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Museum Classes

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Art Museum
Hours: Mon-Sat: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Monday's until 7 pm, February - April, September - November.
Admission: Free
2111 Willet Drive
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: (307) 766-6622
Email: uwartmus@uwyo.edu
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Museum classes are designed to intrigue, challenge, and teach pre-K through 12 students, using the art museum’s exhibitions as the basis for exploring ideas, materials, methods and more.  Our model of learning – observe, question, explore, create and reflect – encourages students to dig deeper and investigate the concepts behind the artwork, while exploring the creative processes used by artists to communicate their ideas.

The Shelton Studio is located right next to the museum galleries and serves as the focal point for students to create new artwork, using a magical array of materials. Under the guidance of a master teacher, students connect with artists, writers, and educators to explore their own responses to the exhibited artwork and the discussions that develop around work.

Class sizes are limited. Costs are noted on the schedule for each class and scholarships are available to assist families with limited incomes. Museum members receive a 10 percent discount. Students must submit a release form and student information sheet once per calendar year. To register, contact Heather Bender, master teacher, at hbender1@uwyo.edu or call 307.766.3515.  Registration forms may be emailed or dropped off at the museum.

Spring 2016 Class Schedule

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March Art Month   

Join us for our first Night at the Museum celebrating March Art Month! 

Monday, March 7 from 5-7 pm 

Kick off a month long arts celebration with this family-friendly event that includes free pizza and veggies. Learn how to look at and talk about contemporary art with your family. Try out one or all of the no-cost art making activities. Museum curators, teaching artists and volunteers will be on hand to help you in both the Shelton Studio and new Museum Studio make one of a kind artwork and creative projects and guide discussions in the galleries. Come for a bit or stay the whole time! 

During Night at the Museum we will also be unveiling new Family Activity Boxes (FAB) for select exhibitions. We invite families of all ages to also participate in our free FAB-Saturdays on March 5, 12, 19, and 26 anytime during our open hours from 10 am – 5 pm.  Family Activity Boxes for all exhibitions will be available for self guided tours and activities throughout the month of March. Our FAB are chocked full of great art making activities you can do in the galleries or at home.   


Teen Program 

Join us for Teen Hang Out, an evening of open studio and art making on Monday, February 29 from 5-7pm. Light snacks will be provided. We are working with Laramie High School, Whiting High School and Laramie Junior High teachers to provide better skills and specialized training to their students. This includes visits from the Artmobile, mentorship through portfolio development and one on one guidance for students who want to learn more about a career in the arts. Youth or parents who might be interested in learning more about an apprenticeship at the Art Museum can contact Katie Christensen for more information at Katie.christensen@uwyo.edu or 766-3496.  


Afterschool Enrichment Program 

Students in grades 1-2 and 3-5 may participate in a free after-school program at the Art Museum called Imagine Learning from the Masters. This program is made possible through a partnership with Albany County School District #1 and uses original art work in the UW Art Museum to enhance students’ art, writing, thinking and speaking skills. 

Students will have the opportunity to sign up for the program through their elementary school. Each program meets for seven consecutive sessions from 3:30-4:45 pm and follows the Art Museum’s model of inquiry - observe, question, explore, create and reflect. These dynamic classes engage students in essential learning activities in ways that are fun and creative. They will work with professional artists and writers and a master teacher on writing and art skills, using art on exhibit as a starting point for their own ideas and creative processes. 

Grades 3-5 will meet in the fall and early spring while grades 1-2 will meet in the spring only.  Students are bused to and from the Art Museum courtesy of Albany County School District. Contact your elementary school art teacher for participation information. 


Summer Solstice 

Monday, June 20, 2016 
11:30 am -12:30 pm 

After Wyoming’s long winter, it is worth celebrating the longest day of the year and the official beginning of summer. Every year on the summer solstice, a beam of sunlight illuminates a silver dollar in the center of the Rotunda Gallery at exactly 12 o’clock, noon. Join us for this fun event, and to view the sun through astronomer Ray Martin’s filtered solar telescope, which will be set up on the terrace. 

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