Any school or organization is welcomed to bring students to view our galleries either on their own or with an educator to help engage students with the artwork. Our docent’s time with students will change how kids regard museum and gallery visits—with open discussions about why they’re sometimes boring and how to get something out of every piece of art. This option also serves as professional development for school staff seeking to increase critical thinking in the classroom; teachers can easily replicate the demonstrated Visual Thinking Strategies discussion format for any subject matter. This simple method allows quiet students to confidently contribute to a student-led conversation that naturally encourages listening to one another and adding in one’s own existing knowledge and perspective to the conversation.
Schools can additionally choose to include a hands-on art making activity in our Bridge Studio. Our educator leads an esteem-building art process that compliments the approach of the artist(s) featured in the gallery.
A fee of $15 per student applies to groups outside of public schools wishing to enjoy an art activity as part of their visit. Call our office (207) 338-2222 to book your day and time.
We also offer specialized experiences for students over age 12 in our glassblowing studio. If your group wishes to create something to take home (objects must cool down overnight and can be picked up anytime the following day or can be shipped by our staff), an additional fee will be assessed.
Need a ride? Check out the Maine Arts Commission’s transportation funding program here.
Our Kids and Families Program Manager and lead educator, Bridget Matros, is a teaching artist on the Maine Arts Commission’s roster of qualified and experienced educators who visit classrooms across Maine and beyond.
Contact us to explore possibilities for customized programs for your school or program.
Following CDC recommendations and guidelines, Waterfall Arts will no longer require masking, proof of vaccination, or a negative COVID test for patrons, students, or visitors to attend classes, openings or any events at the Waterfall Arts building.