Saturday classes offered to students by county museum

Program set up as feeder program for Barbara Ingram School for the Arts

August 11, 2013

The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts will offer its Saturday Morning Youth Program during the coming school year.

Classes begin Saturday, Sept. 23, from 10  to 11:30 a.m. and will meet Oct. 5, 12, 19, 16, Nov. 9, 16 and 23. There will be no class on Saturday, Nov. 2 during the museum’s annual Treasure Sale.

The second semester will begin Feb. 8 and end March 29.
For more than two decades, the program has been funded by the Mary K. Bowman Historical and Fine Arts Fund.

This year,  the museum has worked with a team of art teachers and an arts curriculum specialist from Washington County Public Schools to create a 16-week curriculum.

The program has been transformed into a feeder program linked to the Saturday classes offered through the Center for Artistically Talented Students at Barbara Ingram School for the Arts in Hagerstown.

In 2013-14, classes will be offered as two eight-week semesters, fall and spring. 

Each weekly class can enroll a maximum of 25 children, in the first, second, third and fourth grades (ages 6 to 10).

Classes will cover a variety elements and principles of art including line, shape, value, texture, space, color, form and movement and subject matter will include drawing, portraits, seascapes, collage, sculpture, fabric arts, animal art and masks.
Children will find a creative outlet and develop fine motor skills, visual intelligence, artistic knowledge and skills. Each week, they will learn about art and art history in one of the museum’s galleries, viewing original works of art from the nationally recognized collection, then return to the art classroom to create original work. 

Students will maintain an art journal with their ideas, interesting things they find, art vocabulary, and information about elements and principles. 

The journal, lessons and portfolio will prepare the student for the requirements they need to enter the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts and eventually college art programs.

Families complete an agreement to bring their students to each of the eight-week sessions.  Museum members are given first priority enrollment and those interested may become members when registering their students.

The support of the Bowman Board, Fine Arts and Historical Trust Inc. allows the museum to offer the program free to students. 

Registration for the September semester begins Aug. 15 for members.  Non-members may enroll beginning Sept. 3.

For more information, call 301-739-5727 or go to  

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