Classes

Art Classes at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens allow children, families, teens, and adults to explore their creative side while learning new skills, techniques, and styles. Students spend time in the Museum galleries and gardens to observe and study works of art and then take that inspiration back to the studio to create their own artwork. Each class is led by a local teaching artist.

For further information about classes, please email education@cummermuseum.org or call 904.356.6857.

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MY FIRST ART CLASS

Ages 3 through 5 with an adult

Four-week class on Saturdays, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Members $80 per pair, Non-Members $100 per pair
Registration required

In this four-week class, young children ages 3 to 5, with their favorite adult, will explore art and the Museum through play-filled activities and art projects. Each class includes a gallery or garden visit, art making, and sensory explorations. Class size is limited. Attended My First Art Class before? Come again, as each class series offer new experiences!

 

Upcoming session:
October 10, 17, 24, 31
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THINK LIKE AN ARTIST

Think Like an ArtistAges 6 through 8
Virtual four-week class on Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Members $90, Non-Members $120
Registration required

In this virtual four-week class for ages 6 through 8, students will explore drawing, paintingand more. Students will create sketchbooks, brainstorm, and develop their own original artwork while building skills and techniques in each medium. At the end of the class, each student will have their very own portfolio of original artwork and a sketchbook to keep the creativity growing. Attended Think Like An Artist before? Come again, as each class series offer new experiences!

 

Upcoming session:
October 10, 17, 24, 31
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ART PERSPECTIVES: SPACE

Art Perspectives

Ages 9 through 12
Virtual four-week class on Saturdays, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Members $120, Non-Members $160
Registration required

In this virtual four-week class for ages 9 through 12, students will learn to look at art through guided observation in the galleries, while building vocabulary to discuss different aspects of art. They will make notes on techniques and design in art field journals. Using this information they will create their own works of art in the studio while exploring and experimenting with various artistic techniques. 

 

Upcoming session:
October 10, 17, 24, 31
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ART EXPERIENCES: ACRYLIC PAINTING

Acrylic PaintingAges 18+
Six-week class on Wednesdays, 1 to 4 p.m.
Members $270, Non-Members $360
Registration required

Instructor Allison Watson introduces painting to beginning students and strengthens the skills of intermediate painters in this six-week class for adults. Learn composition for landscape and still life, color theory, and techniques in acrylic. Participants may sign up for multiple six-week classes. Limited class size. Supplies are not included. Click here for a supply list.

 

Upcoming session:
Oct. 21, 28; Nov. 4, 11, 18, 25
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ART EXPERIENCES: NATURE'S TEXTURES

Ages 18+
Three-week class on Wednesdays, 1 to 4 p.m.
Members $135, Non-Members $180
Class will be in the gardens; participants must wear masks and practice social distancing
Registration required

Instructor Allison Watson explores how to capture the many textures of nature into your two-dimensional works. This three-week class for adults is for both beginning students and intermediate painters. Learn composition for landscape and techniques in acrylic while enjoying the beautiful gardens of the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. Supplies not included. Limited class size. 

Upcoming session:
Dec. 2, 9, 16
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MEET THE TEACHING ARTISTS

Marie Escriba

Marie Escriba

Marie Escriba teaches art at Fishweir Elementary. Before joining the school system, she worked for twelve years as an art educator at the Jacksonville Public Library, Main branch. She has taught toddlers and preschoolers, as well as school-aged children and adults. Marie holds a BA in Art Education from the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM) as well as a MA in Art Education from the University of Florida. When teaching toddlers and preschoolers, she encourages them to explore and make art on their own; developing their fine motor skills, pre-literacy skills, and love of art.

 

Kimberly Thomas

Kimberly Thomas

Kimberly Thomas is a Philadelphia-born educator, artist, and researcher. She currently works as artist in residence for Nassau county public schools. As an educator, she focuses on building creative thought, problem solving, and experimentation in an increasingly digital world. In her research, she documents informal art practices of other cultures that are being lost as a result of globalization. She earned her BFA in Studio art from Kutztown University, is currently working on her thesis for her Masters in Arts Education from the University of Florida, and enjoys painting, drawing, and fiber work.

 

Victor ToribioVictor Toribio

Victor Toribio is currently the Jacksonville Science Festival Director and a fulltime science teacher. Victor is passionate about sparking interest in science and art and the advancement of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) for all. He is a graduate the University of North Florida, where he studied sociology and psychology. Victor is a self-made “Maker,” “Tinker,” and “DIY-er” (Do It Yourself-ER) and is proficient in 3D printing and micro-controller technology.

 

William McMahanWilliam McMahan

William McMahan is a burgeoning expressionist artist, and the Art Director for The Art League of Jacksonville (ALJ). He is a popular instructor, teaching weekly classes through ALJ, as well as workshops through the Cummer Museum and MOCA. He specializes in observational and portrait drawing, illustration, figure drawing, and printmaking. William studied abroad in Venice, received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Indiana University, and has displayed work in galleries and museums across the country. William is dedicated to continuing to empower artists, and enhance the arts in Jacksonville. For more information on William and to view his artwork, please visit his website: www.williammcmahanart.com.

 

Allison WatsonAllison Watson

Allison Watson has had over thirty solo exhibitions including shows at major Universities, private galleries and museums as well as many group shows. Some collectors include The First District Court of Appeals, Tallahassee, and the Jacksonville Office of the Mayor, Baptist Medical Center, Amazon Exhibitions, M C Anderson, The U.S. Embassy in Panama, Bell South, Jacksonville Libraries, Marriot Hotels, South Trust Bank, M C Anderson Hospital as well as many others including over four hundred private, public and corporate collections internationally. Watson has also worked as an animator, illustrator, textile artist, and art teacher and as a licensed interior designer, lecturer and is a qualified juror for art exhibits and fairs. Ms. Watson has been on the teaching staff of the Cummer Museum of Art for 20 years and also maintains a studio at the CoRK Art District.