The Lyman Allyn Art Museum is closely monitoring the increase in Covid-19 cases within New London County. As a precautionary measure, we will not be scheduling any new private lessons through the end of December. Families who are already on our calendar may continue with their lessons at their own discretion.
Private lessons will not be offered between December 31, 2020 – January 9, 2021. Lessons will begin again on Tuesday, January 12 and will go through the end of June.
Lessons will be available Tuesday-Friday and scheduled within the museum’s normal business hours of 10:00 am-5:00 pm. Lessons will also be offered on Saturdays from 10:00 am-3:30 pm. Parents can choose either a 45, 60, or 90-minute lesson for their child(ren). Timeslots are on a first come, first serve basis and we will be adhering to a 30 minute break between lessons so staff can clean the art studio. Families who are comfortable with their children being together can partake in group lessons, but each lesson is limited to 6 children.
Private lessons are geared towards children ages 4-12.
- 45 minutes lesson:* $12.00 per child
- 60 minute lesson: $14.00 per child
- 90 minute lesson: $18.00 per child
E-mail Caitlin Healy, Director of Education, at email@example.com for scheduling and to inquire about sibling discounts.
*45 minute lessons can be taught virtually, but there is a three lesson minimum in order to do so. Lyman Allyn educators will put together an art kit with the materials necessary for all of the lessons. Art kits are to be picked up at the museum prior to the start of lessons. We cannot accommodate mailing art kits at this time.
Lesson themes will be based off on permanent and temporary exhibitions on view at the museum and can be designed and customized to fit the age and interests of the participant(s). Examples of possible themes are:
- Fun with Food
- Based off of Peter Anton’s delectable Sweet Dreams exhibit, participants will sculpt treats out of clay, design mosaics out of pasta, and learn the art of still-life drawing while in the galleries.
- Available through October 18, 2020.
- Exploring Whimsy and Humor
- Inspired by the Stains Remain exhibit from artist Michael Harvey, students will learn the history of conceptual art while creating their own dreamscape paintings.
- Available August 29 – November 1, 2020.
- Art Through Literature
- Students will explore the Young at Art: A Selection of Caldecott Book Illustration exhibition and can either create their own illustration based off of a scene from famous children’s books or author their own short story with illustrations to match!
- Available October 21 – November 30, 2020
- “Dis-Assemblage” Sculptures
- Looking to the Things Come Apart exhibition for inspiration, participants will design and create their own assemblage art sculpture based off of technology and modes of transportation.
- Available November 14, 2020 – February 7, 2021
- Texts, Symbols, and Imagery
- Participants will walk through the Memories, Dreams & Archetypes exhibit before moving on to the art studio to create their own mixed media artwork inspired by important phrases, memories, dreams, and images from their own life.
- Available November 21, 2020 – January 24, 2021
Health rules & guidelines
- Instructors will wear masks at all times. Per Lyman Allyn protocol, participants ages 6+ are required to wear masks when not in the art studio.
- Before entering the building, participants and staff will have their temperature checked using an infra-red, touchless thermometer. Participants and staff must agree to go home if their temperature reads as 100.4 F or greater. We will also be screening all children and staff for any noticeable illness, including coughing and respiratory distress.
- All participants and staff will be required to practice enhanced hand washing and health practices throughout the day.
- Each participant will be given their own art supply kit to use– no sharing! Kits will include a plastic smock, scissors, pencils, markers, etc. We will be requiring staff and participants to adhere to cleanliness policies including wiping down surfaces, art supplies and smocks after each lesson ends. The art studio will be thoroughly cleaned between lessons for new participants.