Education Programs at the Museum
In addition to directly promoting skills and understanding of the visual arts, the Museum recognizes the potential of arts education to serve as a means of academic advancement and personal and social development. To that end, the Museum offers a wide range of programs for children, adults, teachers, and families at the Museum, in the Long Beach schools, and throughout the community.
The community is invited to participate in the programs, services, and activities presented by the Education Department. Programs are designed to engage a variety of audiences with our collections and exhibitions through inquiry and an appreciation of the creative process. For more information about our programs, please contact Lisa Marsh at email@example.com or call 562-439-2119 ext. 255.
The following are the educational programs that are currently available:
KidsVisions is the Museum’s primary educational program, serving nearly 6,500 fifth-graders in the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) each year. The program is free of charge to all participants, including the costs for bus transportation, and adheres to California State Standards in the Visual Arts and other fifth-grade curriculum subjects, including mathematics, history, science and language arts. It is offered during the school year in order to serve all elementary schools in the LBUSD.
The program is multi-faceted with in-class visits by Museum educators for pre-visit activities, gallery tours, hands-on art-making activities, and pre-and post-lesson plans for teachers. In advance of each class visit, LBMA educators conduct orientations with students at their schools for their Museum visits. Teachers receive pre- and post-visit curriculum materials that align with in-class curriculum to prepare students for their trip to the Museum and to enhance their experience.
At the Museum, classes tour the galleries and interact with (view, discuss, draw, etc.) works of original art in a wide range of media. Students are exposed to art mediums, techniques and tools, are introduced to visual arts concepts, and actively engage with art vocabulary. KidsVisions tours are followed by hands-on art-making activities based on curriculum and tour content, and offer students opportunities to work with a variety of media, especially those not typically encountered in fifth-grade. Every summer an exhibition in the Toyota Children’s Gallery highlights examples of the KidsVisions’ projects done during the school year. Each student receives a free admission pass to return to the Museum with their families.
Schedule a KidsVisions Tour
KidsVisions tours can be scheduled online at http://bit.do/kidsvisions. Museum requests that there be one chaperone per ten students. Two weeks before each visit, Museum Educators visit each classroom to provide students with an overview of the museum. For more information please contact Lisa Marsh at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 562-439-2119 ext. 255.
The ongoing, year-round program includes gallery tours and art-making activities that meet California State Standards in the Visual and Performing Arts. During each academic year, educators individually schedule field trips to the Museum. Classes are divided into groups of ten to twelve children who tour the galleries to view, discuss, draw, and experience original works of art.
Children learn about a variety of art mediums, techniques and tools, are introduced to visual art concepts, and actively engage with visual arts vocabulary. Visits include tours of the Museum’s permanent collection and changing exhibitions, including exhibitions of children’s artwork in the Museum’s Toyota Children’s Gallery. In addition to the visual arts, connections are made to other curriculum subjects, and all programming aligns with California State Standards in the Visual and Performing Arts. After gallery tours, children engage in age-appropriate, hands-on art-making activities that focus on the media, techniques or themes of the exhibitions that they experience on their tours. Tours are free for all Long Beach Unified School District students. For all other school districts, the fee is $3 per student.
Schedule an LBUSD Tour
Family Artmaking Workshops
Family ArtMaking Workshops provide free family-oriented art-making activities on the Museum’s lawn with a view of the ocean. Parents and children participate together to create an art project. Workshops are inspired by the current exhibitions and include hands-on art-making projects. Family ArtMaking Workshops often spark a conversation between the multi-generational participants. During artmaking everyone has a smile on their face. Workshops are held from 11:00 a.m. – 3 p.m. every third Sunday of the month from September through June and every Sunday in July and August.
Check the Museum’s Calendar for upcoming Family Artmaking Workshops.
In 2012, the Long Beach Museum of Art and Millikan High School in Long Beach began a new Museum Studies program in which students learn how to curate and install exhibitions, and how to teach and lead tours about artworks. This pilot program provided students with meaningful and practical experience in visual arts and museum studies, and made important cross-curricular connections.
Designed for Junior and Senior high school students, the course provides a balanced visual arts program by explicating the role of museums as repositories and stewards of our shared visual culture. Students study art history and consider curatorship, education, publishing, conservation, administration, and more, to develop and install exhibitions.
Students receive curricular Academic Service Learning credit from Millikan High School and are eligible for University of California transfer credit. Students are trained by educators from the Museum for experience in public outreach, gallery education, and museum operations. The results, beyond educational credits, include the planning and installation of a student art exhibition, which is subsequently installed at the LBMA.
Bring your community group to the museum for a tour. Community tours are designed for groups such as Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Campfire Girls, after school programs and senior groups. Tours of the Museum are led by Museum Educators and/or LBMA trained Docents who will engage participants to look deeply and freely discuss the artwork. Student group tours include a hands-on artmaking workshop led by a Museum Educator.
Tours are offered from 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Thursday-Sunday and are subject to availability. All groups over 7 people (including chaperone) must schedule a visit. $3 per person. Self-guided tours are limited to 15 participants at one time in the Museum.
Schedule a Community Tour
Community Tours can be scheduled online at http://bit.do/communitytours. For more information or to schedule a Community Tour, please contact Lisa Marsh at email@example.com or call 562-439-2119 ext. 255.
Monthly workshops led by museum educators or artists are offered for adults. Prices vary depending on the artists and the materials.
Check the Museum’s Calendar for upcoming Adult Artmaking Workshops.
The Long Beach Museum of Art provides space for local artists to create their work while interacting with Museum visitors over a period of several months in the Ralston Family Learning Center at the Museum. The Museum schedules two to four residencies per year. This is part of a long tradition at the Museum to bring contemporary artists and the public into closer communication. Past residencies have included poets, painters, video artists, and more recently installation-based artists. Whenever feasible, the residency is also aligned with current exhibitions and/or with artists whose works are represented in the Museum’s permanent collection. The artist-in-residence works on site days when the Museum is open to the public, school children and families.
Upcoming Artist Residencies
Check the Museum’s Calendar for more information about current and upcoming residencies.
This program was launched in January 2014 to showcase artists whose work is being displayed in the museum, or have a connection to the museum to speak about their work and/or the current exhibition.
Upcoming Artist Talks
Please check the Museum’s Calendar for upcoming Artist Talks.
This program held every Friday from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., is an informal tour of the galleries led by a trained and knowledgeable Docent. Patrons are able to discuss the artwork in the current exhibitions, learn about the history of the Museum campus, or chat about the artwork that the Docents are passionate about. These free tours are a great way to explore the galleries and have a casual and personal educational museum experience.
Upcoming Art Chat Tours
Please check the Museum’s Calendar for upcoming Art Chat tours.