The SCAD Art Museum offers summer classes for children and teens in Savannah GA

Has summer brought your teenager home staring in the fridge like, “Mom, am I bored? “

Or are you a high school art teacher looking for new ideas for the classroom and in need of inspiration? Maybe you found yourself walking around the city center thinking, “I would love to check out some contemporary art right now, where to go?” “

The SCAD Museum of Art is the answer to all of these dilemmas.

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This summer, the museum offers a range of activities for community members of all ages. Teens can learn sword fighting techniques in a live role-playing workshop, while teachers can explore alternative printing methods in the printmaking workshop. Plus, kids three and up can learn about the art and artists at story time on the first Saturday of each month.

SCAD Summer Teen Night workshop on June 4 at the SCAD Museum of Art

“We are delighted to launch our summer programming,” said Kristin Poitras, museum tours coordinator. “It’s about reaching new and diverse groups and letting people know that we are here and happy to share in the community space. “

Right before the COVID closures, the museum began offering tours with an ASL interpreter. The idea arose out of necessity when two years ago a woman called to schedule a visit for her and her son. She asked if a sign language interpreter could be provided since her son was deaf.

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Poitras got to work and within weeks was able to arrange an ASL interpreter and a student guide for the tour.

“We have hearing-impaired students at SCAD,” Poitras said. “So it makes sense that we could offer tours here for hearing-impaired visitors. It’s another way to please people and expand our reach. “

SCAD Summer Teen Night workshop on June 4 at the SCAD Museum of Art

ASL tours are offered twice a month and registration is done online in the museum’s calendar.

16-year-old Nora Tin has attended two of the museum’s Teen Nights and enjoys learning about new artists and some of the techniques they use in their work. Before the group begins the craft for the evening, they take a tour and listen to a short talk relevant to the current project.

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“The project hosts first demonstrate the craft and I learned new methods and techniques that I never would have thought of,” Tin explained. “For example, at Monoprint Magic Night, I learned how to add and remove color in the engraving. During the Remix Reclaimed Jewelry Night, I learned that everyday items or even old broken jewelry have beauty and value. I learned that it was okay to “overwork” the room. If I was not satisfied with the result of my jewelry or the canvas, I could continue to work on it or add more.

SCAD Summer Teen Night workshop on June 4 at the SCAD Museum of Art

The upcoming Teen Night in July features mock swordfights, while the next one focuses on photography. Both workshops last two hours, cost $ 10, and come with a take-home lunch at the end of the experience.

In April, Rosie Dodson, a visual arts teacher at Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools, attended the Engraving Techniques for Educators Workshop. The class focused on the work of Helen Frankenthaler and her alternative approaches within the medium. Linoleum cuts and Gelli’s plates, a type of printmaking where gelatin plates are used to print images, were some of the techniques explored by Dodson and his colleagues.

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“We experimented with a lot of layering,” Dodson said. “The Gelli plates created more abstract images and the linoleum sections were more realistic, like traditional printing. The workshop highlighted how Frankenthaler really focused on taking risks, that it’s safe and that failure is a learning process. Taking risks and not being afraid to try new things are very teachable concepts from this experience.

From left to right: Brandon Halkitis, doctoral and undergraduate student in architecture, and Lavanya Radhakrishnan, doctoral student and architecture, graduate student at the SCAD Museum of Art.

The workshop also includes ways to modify the material to fit a high school‘s artistic budget. The next printmaking workshop for educators will take place on Friday August 20 and teachers can register online.

Anyone in the community can visit and tour the SCAD Art Museum. General admission is $ 10. Seniors enter for $ 8. Students can view it for $ 5, while kids 14 and under are free. Military members on active duty also enter free from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

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