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.
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!
For more information on school tours, click here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Unlock the mysteries of painting waves in oil! Learn to capture the brilliant colors and textures of water as it crashes onto the beach with master artist Robert J. Simone, signature member of the American Society of Marine Artists. With time for demonstrations and individual instruction, workshop attendees will build on a wave painting over this 3-day workshop. Download the flyer here.
Join Susan MacGregor for a one-day colored pencil workshop to learn the basic "artist's" anatomy of popular pets/animals such as horses, dogs, cats, and birds, and how to use colored pencils for realistic details. Attendees would most benefit from this workshop with some basic drawing knowledge. Susan MacGregor studied art at the New York Art Student's League. She has had careers in both art and music (opera). She has taught various colored pencil workshops, as well as Basic Animal Anatomy for Artists. Download the workshop flyer here.
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.
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.
Kathleen Denis generously and thoroughly teaches the essential elements to help you form a great work of art. Through daily lectures, demos and personal hands on assistance you will learn how to make creative compositions with focal points and depth, value studies, color mixing and much more. Day 1 will focus on composition, day 2 on color, and day 3 on completing your masterpiece! Download the flyer here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Annually, the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum presents the Art in Gadsden Student Poster Competition. The 29th Art in Gadsden Student Poster Competition will be an online exhibition, with award winning artists works exhibited in the Gadsden Arts Lobby.
Gadsden & Leon county students (public, private, and homeschooled) and students of the Big Bend region are invited to participate in the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum's annual Student Poster Competition. This year's theme is "Celebrating Differences." 2017 winners will be awarded Friday, October 13, 2017.
The award winners for 2017 are:
Best in Show - Ariel Chandler, Gadsden Elementary Magnet School, 4th grade
First Place - Addie Cox, Robert F. Munroe Day School, 1st grade
Second Place - Jonathan McGlockton, Gadsden Elementary Magnet School, 3rd grade
Third Place - Josie May, Robert F. Munroe Day School, 7th grade
Alondra Cruz, Gadsden Elementary Magnet School, 4th grade
Jasmine Huff, Gadsden Elementary Magnet School, 6th grade
Hannah Touchton, Robert F. Munroe Day School, 12th grade
Saralyn Jenkins, Robert F. Munroe Day School, 12th grade
Leiah Fain, Gadsden Elementary Magnet School, 6th grade
Victoria Stone, Robert F. Munroe Day School, 10th grade
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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!
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
Registration Deadline: May 31
Scholarship Deadline: May 18 (Award notification by May 25)
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.
Tom & Nancy Adams
Gary & Lucy Baer
Richard & Priscilla Dreibelbis
Scott & Judy Gregory
Fred & Lucy Harris
Wilson & Tee Hinson
Bebbie MacCary & Sid Schwager
Jerry & Judith Maxwell
Edward & Marge McIntyre
William Hugh & Sara Ruth McKeown
Ed & Jeannette Parramore
Mike & Judy Pate
Stephen Rollin & Mary Apple
Tholley & Sarah Taylor
Jim & Medora Wester
Dr. Pat & Mary Jane Woodward
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!
Story Time at 10am 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.
$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 and 3rd Saturday of each month.
First Saturdays are sponsored by Centennial Bank and Third Saturdays are sponsored by Bell & Bates Home Center. Media Sponsor: Gadsden County Times.
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.
Drawings from Grades K-8 at Gadsden Elementary Magnet School. Instructor: Dionne Davis. Principal: Allysun Davis.
Selections from the 4-H Recycling Music Project from Gadsden Central Academy for the North Florida Fair. Instructor: Eileen Wade. Principal: LaRonda Lee.'
Anissa Ford, Education Director
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).
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
$2 per visitor. Museum Members free; Family Membership includes ArtZone admission for cardholder + three guests.
Anissa Ford, Education Coordinator
Interested in volunteering with the ArtZone? Contact our Education Director, Anissa Ford at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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