Docents (tour guides) are available free of charge to lead group tours for four or more visitors. Tours are the perfect activity for visiting friends and relatives, community groups, clubs, church groups, or children's programs. Exhibitions change quarterly so groups are encouraged to visit frequently to learn about different art forms, artists’ intentions, and to discuss your opinions & experiences.
Gadsden Arts uses discussion-based touring to help visitors learn the history of the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum and gain insights into the varied exhibitions of fine art in the galleries, making every tour a unique experience. Our goal is to empower any viewer to interact with works of art!
Group Tours are customized for each group depending on the age, size, interests, and time availability.
Click here to view our group tours flyer.
Interested in a luncheon tour? Bring your group for a guided tour of the galleries and use the 2nd Floor Galleries for a group luncheon and we will waive our rental fee! Catering is available through The Black Fig or Mainstreet Cafe.
To schedule a tour, contact Anissa Ford, (850) 627-5023. For more information on school tours, click here.
Celebrate your child's birthday at the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum with art activities, and inspiring gallery adventures for a fun and memorable, hands-on learning experience! View more information here.
An alternative to our Birthday Parties, Saturdays @ the Studio are for student or children groups to make art in a studio setting with guided activities from our experienced art teachers and exclusive use of the art studio. View more information here.
Join us for an exciting painting event to learn to paint your own masterpiece. Gadsden Arts aims to remind all visitors that art is fun and anyone can make art! At our Painting Socials, you are invited to bring your friends, wine, and some snacks and complete a beautiful painting from one of our options, or to suggest one for your own group. Painting Socials can be customized to fit your event. View more information here.
Questions about Education Programs? Contact Education Director, Anissa Ford at 850-627-5023.
Every Thursday, open studio 2-5pm
Open studio is a free benefit of Gadsden Arts members. Nonmembers are welcome to attend one session for free before joining!
Drawing and paint at your own pace at Gadsden Arts!
*Must be a GAC member (visit ENGAGE for more information on becoming a member).
All Master Artist Workshops take place in the 2nd Floor Woodell Family Art Studio. The studio contains adjustable height tables, wood stools and folding chairs, and a class set of table easels that all students may use. The 2nd floor can be accessed via the main staircase or elevator, and contains wheelchair-accessible restrooms. For questions about accommodations, please contact Education Director Anissa Ford.
UPDATE: Please note the change in date to Kathleen Denis' workshop. It will now take place October 27-28.
Join Rosemary Ferguson for an exciting workshop on the art of using white contrast and transparent watercolor pours in your paintings. Rosemary Ferguson has been painting for more than 25 years, establishing her own recognizable style. She has received numerous awards in Juried Shows including 4 “Best of Show” awards, and is a Signature Member of several watercolor societies, including the National Watercolor Society. Download the flyer here.
Wendy Devarieux is an award winning pastel artist, including winning the 27th Art in Gadsden Best of Show award. Devarieux also works in pottery, but has a passion for pastel painting, “I love the immediacy of pastels; the color goes on intense and beautiful.” Join Devarieux for a 2-day workshop focusing on her preferred subject of landscapes, to learn techniques in pastel. Download the flyer here.
Learn to paint a realistic portrait from the award-winning master portrait watercolorist, James Brantley, at the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum. Determined to be a realistic painter in the tradition of the old masters, such as Caravaggio and Vermeer, Brantley began training even though he was told “Classical Realism was passé.” Brantley believes that “art is something that a person creates from the heart, with feeling. It is neither random nor accidental.” His paintings are of people, places, and things he has encountered on his life’s journey. Download the flyer here.
Jane Slivka returns to Gadsden Arts for her popular workshop, “The Freedom of Acrylics,” in which she will demonstrate and vividly describe to her students how to utilize color with confidence. Students can look forward to painting still lives, landscapes, and figures. Jane Slivka’s past students have enjoyed her outlook and the foundation of her methodology, where she enables the connection between the artist and their art to flow openly. Download the flyer here.
With numerous challenges and decisions to make when painting, Kathleen generously and thoroughly teaches the essential elements to help you form a great painting. Through daily lectures, demos and personal hands on assistance you will learn how to make creative compositions with focal points and depth, value studies, color mixing and much more. Class will be taught in Oils. All levels are welcome. Download the flyer here.
The overall objective of Tom Lynch’s workshop is to show the vast range and flexibility of watercolor and to put emotion and conviction into painting by exploring, experimenting, and developing the creativity of each individual. Tom likes to put fun into the process of painting, along with enthusiasm and new techniques in an atmosphere that makes the intermediate and advanced painter feel welcome! Tom Lynch is one of the nations premier watercolorists, who has written 7 books, hosted several PBS TV Art Series, and was recently listed as one of the nation’s top 20 teachers by a leading art magazine. Download the flyer here.
The focus of Pat Weaver’s workshop will be on teaching painting with a limited palette. Pat’s approach to painting is direct, loose, and spontaneous! Pat is an award winning artist whose work consistently receives high praise whether teaching painting workshops across the country or completing commissions for fine art pet portraits of dogs, cats, and other animals. She is a Signature Member, Life Member, and Past President of the Florida Watercolor Society. Download the flyer here.
For more information or to be added to our newsletter and receive updates on upcoming workshops, contact Education Director, Anissa Ford at 850-627-5023.
Download our workshop proposal form and submit it to our Education Director, Anissa Ford. Please note, at this time we cannot offer oil painting workshops in our studio.
Advanced high school art students are invited to our regular Thursday classes for free studio time. Students should have an interest in pursuing art in college or professionally, or have interest in the Advanced Placement Exam for Studio Art.
Currently open to students from East Gadsden High School, West Gadsden High School, Robert F. Munroe Day School and homeschool students upon request. Studio is open every Thursday from 1-5pm.
Information: 850-627-5023 or email Anissa.
Gadsden Arts offers a variety of exhibition interpretation materials for all visitors including Family Gallery Guides, Student Learning Guides, Gallery Didactics, Exhibition Catalogs, Token Response Gallery Game, Scavenger Hunts, and Audio Tours.
Current Exhibition Education Materials - FOUND: Vernacular Art & Gee's Bend Quilts
K-12 Exhibition Lesson Plans (free)
Audio Tour (free with admission)
Video Tour (available soon on YouTube)
Exhibition Catalog (download for free online or purchase in the Museum Shop)
Family Gallery Guides (see below)
Gadsden Arts can provide large-format versions of most materials upon request. Our goal is to provide exciting and educational experiences for all visitors so please contact our Education Director, Anissa Ford with any questions or special requests.
Families gain insight into the varied exhibitions of fine art in the galleries through fun facts, gallery activities, and discussion questions. Family Gallery Guides are offered free of charge with every new exhibition. Download current and past Family Gallery Guides by clicking on any of the exhibitions listed below.
Florida teachers, please note that Family Gallery Guides primarily address the Florida Common Core Standards of VA.C.1 (Cognition and reflection are required to appreciate, interpret, and create with artistic intent) and VA.O.1 (Understanding the organizational structure of an art form provides a foundation for appreciation of artistic works and respect for the creative process).
New to the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum are our exhibition audio tours, which include audio descriptions, background information on artists, and interpretive descriptions of several pieces on display. Available FREE when you visit Gadsden Arts. Audio Tours are provided on GAC iPod Shuffles & headphones.
Gadsden Arts invites educators to engage students in curriculum topics through art. Each school tour is led by an experienced docent and explores the galleries, teaching students to examine art critically. Exhibitions change quarterly so we recommend reviewing the current exhibitions before scheduling a tour.
If you would like to schedule a school tour, please review the following before contacting our Education Coordinator at 850-627-5023.
Annually, the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum presents the Art in Gadsden Student Poster Competition. The 28th Art in Gadsden Student Poster Competition was judged by the 27th Art in Gadsden Best of Show winner, Wendy Devarieux.
Gadsden & Leon county students (public, private, and homeschooled) and students of the Big Bend region were invited to participate in the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum's annual Student Poster Competition. This year's theme is COLOR. The award winners for 2016 are:
Best in Show: Alexis Campbell, Homeschool
First Place: Lily Akers, East Gadsden High School
Second Place: Hannah Kauffman, Christ Classical Academy
Third Place: Alaina Mohammed, Robert F. Munroe Day School
Honorable Mention: Jared Bell, Robert F. Munroe Day School
Honorable Mention: La’Keyah Robinson, East Gadsden High School
Honorable Mention: Liliana Galdamez, East Gadsden High School
For more information on student exhibitions and how to set up your class for an exhibition, please contact our Education Director at 850-627-5023.
The Gadsden Arts Alliance. which began in 2011, is a partnership with the Legacy School for the Performing Arts, that brings fine arts presentations to the elementary schools in Gadsden County. GAA is working with Gadsden County Public Schools to help remedy the lack of funding for art and music. Each visit to a Gadsden County school includes live presentations and performances for the student body, and a two or three week installation of a traveling Dean Mitchell exhibition, accompanied by a range of educational materials for teachers and students.
For more information on the critically-acclaimed and Quincy-native artist Dean Mitchell, and the series of framed prints that travel for the Gadsden Arts Alliance, please download our Educator Packet. This packet includes informational articles on Dean Mitchell, a list of works for the program, several lesson plans for grades 1-5, and a glossary.
To learn more, donate, or volunteer with the Gadsden Arts Alliance, please all 850-627-5020.
This program offers extra studio development for high school visual arts students planning to take the Advanced Placement Studio Art exam or pursue art academically or professionally. Our art instructors will work with highly interested students to develop advanced studio skills by teaching students to mat, frame, exhibit, market, write about, critique, and discuss their artwork. The goal is to assist students with satisfying the Advanced Placement requirements and collaborate with art teachers in Gadsden County high schools, while enhancing students' experiences in the art world. Participants are also encouraged to volunteer or intern at Gadsden Arts to learn about the art world from arts professionals.
Students from this program also have the opportunity to attend free Drawing & Painting classes on Thursdays from 3-5pm. Interested students should contact our Education Director to submit an application.
ArtReach Partnerships are opportunities to schedule free monthly visits with groups and organizations currently working in the community. In any ArtReach Partnership, students will tour the galleries, play interactive gallery games, and create art projects in our art studio. We encourage at least one visit per exhibition, as exhibitions change quarterly. In some cases, Gadsden Arts can also send an instructor into the community to work with groups such as tutoring programs and after-school care. Currently, off-site ArtReach Partnerships are FULL, however if you would like to be added to the waiting list, contact our Education Director.
Contact Anissa Ford, Education Director for more information at 850-627-5023.
2017 Summer Art Camp information, registration, and scholarship applications are now available!
The Gadsden Arts Center & Museum’s Summer Art Camp offers six weeks of creative fun with experienced art educators! Children ages 6-12 are invited to experiment with a variety of art mediums such as drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, clay, collage, assemblage, mixed-media, and more!
The goal of our “Art is...” Summer Camp is to create a fun, inspiring, and educational program where campers can build skills in the arts and find confidence!
Family fun awaits at the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum's Family Art Workshops! Bring your family and friends for unique craft and art activities for all ages. All materials provided and the cost is just $2 per child. Parents and grandparents are free and encouraged to join the fun! Please call to register by the Wednesday before each workshop.
Currently there are no Family Art Workshops scheduled for 2017 but be sure to check out our Spring Break Art Camp and Summer Art Camp programs!
Anissa Ford, Education Coordinator
2017 Spring Break Art Camp March 13-17, 9am-12pm
Please register by March 1
The elements of art are the "pieces of the puzzle" in art–the parts that you see that come together to create a work of art! Campers will learn about line, shape, form, color, value, space, and texture while creating original works of art through drawing, painting, printmaking, and more!
March 13-17, 9am-12pm
Please register by March 1
Download the flyer and registration form here.
Limited Partial Scholarships Available. Our one scholarship requirement is that your child really wants to attend art camp and learn about art! Apply for a camp scholarship by downloading the tuition scholarship application and submitting it with your registration form to Anissa Ford, Education Director.
For more information, contact Education Director, Anissa Ford at 850-627-5023
Help us bring the magic of art to our community!
Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed on this website do not necessarily represent those of the Florida Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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