Summer 2016: August

Art Newsletter

Developing a Growth Mindset: Quote of the Month

"If it doesn't challenge you, it won't change you."

Toledo Museum of Art Events

Family Center

Free, fun, and open to everyone! The TMA Family Center, located in the education wing near the Plough entrance, is the perfect place for our youngest Museum visitors to make and take memories with their parents and caregivers. Drop in for themed activities that enliven the world of art for kids ages 1-10 (and even grown-ups!). Check the calendar.

Family Center Hours

Tuesdays & Thursdays 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Fridays 3:30–8 p.m.

Sundays noon–5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, August 2- Friday, August 5: Suminagashi

Sunday, August 7: Family Center on the move!

Tuesday, August 9- Friday, August 12: Kinetic Art

Sunday, August 14- Friday, August 19- Colorful Conversations

Sunday, August 21- Friday, August 27- Letter and Symbol Sculptures

Sunday, August 28- Friday, Septemer 2- Paint by numbers

Baby Tours

A stimulating environment is important for young children, and much of a child’s brain develops during the earliest part of life. The visual system, in particular, develops rapidly over the first few weeks. As early as nine minutes after birth, babies prefer to look at photographs and pictures that most resemble the human face. Newborns can see color, and a one-month-old can discriminate red from green. At 12 weeks old, infants demonstrate preferences for colored stimuli as opposed to white.

In addition to looking at themselves, infants are attracted to high contrast visuals, bold images, colorful objects, and faces. The same holds true for toddlers, who also are drawn to looking at animals, shiny objects, and familiar items that are part of their world.

It’s no surprise, then, that an art museum is a rich source of visual stimulation for babies. Introducing infants to works of art promotes early neuron connections in the brain. And for the verbal toddler, interacting with an adult in naming images and describing different characteristics in a work of art lays the groundwork for visual, cognitive, and language development.

FREE Baby Tours

Watch your child respond to large colorful paintings and learn ways to facilitate early visual literacy skills. Join us for a lively and FREE 30-minute Baby Tour. Parents and caregivers with infants up to 18 months are welcome. Meet at the TMA Family Center on any of the upcoming dates:

  • May 20: 6 p.m.
  • June 16: 10:30 a.m.
  • June 17: 6 p.m.
  • July 15: 6 p.m.
  • July 19: 10:30 a.m.
  • August 16: 10:30 a.m.
  • August 19: 6 p.m.

One child per adult.

Tours and Museum admission free. Parking is free for members, $5 nonmembers

Toddler Tours

Toddler Time Tours, a collaboration between the Museum and the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, will serve as a sequel to the popular Baby Tours and provide toddlers a two-part, multi-sensory experience with works of art.

First, caregivers or parents and their children ages 18 to 36 months can attend a Library story time themed to connect with a Museum painting; the next week, they’ll get to see it during a hands-on tour at the Museum, engaging with interactive learning materials (like fabrics and wooden blocks) that help bring the work to life. A children’s librarian will be on hand for an in-gallery story experience to complete the tour.

Pre-registration is required, but caregivers or parents can choose to attend one or both programs.

Check back soon for more information about future tours.

Please note: Toddlers must be accompanied by caregiver or parent for duration of tour. Admission to the Museum and tour is free; parking is free for members, $5 per vehicle for non-members.

Art Museum Art Classes

Explore your creativity for the first time—or the first time in years—at the Toledo Museum of Art. For more than a century, this community resource has offered classes for every age, every experience level, and every schedule. All classes and workshops are related to works of art in the TMA collection. Students will visit the galleries, learn about some of the iconic works of art, then combine that inspiration with their own creativity back in the studio. Looking for a creative outlet for the kids, wanting to try something new or seeking an opportunity to refine your skills? You’ll find it here.

Mrs. Matney's Summer Plans

Once again I am looking forward to The Art of Education's Summer online Art Education Conference. it is now called Art Ed Now: National Online Conference for Art Teachers. This is my favorite professional development and it happens twice a year. I always learn so much and I quickly assimilate my favorite ideas, methods and/or concepts to evolve my instruction and enhance my students' learning. I look forward to my next metamorphosis. I LOVE learning!

What is Art Ed NOW?

Art Ed Now is the world’s largest online conference for art educators! It features 20+ inspiring and innovative TED TALK-style presentations covering topics that are relevant right NOW in Art Ed!

  • 20+ Fast-paced, TED Talk style presentations, full of real-world, practical art room strategies
  • Enjoy it live, or watch later at your own pace for an entire year using the conference “AOE After Pass,” included with every registration.
  • 100% of the presentations and content have been hand-picked and expertly curated by art ed gurus at The Art of Education.
  • Thousands of dollars worth of giveaways, freebies, handouts, product samples, and more, from art ed companies you love!
  • Inspirational messages from big-name presenters you know and love including authors, bloggers, artists and other art ed leaders.
  • Practical, useful, downloads which accompany every presentation ensure you can actually put the tips and strategies you learn to use right away in your art room.

I can't wait to get my swag box of art supplies! I got the official presenter schedule and I am so excited (and my soon to be 3rd graders would be too,) Romero Britto is presenting. One of my favorite art teachers and presenters, Nic Hahn is addressing my current favorite topic- Flipping Instruction.