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Students


The Old Jail Art Center offers many opportunities specifically for K-12 public and homeschooled learners.  Explore the different programs to find one for your student!

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Students


The Old Jail Art Center offers many opportunities specifically for K-12 public and homeschooled learners.  Explore the different programs to find one for your student!

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ART-TO-GO

TOURS

Summer Workshops

JUNIOR DOCENTS

SCHOLARSHIp


DISTANCE LEARNING

Lewisville 3rd Graders compose poetry based on collection works © 2014

Lewisville 3rd Graders compose poetry based on collection works © 2014

Experience the museum virtually through Distance Learning!

Engage the visual and critical thinking skills of your students while exploring current social and cultural topics through the lens of the OJAC art collection.

What to Expect: Students will enjoy a book or short video, investigate and discuss artifacts from the museum collection and create a work of art with a certified instructor. Programs are very interactive and teachers are expected to facilitate questions and pass out materials. The museum provides most of the supplies- materials will be shipped in advance of program. Fees vary per program.

Reservations: Please schedule distance learning classes at least two weeks in advance to allow for mailing of art materials. Classes are limited to 30 students, without additional fees, and connections are restricted to one to two campuses to enable instructor attention for each individual student. 

Monthly Videoconference Themes:

  • The Art of Reading: a series of classes for PreK-1st graders including classic children's books and corresponding art projects; these programs are frequently offered in a bilingual format
  • Meet the Artist: an opportunity for students to interact with living artists whose work is exhibited at the museum; students enjoy a Q & A and art-making session with each cooperating artist
  • Cultural Connections: various monthly programs connecting the OJAC collection to countries and cultures represented in the museum collection such as Africa, Mexico, Japan, England, Ukraine
  • AWARE: various monthly programs connecting the OJAC collection to social and cultural awareness observations such as Women's History Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, Earth Day, National Poetry Month, etc.
  • A full list of classes can be found at Connect2Texas.net

Email to contact Education Director or call 325.762.2936 for more information. 


ART TO GO

Educators within a *50-mile radius, let the Old Jail Art Center come to you!

A qualified educator from the Old Jail Art Center will visit your classroom each month of the school year to conduct a 45 minute, multi-part lesson implementing art history, art criticism, and hands-on art activities inspired by your curriculum and artworks in the OJAC collection.

Monthly programs focus on cultural and social awareness themes such as Lunar New Year, Women's History Month, Earth Day, Hispanic Heritage Month, etc. All lessons are TEKS aligned.

Art-to-Go Programs are always free! Instructor will bring all digital presentation materials and equipment (if necessary), as well as all art materials for studio activity. 

Art-To-Go participating schools are provided with a full Travel Subsidy to travel to the museum during the final month of their program. This is an opportunity for students to explore first-hand, the art and artifacts they have been investigating over the course of the school year. As with all Art-To-Go sessions, this on-site tour concludes with a corresponding studio activity.

Email to contact Education Director or call 325.762.2936 to schedule your Art-to-Go sessions this school year.

*Are you more than 50 miles from the Old Jail Art Center? Let us come to you virtually! Explore the Old Jail’s Distance Learning program.


CLASS TOURS

Bring your students to see the art!  All tours are free! 

During a visit to the Old Jail Art Center, students are provided a guided tour by Museum Education Staff.  

Participating schools in the free, OJAC Art-To-Go outreach program (above) travel to the museum during the concluding month of their program for focused, thematic investigation of objects corresponding to that month's cultural or social awareness theme. As with all Art-To-Go sessions, this on-site tour concludes with a studio activity. 

All school tours (followed by studio activity) convene at the following days/times:

Tuesday- Friday

10 am - 11:30 am

1   pm - 2:30 pm

General school tours (outside the Art-To-Go outreach program) include information about the old jail building and select historical and contemporary artworks in the permanent collection, artworks in current temporary exhibitions, ancient artworks in the William O. Gross, Jr. Pre-Columbian collection and the Asian collection, and historical artifacts from the Sallie Reynolds Matthews Collection.  General school tours are followed by a corresponding studio activity (at no charge) inspired by current exhibitions.

Reservations: Please schedule class tours at least two weeks in advance.  Group tours work best with twenty or fewer participants, but accommodations can be made for larger groups if the museum is notified at least three weeks in advance.

Chaperones: One adult chaperone must accompany each group of ten students of any school age PreK-12. Chaperones must remain with their charges at all times. 

Policies: The OJAC does not allow touching of any of its artworks.  Non-professional photography (without flash) is permitted inside the museum and on the grounds.  Adult chaperones should be prepared to help enforce these policies.

Special Needs: The OJAC welcomes all children.  Tours and art projects can be modified to suit any and all students’ needs. Please list any needs or modifications in Tour Request Form (below).

Accessibility: The OJAC is fully accessible (restrooms included) except for the second floor of the old jail building, which can be reached only by stairs.  The historic building is recognized by the National Register and cannot be altered.  The remainder of the museum is at ground level.

SCHEDULE A TOUR

APPLY FOR A TRAVEL SUBSIDY


SUMMER ART CAMPS

The OJAC offers a variety of summer classes for students in the 1st (completed Kindergarten) through 12th grades.  All classes (including supplies) are FREE!

Click HERE to view descriptions of this summer's camps, then

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JUNIOR DOCENTS

The OJAC Junior Docent Program is a museum training program for junior and high school students.

Students undergo training and art exercises at the museum in how to give a tour, facilitate art discussions and develop various educationalprograms. The Junior Docents ("JuDo's") conduct lectures on International Slow Art Day, as well as jurying a yearly show of student artworks created by Art-to-Go participants. JuDo's are rewarded one free, day field trip each school semester to various Texas museums and art sites. 

This is a wonderful volunteer opportunity for teens to build confidence and enhance presentation skills and college applications.

Fill out this online form or contact Education Coordinator to get involved!


GRACE LEECH FAMILY ART SCHOLARSHIP

The Grace Leech Family Art Scholarship was established by educator and philanthropic leader Valleau Wilkie, Jr. in honor of Grace Leech and her family. The scholarship is available to students who plan to attend college to pursue studies in art or art history.

The scholarship is available to graduating seniors attending rural high schools served by the Region 14 Educational Service Center with graduating classes of 150 students or less. Eligibility considerations will include academic achievement, field of study, and need.

Grace Leech, long time resident of Albany, has been an avid supporter of The Old Jail Art Center since its inception, serving as a docent for many years. Grace grew up loving art. Her grandmother, Annie Laura Gillean, was an accomplished artist in Dallas and was featured in a 1940 addition of the Dallas Morning News. Grace studied with her grandmother as a child and never lost her passion for painting. Additionally, she was one of the founding members of the Albany Art Club.

FOR FULL INFORMATION ON THE SCHOLARSHIP AND TO APPLY PLEASE CLICK THE APPLICATION BELOW.

 

 

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Families


Tours, Programs and Events for Ages 2-92 to create and learn together.

Families


Tours, Programs and Events for Ages 2-92 to create and learn together.

Upcoming Events


Cultural Festivals

Bring the whole family for our FREE, seasonal Family Festivals- including crafts, music, games and refreshments inspired by a culture represented in the museum collection.

Learn and create together as you celebrate Native American Heritage, Lunar New Year, Diwali, Dia de los Muertos or Las Posadas!


Family Gallery Guides

FREE family Gallery Guides are created for different generations in your group to find, look, discuss and create together in each museum exhibit.

Print this PDF of the current guide, or pick up a copy for your family during your next visit!


Family Interactive Space

Head to the Stasney Center of Education at your next museum visit and create together as a family.

Kid-friendly studio activities connect to current exhibit works or monthly cultural awareness issues. 


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Adults


Art Classes, Weekend Workshops, Lectures and more! 

Adults


Art Classes, Weekend Workshops, Lectures and more! 

UPCOMING EVENTS


Weekend Workshops

Adult art classes (usually take place quarterly) led by local artists or instructors, teaching a variety of different media and techniques. Supplies included.  $20 MEMBERS  |  $30 NON-MEMBERS


FOCUS LECTURE SERIES

Quarterly, FREE Public Lectures on Art History, the OJAC collection, exhibitions and connected community topics.


FOOD FOR THOUGHT 

Monthly lunch-hour video documentary series of fine art and arts culture topics. Bring a brown bag lunch- drinks and light dessert provided.

FREE and open to the public..


Third-Thursday Studio

Art workshops exploring a variety of media, presented in a party-atmosphere! Bring your favorite bottle of wine or beverage, invite your friends, and enjoy step-by-step instruction with an experienced art educator.  You'll leave with a one-of-a kind creation and a new found talent you'll want to explore!  All supplies included. 

$15 MEMBERS  |  $20 NON-MEMBERS


DATE NIGHT

Quarterly after-hours program for couples or friends. Couples create a project together to take home that evening; FREE childcare provided with related art-activity.

$15 MEMBERS  |  $20 NON-MEMBERS


 
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Teachers


The Old Jail Art Center Education Department is committed to helping teachers, in the classroom or at home, incorporate visual learning into their classrooms and integrate art into their curricula.

Teachers


The Old Jail Art Center Education Department is committed to helping teachers, in the classroom or at home, incorporate visual learning into their classrooms and integrate art into their curricula.

summer In-services

The Old Jail Art Center offers a variety of fun and informative professional development workshops to aid elementary and secondary teachers in using the Old Jail Art Center collection, programs and media, art and history, to enhance their curricula.

2017 Workshop themes include:

Printmaking: Re-cycled! Budget-Friendly Printmaking Techniques through Creative Re-use

The Art of Reading: Visual and Language Arts Connections for Early Learners

Fiesta! A Celebration of  Hispanic and Latin Culture through the OJAC Collection

Local History: A Tour of Historic Sites and OJAC Archives

 

Participants should contact the Region 14 Education Service Center PitStop Website for registration and credit information.

Education students and out-of-area teachers not wishing to receive Region-14-certified credit are also welcome to attend OJAC workshops!