MAD programs for school groups offer students opportunities to begin to develop a personal vocabulary—both verbal and non-verbal—as a way of knowing and communicating. Through the acts of doing and making, the students actively ask questions which reveal understanding about the creative process, specific works of art, and the actual skill involved in different art forms. Visits to MAD’s galleries to tour and discuss the current exhibitions help students strengthen their ability to reflect on their studio experience, gain practical insights into specific artworks, and eventually learn to make critical evaluations.
All elementary and middle school groups are required to reserve a guided visit. No self-guided visits are allowed for K through 8th grades.
MAD’s experiential flagship program offers a 90 minute highlights tour and hands-on workshop in the Museum’s classroom, and is designed to engage students through direct observation, participation and in-depth discussion.
Professional Artist Educators facilitate inquiry based discussions in the galleries followed by hands–on art-making workshops in the classroom. Students work with clay, shape wood, fold, collage and weave. All art materials are provided.
Professional Artist Educators facilitate inquiry based discussions, interactive participation and activities in the galleries. Includes a visit with a studio artist.
MADlab: Observe, discuss and sketch
Students spend time in the galleries thinking critically about exhibition themes, curatorial decisions, artist’s concepts, and current events. Discussions facilitated by Professional Artist Educators are followed by interactive sketching and discussion.
MADlab: Arts Access provides free tours to Title One Schools.
Through a generous gift by the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, with additional support from HSBC Bank USA, N.A., The Museum of Arts and Design is able to provide free access to Title One Schools.