Education Programs & Resources

Group Exhibition Tours

Guided exhibition tours are available for group tours of four or more visitors. Tours are the perfect activity for visiting friends and relatives, community groups, clubs, church groups, or children's programs. Exhibitions change quarterly so groups are encouraged to visit frequently to learn about different art forms, artists’ intentions, and to discuss your opinions & experiences.

Gadsden Arts' trained docents use discussion-based touring to help visitors learn the history of the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum and gain insights into the varied exhibitions of fine art in the galleries, making every tour a unique experience. Our goal is to empower any viewer to interact with works of art!

Group Tours are customized for each group depending on the age, size, interests, and time availability. 


Ready to schedule a tour? 

Group Tour Request Form

Luncheon @ the Museum

Join a Gadsden Arts docent for an engaging tour of the museum and a Luncheon for you and your group. Our Luncheon @ the Museum program is catered by local farm-to-table restaurant, Damfino’s to create a unique outing for your group!

Luncheon @ the Museum Forms (.docx)

Luncheon @ the Museum Forms (.pdf)

For more information on school tours, click here

Arty Birthday Parties

Celebrate your child's birthday at the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum with art activities, and inspiring gallery adventures for a fun and memorable, hands-on learning experience! View more information here

Saturdays @ the Studio Painting Party

An alternative to our Birthday Parties, Saturdays @ the Studio are for student or children groups to make art in a studio setting with guided activities from our experienced art teachers and exclusive use of the art studio. View more information here

Painting Socials 

Join us for an exciting painting event to learn to paint your own masterpiece. Gadsden Arts aims to remind all visitors that art is fun and anyone can make art! At our Painting Socials, you are invited to bring your friends, wine, and some snacks and complete a beautiful painting from one of our options, or to suggest one for your own group. Painting Socials can be customized to fit your event.  View more information here

Questions about Education Programs? Contact Education Director, Anissa Ford at 850-627-5023.

Master Artist Workshops

Presented by

The Allison House Inn, Logo


All Master Artist Workshops take place in the 2nd Floor Woodell Family Art Studio. The studio contains adjustable height tables, wood stools and folding chairs, and a class set of table easels that all students may use. The 2nd floor can be accessed via the main staircase or elevator, and contains wheelchair-accessible restrooms. For questions about accommodations, please contact Education Director Anissa Ford



Workshop Lodging


Out of town workshop attendees are invited to get a 10% discount at the Allison House Inn. The Allison House Inn is a Bed & Breakfast located just 2 short blocks away (within walking distance). Workshop attendees should call the Allison House Inn directly for discount, and mention that you are a workshop attendee.

Contact Allison House Inn at (850) 875-2511.


Midori Okasako: The Art of Zentangle


Saturday, August 25, 2018

Tuition: $35 members, $45 nonmembers

Registration Deadline: August 3 extended to August 17

The Zentangle® Method is for EVERYONE... Zentangle, a ‘no mistakes’ art form, is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns inspired by the world around us. Immerse yourself to discover the unexpected with basic white Zentangle tiles, a black pen and a pencil. Midori will slowly guide you through the core 8-steps of Zentangle, allowing you to unwind, to focus on the process and perhaps, to rekindle your creative flow. Download the flyer here. 



Manon Sander: Fill Your Paintings with Light + Color


September September 27-29, 2018

Tuition: $375 members, $405 nonmembers

Registration Deadline: August 17

Learn how to use value and color, the two most important components of making a painting sing. You will use value to describe a light situation and will learn everything about color mixing you need to know in order to use color with intent, including how to mix luminous colors, beautiful grays and how to avoid muddiness or chalkiness. There will be plenty of demos, step-by-step exercises and lots of easel time. Medium: Oils preferred. Acrylics acceptable. Skill level: Working knowledge of the medium beneficial. Download the flyer here. 



Kathleen Denis: Capturing Intriguing Light


October 23-25, 2018

Tuition: $350 members, $380 nonmembers

Registration Deadline: September 25

Kathleen Denis generously and thoroughly teaches the essential elements to help you create a great work of art that captures the light and intrigues the viewer. She will include applicable daily lectures, demos and personal hands on assistance.  Day one you will learn how to make creative compositions with focal points and depth, while developing and applying value studies.  Day two you will learn how to mix, choose and apply colors that captivate your viewer.  And day three you will learn how to add the finishing touches with edges and details needed to create your masterpiece! Kathleen works with various levels of students, but some painting experience is needed.  This class will be taught in oils.  Download the flyer here.


Kristy Kutch: Creating a Painting in Colored Pencil


February 7-9, 2019

Tuition: $350 members, $380 nonmembers

Registration Deadline: January 15, 2019

Take a February "cabin fever break"- come to Quincy, Florida! Kristy Kutch, an experienced, supportive workshop instructor, welcomes you for three fascinating days, exploring the remarkable range and potential of colored pencil techniques. Waxy/oily and watercolor colored pencils, even some watercolor crayons (water soluble wax pastels), will be featured, combining them for "painterly" results. Giving frequent demonstrations, Kristy acquaints students with an abundance of related materials. Kristy is the author of the books Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil and The New Colored Pencil. She is also the featured artist in four instructional colored pencil DVDs. Students receive a generous supply of sample products, including new items on the art scene. (No exaggeration: bring a spare tote bag!) Download the flyer here. 


Be first to hear about upcoming workshops


For more information or to be added to our newsletter and receive updates on upcoming workshops, contact Education Director, Anissa Ford at 850-627-5023.


Interested in offering a workshop?


Download our workshop proposal form and submit it to our Education Director, Anissa Ford. Please note, at this time we cannot offer oil painting workshops in our studio.


Exhibition Interpretation

Gadsden Arts offers a variety of exhibition interpretation materials for all visitors at no charge including Family Gallery Guides, Student Learning Guides, Gallery Didactics, Exhibition Catalogs, Token Response Gallery Game, Scavenger Hunts, and Audio Tours.

Gadsden Arts can provide large-format versions of most materials upon request. Our goal is to provide exciting and educational experiences for all visitors so please contact our Education Director, Anissa Ford with any questions or special requests.

Audio Tours

New to the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum are our exhibition audio tours, which include audio descriptions, background information on artists, and interpretive descriptions of several pieces on display. Available at no additional charge when you visit Gadsden Arts. Audio Tours are provided on GACM iPod Shuffles & headphones. 


Family Gallery Guides

Families gain insight into the varied exhibitions of fine art in the galleries through fun facts, gallery activities, and discussion questions. Family Gallery Guides are offered at no charge with every new exhibition. Download current and past Family Gallery Guides by clicking on any of the exhibitions listed below. 

Florida teachers, please note that Family Gallery Guides primarily address the Florida Common Core Standards of VA.C.1 (Cognition and reflection are required to appreciate, interpret, and create with artistic intent) and VA.O.1 (Understanding the organizational structure of an art form provides a foundation for appreciation of artistic works and respect for the creative process).

FOUND: Vernacular Art & Gee's Bend Quilts 
     Alyne Harris
     Edward "Mr. Eddy" Mumma
     Mary L. Proctor
     O.L. Samuels
     Ruby C. Williams
     Purvis Young

Jan–Mar 2017
28th Art in Gadsden: Regional Exhibition of Fine Art Oct-Dec 2016
Collector's Choice: Inside the Hearts & Minds of Collectors Jul–Oct 2016
Eluster Richardson: May I Have This Dance? Apr–Jun 2016
Dean Mitchell's American West: Poverty & the Human Spirit  Jan–Apr 2016
 27th Art in Gadsden: Regional Exhibition of Fine Art Oct–Dec 2015
 Suzanna Winton: Life in the South & Kay Cromartie: Life Masks Jul–Sep 2015
Reflections: American Society of Marine Artists South Exhibition  Apr–Jun 2015
 Tim Myrick: A Southern State of Mind & North Florida Woodturners Jan–Mar 2015
 26th Art in Gadsden: Regional Exhibition of Fine Art  Oct–Dec 2014
Michael Harrell, Wendy Durand, Edward Babcock   Aug–Oct 2014
Hot Wax & Hot Glass: Leslie Neumann & Susan Gott Jun–Aug 2014
Masterworks on the Move & Chris Nolan: Outside the Box Mar–May 2014
New Visions of the Florida Landscape Jan–Mar 2014
25th Silver Anniversary Art in Gadsden Exhibition Oct–Dec 2013
Made in Florida 2013: Florida Craftsmen Members' Exhibition Aug–Oct 2013
Portrait of Historic Gadsden County Exhibition May-Jul 2013 
36th Annual Southern Watercolor Society Juried Exhibition Feb-Apr 2013 
24th Art in Gadsden: regional exhibition of fine art Nov '12-Jan '13
Inside/Out: Beth Appleton & Deborah LaGrasse Aug-Nov 2012
Bound and Unfettered: Works by Ben Bivins Aug-Nov 2012
Tallahassee Watercolor Society Brush Strokes
Aug-Nov 2012
Diversity & Creativity, Audiowood and Town & Country Exhibitions
May-Jul 2012
Barbara Balzer, Tom Busby, and Jill Quadagno
Feb-Apr 2012
23rd Annual Art in Gadsden Exhibition
Nov '11-Jan '12
Dean Mitchell: Rich in Spirit Exhibition
Jul-Oct 2011
Eluster Richardson: Life of a Quilt
Apr-Jun 2011
Alla Prima
Jan-Mar 2011

Permanent Collection Exhibitions
 Selections from the Permanent Collection 2014-2015
Thornton Dial, Sr. Aug-Oct 2013
Suzanna Winton & Thornton Dial, Sr. Feb-Apr 2013
Hawkins Bolden, Archie Byron and Bessie Harvey May-Jul 2012
Mary Proctor and Chief Oloruntoba Feb-Apr 2012

Art Competitions

Annually, the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum presents the Art in Gadsden Student Poster Competition. Gadsden & Leon county students (public, private, and homeschooled) and students of the Big Bend region were invited to participate in the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum's annual Student Poster Competition. This year's theme is SUMMER.  


Click here to download the flyer for
the 30th Art in Gadsden Student Poster Competition




The 2018 Award Winners are: 

Best in Show - Mauvissa Bradwell, 8th Grade, West Gadsden Middle School Summer Camp, Ms. Davis
First Place - Diana Hernandez, 5th Grade, West Gadsden Middle School Summer Camp, Ms. Davis
Second Place - Shakaya Miller, 7th Grade, West Gadsden Middle School Summer Camp, Ms. Davis
Third Place - Ja'Lacey, Moten, 7th Grade, West Gadsden Middle School Summer Camp, Ms. Davis

Honorable Mentions
Daniel Cobbs Jr., 7th Grade, West Gadsden Middle School Summer Camp, Ms. Davis

Best in Show

First Place
Second Place

Third Place

Honorable Mention


For more information on student exhibitions and how to set up your class for an exhibition, please contact our Education Director at 850-627-5023. 


School Tours


Gadsden Arts invites educators to engage students in curriculum topics through art. Each school tour is led by an experienced docent and explores the galleries, teaching students to examine art critically. Exhibitions change quarterly so we recommend reviewing the current exhibitions before scheduling a tour. 


If you would like to schedule a school tour, please review the following before contacting our Education Director at 850-627-5023. 



Gadsden Arts Alliance


The Gadsden Arts Alliance. which began in 2011, is a partnership with the Legacy School for the Performing Arts, that brings fine arts presentations to the elementary schools in Gadsden County. GAA is working with Gadsden County Public Schools to help remedy the lack of funding for art and music. Each visit to a Gadsden County school includes live presentations and performances for the student body, and a two or three week installation of a traveling Dean Mitchell exhibition, accompanied by a range of educational materials for teachers and students. 


For more information on the critically-acclaimed and Quincy-native artist Dean Mitchell, and the series of framed prints that travel for the Gadsden Arts Alliance, please download our Educator Packet. This packet includes informational articles on Dean Mitchell, a list of works for the program, several lesson plans for grades 1-5, and a glossary. 



To learn more, donate, or volunteer with the Gadsden Arts Alliance, please all 850-627-5020. 



Advanced Portfolio Program


This program offers extra studio development for high school visual arts students planning to take the Advanced Placement Studio Art exam or pursue art academically or professionally. Our art instructors will work with highly interested students to develop advanced studio skills by teaching students to mat, frame, exhibit, market, write about, critique, and discuss their artwork. The goal is to assist students with satisfying the Advanced Placement requirements and collaborate with art teachers in Gadsden County high schools, while enhancing students' experiences in the art world. Participants are also encouraged to volunteer or intern at Gadsden Arts to learn about the art world from arts professionals. 


Students from this program also have the opportunity to attend free Drawing & Painting classes on Thursdays from 3-5pm. Interested students should contact our Education Director to submit an application




ArtReach Partnerships

ArtReach Partnerships are opportunities to schedule monthly visits with groups and organizations currently working in the community at no charge. In any ArtReach Partnership, students will tour the galleries, play interactive gallery games, and create art projects in our art studio. We encourage at least one visit per exhibition, as exhibitions change quarterly. In some cases, Gadsden Arts can also send an instructor into the community to work with groups such as tutoring programs and after-school care. Currently, off-site ArtReach Partnerships are FULL, however if you would like to be added to the waiting list, contact our Education Director. 

Contact Anissa Ford, Education Director for more information at 850-627-5023. 



Art Camps

Every year, the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum’s Art Camps offer creative fun with experienced art educators! Children are invited to experiment with a variety of art mediums such as drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, clay, collage, assemblage, mixed-media, and more! The goal of our camps is to create a fun, inspiring, and educational program where campers can build skills in the arts and find confidence!


2018 Summer Art Camp

Art Exploratorium

Discover exciting art projects inspired by the FUNdamentals of art.

Week 1: SCRIBBLES + SHAPES, June 11-15, 9am-12pm

It’s amazing what you can do with just lines and shapes! Swirling scribbles mixed with shapes from small to super-sized will all play together this week 
at art camp.

Week 2: COLOR COLOR COLOR, June 18-22, 9am-12pm

From primary colors, secondary colors, and every color in between, this week of art camp will focus on dynamic art projects that pop with color!

Week 3: TERRIFIC TEXTURES, June 25-29, 9am-12pm

Fluffy, rough, or smooth… textures bring art to life! Explore a variety of textures and patterns this week 
at exciting art camp.

Week 4: PAPER, PRINT, PASTE, PRESTO! July 9-13, 9am-12pm

Innovative thinkers will find tons to do this week at art camp, where campers will explore collage, printmaking, and other mixed-media art styles.

Week 5: BUILD-IT BASICS, July 16-20, 9am-12pm

Builders and sculptors… assemble! Bring your imagination to life and break the mold with unique 3-D and 2-D art projects that use sculptural elements.

Week 6: PIONEERING PAINTERS, July 23-27, 9am-12pm

Draw… Paint… Create! The final week of art camp gives campers the chance to combine the classics–drawing & painting–to express their own artistic visions.


Tuition: $75 (nonmembers), $65 (members) per week 

Ages: 6-12


Download the Camp Flyer


Download the Camp Registration Form


If you would like to be the first to hear about upcoming camps, contact Education Director, Anissa Ford at (850) 627-5023 or by email.



Special Thank You to 2018 Camp Sponsors



Gary & Lucy Baer

Mark & Patsy Bates

Lora Chapman

Nancy Curley

Carole Fletcher

Scott & Judy Gregory

Alex & Jane Hinson

Melanie & Bradley Joyner

Paul & Deberah Keith

Margaret &Bebbie) MacCary

Presbyterian Women

Suan Redmon

Catherine Reed

Tallahassee Watercolor Society

Ron & Becky Tiller

James & Medora Wester

Gary & Lucy Baer


Sponsor a camper today!
Send a check to Gadsden Arts Center & Museum, 13 N. Madison St. Quincy FL 32351 or donate online below:




Family Programs

The ArtZone - Now Open!


About the ArtZone

The ArtZone is a drop-in art studio for visitors of all ages to come in and get creative! Each month features exciting art projects like printmaking, painting, drawing, collage, and more. The ArtZone also has a children’s art library and exhibition space for children/student exhibitions. The ArtZone is part of the Community Connections Renovation & Expansion Project and is NOW OPEN!

Free Family Saturday Sponsors: 

Marjorie Turnbull
Woodward & Fleming Families



ArtZone Hours

Please note: Summer Hours End Aug 11

Summer Hours (June-July)
Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm

School Year Hours (Aug-May)
Thursday-Friday 2:00-5:00pm
Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm
New Time! Story Time is now at 11am every First Saturday (recommended for children ages 7 and under)

Be sure to visit our Facebook events for information on each month’s featured artists and story books.


ArtZone Activity Fee

$2 per person. Members Free

Family Membership level and above includes entry for cardholder + 3 guests. For membership information, click here

ArtZone Activity Fees are waived on Free Family Saturdays, the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Saturdays of each month. 

First Saturdays are sponsored by Centennial Bank, Second Saturdays are sponsored by Marjorie Turnbull, Third Saturdays are sponsored by Bell & Bates Home Center, and Fourth Saturdays are sponsored by the Woodward and Fleming Families. Media Sponsor: Gadsden County Times.


ArtZone Library

A small collection of children's story books, books about artists, art activity books, and more is housed in the ArtZone. Visitors may browse the books, read to their families, or use them for inspiration for their own unique art activities. Monthly Story Time features readings and art activities inspired by the monthly books and themes.


Would you like to contribute to our growing ArtZone Library? Contact Anissa Ford, Education Director (850) 627-5023. 


Jane & Alex Hinson Children’s Art Gallery in the ArtZone


Gadsden Elementary Magnet School


Drawings from Grades K-8 at Gadsden Elementary Magnet School. Instructor: Dionne Davis. Principal: Allysun Davis.


Gadsden Central Academy


Selections from the 4-H Recycling Music Project from Gadsden Central Academy for the North Florida Fair. Instructor: Eileen Wade. Principal: LaRonda Lee.


Interested in exhibiting your student/child's art in the Hinson Children's Art Gallery? Read and fill out our application and return it to Education Director, Anissa Ford. 



Anissa Ford, Education Director

(850) 627-5023


Members' Open Studio

Every Thursday, open studio 2-5pm

Open studio is a complimentary benefit of Gadsden Arts members. Nonmembers are welcome to attend one session for free before joining!

Drawing and paint at your own pace at Gadsden Arts!

*Must be a GACM member (visit ENGAGE for more information on becoming a member).



ArtZone open NOW!



Families are invited to make art in the ArtZone at the Gadsden Arts Center & Museums! As part of the Community Connections Renovation & Expansion Project a new drop-in art studio is now open for visitors of all ages. Enjoy fun art making activities like drawing, printmaking, painting, and special projects inspired by artists and current exhibitions. No experience or registration required. Just drop in and get creative! 




Wednesday–Friday 2–5pm, Saturday 10am–5pm

ArtZone Admission

$2 per visitor. Museum Members free; Family Membership includes ArtZone admission for cardholder + three guests.

Every 1st, 2nd, 3rd, & 4th Saturday: ArtZone Activity Fee Waived sponsored by

Marjorie Turnbull

Woodward & Fleming Families




Anissa Ford, Education Coordinator


Interested in volunteering with the ArtZone? Contact our Education Director, Anissa Ford at



High School Studio Art



Advanced high school art students are invited to our regular Thursday Open Studio for complimentary studio time. Students should have an interest in pursuing art in college or professionally, or have interest in the Advanced Placement Exam for Studio Art.


Currently open, upon request, to students from East Gadsden High School, West Gadsden High School, Robert F. Munroe Day School and homeschool students. Studio is open every Thursday from 2-5pm.


Information: 850-627-5023 or email Anissa.


Teen Summer Art Class

Learn contour drawing, drawing from life, drawing from photos, color mixing, mixed-media projects, and more in a weekly art class this summer at Gadsden Arts! Please read the class flyer for more information and submit a registration form to sign up! 


Teens in the ArtZone

Teens may participate in the ArtZone without a parent/guardian's supervision during normal ArtZone hours, given that the teen and parent/guardian submits a Teen ArtZone Artists form. Submit forms to Anissa Ford, or call with questions (850) 627-5023.

Download the Teen ArtZone Artists Form Here. 

Help us bring the magic of art to our community!

Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture


Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, 
Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs,
and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture



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