Summer Camps

Distance Learning






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




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 Times: OJAC Distance Learning Programs take place September through May. Daily programs take place Monday-Friday at 10, 11, 1 and 2 pm. A full schedule of programs can be found at

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 awareness observations such as Women's History Month, Earth Day, National Poetry Month, as well as cultural awareness celebrations such as Lunar New Year, el Dia de los Muertos, Diwali, etc. 

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


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.


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.




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!


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.