Harwood Educational Programs
One of the Harwood Museum of Art's main goals is to introduce and to make accessible the collection and special exhibitions to our entire community, young and old. Since our reopening in 1997, the Harwood has introduced thousands of children to the Museum. We have also established a series of innovative, regular art programs for children and families, and have provided outreach into our local schools. We believe introducing children to art at an early age provides countless benefits - encouraging creativity, building links to our histories and cultures, while also allowing for fun and experimentation.
Current Kids’ Programs include:
ART in the Schools - a program which serves over 570 students monthly from Enos Garcia Elementary School during the academic year. We also provide free tours / activities for other Taos County Schools, these visits need to be made in advance by contacting the education department. We can tailor your visit to your classes needs. Click here for more information or to schedule your class!
Home School @ The Harwood - The Harwood offers a free monthly an art enrichment program for home-school families monthly during the academic year on the last Monday of the month from 10-11:30am. This program seeks to make children comfortable with learning in the Museum environment and reinforces the belief that looking at and making art is a process of discovery. Click here for more information.
Art Explorations Workshops - A series of multi-day workshops scheduled during the summer and on school breaks. This program introduces kids to different themes in art, often aligned to current museum exhibitions. Guest artist instructors as well as museum educators present 2-projects daily over a four day period from Tuesday through Friday 10-noon. Art Explorations allow for more involved art-making, provide opportunities for friendships, and make children 100% comfortable in the Harwood Museum. The Fern Hogue Mitchell Education Center, the Harwood's Back-Yard Sculpture Garden as well as the Museum galleries are used in this program. Scholarships for this program are made possible by The Fasken Youth Arts Outreach and Scholarship Fund. For more information on Art Explorations Click Here.
Here is just one of the puppet shows created by the youth participating in Art Explorations: Puppets Perform with Christina Mas Oliver
Neighborhood Art Project - An outreach program of the Harwood Museum in collaboration with various local arts and service non-profit. Designed by artist/instructor Siena Sanderson NAP brings art activities directly into four low-income communities. Taking place in the summer this program is run by volunteers. The goal of this program is to encourage fun, creativity, friendship and to bring the art making directly to the kids in their backyards.