The Mystic Museum of Art values the transformative power of art education. Our school and community programs offer a range of experiences that spark creativity, inspire wonder and high-level critical thinking skills while supporting Connecticut’s curriculum standards in our schools. From guided tours, to professional development offerings, to art making opportunities taught right in the classroom, MMoA strives to instill a passion for the arts while using the power of hands on art making to add to the educational experience of the students.
MMoA recently partnered with Cutler Art and Humanities Middle School. Over the next 5 years a federal grant will enable Cutler to transform the way in which they approach education, their infrastructure, and the overall experience and enjoyment of the students. MMoA was honored when asked to be a part of this very exciting opportunity. Our goal is to bring additional art programming into all areas of their curriculum. Our talented faculty takes the information students are learning and designs lessons to add a visual component. From creating bones from plaster to connect with a lesson on human anatomy to making 3D masks to connect with a unit on African culture, we work to broaden the experience of the lesson. Most recently, we were asked to tie in an art project connecting with European and Russian monuments. Over the course of 5 days, Cutler students worked with Liz Lomax and Kristen Thornton to recreate details of their selected monument in sculptural relief. Working with only a pair of scissors and cardboard and a simple paint pallet, students recreated columns, arches, windows, doorways, etc… of their chosen monument. Working from the background to foreground, students drew, cut and built up their pieces to create depth and form. The results were nothing short of extraordinary.
Working with area schools such as Cutler, Northeast Academy, Deans Mill and more are an important part of achieving MMoA’s mission. Educational Outreach programming helps to develop a positive, reciprocal relationship with the community and to inspire creativity and critical dialogue by engaging the regional community in the understanding, appreciation and practice of visual art.