At the Cummer you can enjoy hands-on art for children, explore the beautiful riverfront gardens, and view art masterpieces from ancient to modern times. The Art Connections section of the Cummer is a treasure trove of hands-on art experiences for the young and the young at heart. Art Connections has five main sections for your enjoyment. Picture Perfect allows the young artist to do a painting on a video screen, so no worries about the mess. You have the option to print your masterpiece out in the end. In the Face to Face exhibit, children do a self-portrait, also with the option to print it out when they are finished. Gallery Under Five is designed to introduce preschoolers to a small version of an art museum. In Visions/Versions, your young artists will learn how different artists interpret the world around them uniquely, examining how they use different mediums and art techniques. And finally, Creativity Timeline serves as a touchable art history lesson, covering art from prehistory to the present in chronological order.
If you are planning a family outing, and you love a bargain, you can get into the museum for free on Tuesday evenings from 4:00-9:00 pm. While you are there, you should also take a stroll in the gorgeous, riverfront garden. Grab some watercolors on your way out to the garden, find a comfortable spot at one of the old ironwork tables or on the grassy lawn, and create your own work of art to take home. The museum also hosts drop-in art classes for children ages 4-10 on Tuesday evenings from 5:00-6:00 for $5 per child. If you go other than Tuesday evening, regular admission rates apply as follows: adults are $10, students $6, and children ages 5 and under are free.
If you are a teacher or a homeschooler, field trips can be scheduled for groups at a discounted rate. See the website for more details: http://www.cummer.org/ The museum has programs geared for every age group, from preschool through high school. They have free supplemental materials online to enhance the field trip learning experience.
The Cummer also has special in-service educational opportunities for school teachers. The courses are free and are designed to help teachers learn how to incorporate art into their regular curriculum. The training is free of charge, and is available for all teachers, not just art teachers. Some of the training is available online. Check the website for current course offerings: http://www.cummer.org .