Laguna Art Museum offers a wide variety of educational programming year-round for all ages.
In conjunction with its exhibitions, the museum offers many informative, interactive, and educational lectures and workshops throughout the year. Programmed events are free to members and free to non-members with paid admission. Please check the museum’s website periodically for information on upcoming lectures with experts and curators, workshops with artists, and hands-on art activities for families.
For each exhibition, Laguna Art Museum offers interactive school tours for all grade levels free of charge. Tours are facilitated by trained docents and designed to let students be active participants in the process of looking at, learning about, and enjoying art. The education department consults closely with teachers to ensure that thematic tours enhance classroom learning and support curriculum objectives. Whenever possible, the museum also offers an art-making activity in conjunction with a tour.
The museum offers interactive exhibition tours led by a trained docent for all groups. Contact the museum two weeks in advance to schedule a school or group tour of the museum’s exhibitions. Docents are also available for walk-in tours every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 11:00 a.m. beginning one week after an exhibition opens to the public. Walk-in tours are free for museum members, and free for non-members with museum admission.
|Young Artists Society Gallery
The Young Artists Society Gallery features rotating exhibitions of art created by K-12 students from various Orange County schools. Students in the Young Artists Society Gallery exhibitions receive recognition and value for participating in artistic activities, and experience the behind-the-scenes workings of the museum.
|Elements of Art Summer Camps
Elements of Art Summer Camps at Laguna Art Museum explore the elements of line, shape, form, space, color, and texture. Students learn about each element by creating their own unique art works, while being inspired by the art on display in the museum. Camps take place in the summer and are open to first through eighth grade students, and projects vary in complexity according to the student’s age.
|Kids’ Art Studio
Kids’ Art Studio is a hands-on art-making program offered by Laguna Art Museum on a drop-in basis on the third Sunday of every month between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m.
Laguna Art Museum offers volunteer internships for college students and recent college graduates. Although interns are assigned to a specific department, Laguna Art Museum endeavors to expose its interns to the complete inner-workings of the museum. Thus interns will participate in various projects interdepartmentally and have the opportunity to actively observe and participate in many areas of the museum’s operations.
Docents form an essential part of Laguna Art Museum’s education department. They are highly-trained volunteers who lead interactive tours of museum exhibitions for visitors of all ages. Through facilitating discussion and learning, docents enhance the visitor experience and provide a vital link between the art and the audience.
|Art Detective Game
Laguna Art Museum offers the popular “Art Detective Game” for children ages 12 and under, whose admission to the museum is also free. The game is designed like a scavenger hunt with questions and clues relating to the museum’s various exhibitions, and creates unique opportunities for children to discuss the art on display with their parents. Each question engages the child’s visual thinking with fun and educational questions.
Educational programming at Laguna Art Museum is generously supported by the Orange County Community Foundation, the McBeth Foundation, the Pacific Life Foundation, Bobbi Cox, Colleen McCallion, Donnie Crevier of Crevier Classic Cars, the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts Foundation, and the Laguna Art Museum Arts Council.