Virtual Programs are sponsored by the Ike, Molly & Steven Elias Foundation
Generous funding for these programs provided by
Create art like you see at the Museum in studio art classes led by teaching artists with experience guiding participants of all levels of art making and interests. Offered virtually or in-person at The Manes Center, opportunities for personal expression in various media and subject matter are practiced in both group and individual instruction. Helping artists discover, learn, and practice art-making skills and processes.
Fall and Winter Art Classes
ADULTS and TEENS
Live on-line art classes are taught by an instructor via Zoom, and allow for virtual interaction between the instructors and class participants. Learn from live demonstrations and practice in the comfort of your own space.
In-person studio art classes are offered on-site at the Museum in The Manes Center. Participants practice art making with an instructor and classmates in our studios with attention to Covid-19 safety guidelines.
Family Programs provide children and their adult companions the opportunity to connect while viewing and making art together. Each week we offer projects that encourage curiosity, experimenation and creative thinking through a variety of experiences and materials inspired by current artworks on view in our galleries.
The Nassau County Museum of Art welcomes everyone to visit and explore art in a welcoming and creative learning environment. We recognize the diversity of our general public’s abilities, needs, and interests and offer a variety of customized programs and services to ensure accessibility of the museum to all visitors.
Free Sensory Tool Kit for Museum and Home Use
Pick up a Sensory Kit at the admission desk when you visit the museum. Kits contain a selection of items that include Texture Squares, Stress Balls, Loofah, Liquid Motion Bubbler, Visual Aids with pictures and guided prompts to lessen the stress from visiting a museum and to make the visit to the museum a richer experience.
Designed to provide a multi-sensory museum experience for people with ASD and their families & care partners, these kits can be used to assist visitors as they explore the art in our galleries and then be brought home to continue the creative experience.
A Social Story
A Trip to Nassau County Museum of Art
Download our Social Guide: A Trip to the Nassau County Museum of Art, which provides an introduction to the museum for first-time visitors, families or visitors with developmental disabilities. Having this prior knowledge helps to alleviate the stress and anxiety often experienced when visiting a new environment. Parents, educators and caregivers can review this guide at home or school to learn what to expect during their visit. The Social Guide is made possible by funding from North Shore Autism Circle.
A Sensory Map
Download our Sensory Map: Tips for Navigating the Museum to identify sensory friendly spaces within the Museum. Use this as a guide for finding spaces that will likely be quieter and less crowded and for finding areas where there is usually seating and where you can take a break. This Sensory Map is made possible by funding from Autism Speaks.
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Programs For K-16
For the 2021-22 School Year, NCMA will offer school programs at the museum and online. Both options offer live lessons with NCMA educators.
For onsite programs, please note that we can only accommodate 2 classes during one school visit. Classes may be divided into smaller groups upon arrival. Visitors of all ages must be masked and follow current social distancing guidelines while inside the museum.
Who we are:
The Nassau County Museum of Art is located on the former 145 acre estate of the Frick family who lived here from 1919 to 1965. Today, NCMA, a nationally landmarked historic home serves as a fine art gallery featuring three exhibitions a year, a sculpture garden with over 40 large scale works as well as an arboretum with hiking trails throughout. We invite school children of all ages for guided visits to the museum for the changing exhibitions as well as the opportunity to explore the natural surroundings and sculpture garden.
What we believe:
At NCMA we welcome and celebrate every voice, as K-12 students connect and respond to works of art through inquiry-based discussion and guided experiences, creating an environment of discovery and reflection. Our exhibitions present a diversity of artists, styles, time periods, and geography and our programs encourage students to see their own life experiences as valued and integral to meaning making. Embracing the goals of DEAI (Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, Inclusion) and aligned with the principles of NY State’s Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education Framework, our school programs seek to develop visual literacy, communication skills, critical thinking, self-expression and tolerance. We are inclusive by design and are committed to providing programs that are accessible for all students. Viewing art through a multi – disciplinary lens, we encourage classes in all subject areas to participate in our programs.
Please schedule your program 4-6 weeks in advance. For more information please email Rebecca Hirschwerk, Manager of School programs at email@example.com or send us a message through the form below.
Visit us online or onsite in small groups
Professional Development K-16
The museum offers both live, online professional development workshops as well as small group on site workshops. Workshops are designed to engage teachers and administrators in participatory and meaningful experiences. NCMA Education Staff tailors workshops to meet individual classroom needs. All programs serve to introduce the museum as a resource for teaching, classroom learning and self care.
Teachers receive CTLE credit and a certificate of participation for all Professional Development Workshops.
To Schedule an On site Workshop, contact Laura Lynch, Director of Education firstname.lastname@example.org
To Schedule an Online Workshop, contact Rebecca Hirschwerk, Manager of School Programs email@example.com
Onsite Professional Development
*1 Museum Grounds and Galleries Workshop with museum educator
*Up to 10 school educators/administrators maximum
*Meets all social distance guidelines and recommendations
Please contact Laura Lynch at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire.
Online Professional Development
*1 live, online workshop from the Museum with NCMA Education Staff
*K-16 educators and administrators explore how the Museum and works of art can serve as a resource for teaching
*Workshops are object/art centered; inquiry based, and are designed to engage viewers in participatory experiences and to address NYS Learning and Common Core Standards
*25 participants maximum
SELECT 1 OF THE FOLLOWING LIVE STREAMED OPTIONS WHEN BOOKING AND LET US KNOW YOUR PREFERRED PLATFORM:
*MUSEUM LIVE! Explore works of art from the Museum’s current exhibition inside the gallery (Educator’s Guide included)
*SCULPTURE STROLL! Visit a sculpture or two from the Museum Grounds.
*SOCIAL PRACTICE: Use works of art on a virtual platform to explore current social issues.
*EMOTIONAL WELL BEING: Use works of art to help create mindful opportunities for reflection.
Please contact Rebecca Hirschwerk email@example.com to inquire.
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