Fifth Grade Art Experience Celebrates 30 Years!

Fifth Grade Art Experience

MAM will launch the 30th Annual Fifth Grade Art Experience in early October when the first fifth grade class of the season walks through the museum doors. These fifth graders will join company with 50 other classes this year who will visit MAM for a contemporary art experience to engage students visually and intellectually. Students are fortunate to have Stephen Glueckert, a longtime Missoula artist and recently retired senior curator at MAM, as one of the teachers for the Fifth Grade Art Experience. His tactile kinetic sculptures will be the core exhibit for the Fifth Grade Art Experience program this year. Glueckert will be among several other gifted art teachers selected for the project who will illuminate students with knowledge of art education, art processes and techniques, and most importantly the overall nurturing of each student’s creativity. To learn more about the Fifth Grade Art Experience or to volunteer as an Art Guide, contact Renee Taaffe, Curator of Education.

Read about Jennifer Ogden's experience when she visited from Victor with her Fifth Grade Class.

Art Guides

MAM's Art Guide Program trains dedicated individuals to lead tours of our exhibitions for all ages. Employing the Visual Thinking Strategies approach - developed by MoMA's Philip Yenawine - Art Guides reach our audiences by helping them learn to look at, appreciate, and respond to contemporary art. If you're passionate about art and enjoy sharing the museum experience, the Art Guide Program is perfect for you! Please click here to download an application. If you would like to find out more, please contact Renee Taaffe, Curator of Education, at 406.728.0447 ex. 228 or via email.

Winter/ Spring 2017 ART GUIDE TRAININGS:

MAM is always looking for volunteers to help out with this creative, educational endeavor. Please call Renee Taaffe, Curator of Education at 728-0447, Ext. 228 to find out more. Those who are interested can also just show up at one of sessions listed below. This is a series of training sessions presented by MAM curators to prepare those who wish to volunteer as Art Guides (docents) for the Fifth Grade Art Experience and for other visiting tour groups.

Upcoming Art Guide Trainings:

Thursday, January 12, 10 AM
Explore and learn about the interactive art of Colville tribe artist RYAN! Feddersen and view MAM's Art of the Auction Exhibition.

Thursday, February 23, 3 PM: Tour and discuss the works of Sheila Miles and Jerome Rankin; then stay and enjoy yourself at the Fifth Grade Art Guide Volunteer Appreciation Hour from 4–5 PM. Share stories and celebrate the hard work you put into making this program a success. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served!

Friday, March 3, 7 PM: Art Guides are invited to attend the First Friday gallery talk with RYAN! Feddersen.

Saturday, March 4, 11 AM: Art Guides are invited to attend the Saturday + artist talk with RYAN! Feddersen.

Friday, April 7, 7 PM: Art Guides are invited to attend the First Friday gallery talk with Sheila Miles.

Saturday, April 8, 11 AM: Art Guides are invited to attend the Saturday + artist talk with Sheila Miles.

If you are interested in participating in the program, free-of-charge, please email: This program is generously sponsored by the Art Associates of Missoula.

TOURS: MAM is an exciting and enriching place to bring your class. With seven galleries, there is always a choice of exhibitions to offer a rich selection of visual food for thought and pleasure for viewers of all ages. To reserve a tour with a trained docent or staff person please give three weeks notice. MAM will send information about the current exhibitions with suggested pre-visit activities geared to your class's grade level upon request. Click here to e-mail for a tour request.

Montana Treasures : Jaune Quick -to -See Smith and Rudy Autio

MAM now has a broad assortment of online cross-curriculum lesson plans and activities associated with two premiere artists from the MAM Permanent Collection: Jaune Quick-to-See Smith and Rudy Autio. Please feel free to use any of these materials, which will enrich and guide your students in a greater understanding of Montana culture and its artistic legacy.

Learning Through Art:Corwin (Corky) Clairmont and Jaune Quick-to-See Smith

MAM Art Guides use the Visual Thinking Strategies in facilitating discussion around museum art works. See how the Visual Thinking Strategies can help develop the Common Core Standards in your classroom . Watch the Visual Thinking Strategies Video:

Visit Stephen Glueckert in his studio to hear his advice to students about making art:

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