Coming to Life
Experiencing Art Firsthand
By engaging with original works of art, museum visitors can locate themselves within conceptual spaces that reference diverse human experiences.
Art Education at the Susquehanna Art Museum takes many forms and involves students of all ages! No experience in the arts compares with viewing the primary source – original works of art. Textures and materials come to life when students see works of art firsthand. Original works of art connect students (and visitors) to the historical and cultural context in which these artworks are made; provide a forum to understand art as way of communicating and reflecting important ideas and serve as inspiration for self-reflection.
ENGAGING WITH WORKS OF ART
We strive to inspire life-long learning in visitors of all ages through unique educational experiences with original and significant artworks. Adult Classes at Susquehanna Art Museum are designed to engage both artists (and art appreciators) of all levels in dialog, creation, and critical thinking.
Youth Classes at Susquehanna Art Museum offer a space for young artists to connect with original artwork through age-appropriate exploration of creative processes. We provide opportunities for kids to consider the artist as well as the various contexts that impacted the artist’s process. Finally, trained art educators lead them through artmaking techniques ranging from traditional to the innovative.
Schools and student groups from our community and throughout our region schedule visits to SAM during the school year and summer. School visits are uniquely customized to make connections between our current exhibitions and the students’ existing curricular goals.
One of the greatest challenges facing the Susquehanna Art Museum during the Covid-19 pandemic is having to restrict access to the museum and the original works of art on view. Now you can explore our exhibits and interactive educational content from the comfort of your own living room or classroom.
Monthly Instructed Life Drawing Class
Artists of all levels are invited to this opportunity to hone observation and drafting skills. The benefit of studying the human form is that you begin to see the beauty in art, in humanity, and in your own expression.
This class is for adults 18+. Interested high school students must have parental approval.
Saturday Morning Art Club
The Susquehanna Art Museum offers kids ages 4-7 years old an opportunity to explore concepts, techniques, artists and ideas! Experienced art educators introduce the students to art on view in the museum and then make valuable connections through hands-on activities in the Education Center!
Young Artist Camp
Young artist camp is a workshop for students ages 8-12 years old. Each session provides our growing artists unique opportunities to explore the current exhibitions and try new techniques, or experiment with traditional and new materials. Since our older kids can handle more challenging concepts, sometimes our projects will continue over more than one session. The instructor is an experienced art educator who builds a curriculum of exciting projects that will help our students grow and develop their skills.
A Cool Week in August
This week-long workshop for students ages 6-8 is a summer escape to the coolest art museum! Students will explore the artwork on view, work outdoors, and take over the Education Center. The instructor is an experienced art educator who will challenge new artists with skill-building art projects that help students tap into their creativity.
Workshop dates are M-F August 9th -13th. Start time is 10:15am and pick-up is 12:30pm.
New Virtual Workshop For Advanced, Young Artists and Teens (Ages 10+)
Do you know a young artist who wishes that they were able to choose what they get to make and do in their art classes? We are introducing a new virtual 8-session workshop for artists (10 years old and up) who are looking for personalized instruction and more complex challenges!
Attendees will not be considered students. Instead, they will be co-creators with other young artists and a local designer and art teacher, Sarah Steinhauer. Each co-creator will work individually and as a group, diving deep into favorite ways of making art, and learning some cool new skills along the way.
We can’t wait to meet you and build a new creative community! This workshop includes 8 90-minute online sessions customized by instructor Sarah Steinhauer to suit the attendees. The fee for the workshop is $80. Sarah will provide a list of suggested supplies that can be used during the workshop. However, she will also provide alternate suggestions for making or upcycling materials. For example, these are two great resources for finding upcycled art supplies: 1) in Ephrata called Art of Recycle – Community Art Center, Nonprofit, Teacher Resources | Art of Recycle, and 2) in Hanover called Little Art Bank – Art Supply Store, Arts and Crafts, Workshops. *It is not mandatory for students to purchase new art supplies to participate in this workshop.
Interested parents, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Sarah intends to contact interested parents via survey to customize the most convenient schedule for the 8 online sessions.
Partner in Art Education
The mission of Artistic Expressions is to bring together students from a multitude of different secondary schools with aspirations and endeavors in the fine arts within exhibition opportunities, collaborative events and education.