaboratively on fun and silly activities in all four themes of noisy, messy, stinky, and “üglî” art.

Space for these mini-camp workshops is limited, so reserve your child’s spot early by contacting Education Director
Erin Thomas at ethomas@crma.org or 319-366-7503 x203.   Admission is $40 per session.  There are ten slots
available per class.  COVID precautions will be taken and parents will be notified what those are two weeks prior to classes.

If you would like to arrange your own art-making class, please contact Erin Thomas at ethomas@crma.org.

The Museum's tour schedule is also robust.  Each year, the CRMA offers approximately five tours or programs each week.  For a full listing of our extensive educational offerings, please click here or visit the Events tab.

Tours: A wide variety of tours from school tours to group tours for various organizations and clubs are available throughout the year. If you are interested in arranging a tour, please contact Erin Thomas, Director of Education, at 319-366-7503 x203 or ethomas@crma.org.