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The Tarble Arts Center offers a wide variety of educational and community engagement programs, designed for area schools and the general public, including:

  • School Enrichments (tours combined with participatory workshops)
  • Arts-In-Education artist-residency for participating schools
  • Guided tours of the exhibitions for schools and other groups
  • Non-credit art classes and workshops for all ages*
  • Classes for homeschooled youths
  • Group tours to area museums to view special exhibitions
  • Touring exhibitions designed for libraries and other public spaces
  • Cooperative activities, including support for touring children’s theatre.

*Teachers please note: Most Tarble Arts Center classes may be taken for Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Contact the office at 217-581-2787 for more information.

For more information contact the curator of education at 217-581-2787 or email kmorice@eiu.edu.

Education and Outreach Program Information

School Programs

Education and outreach programming designed for public school populations is a major focus for the Tarble Arts Center. These programs serve as a valuable classroom resource for east-central Illinois schools. They are funded in part by Tarble Arts Center membership contributions, the Illinois Arts Council Agency, and other co-sponsors as listed.

 

Fifth-Grade Enrichment

A tour/studio program, the Fifth Grade Enrichment is offered during the spring for area fifth grade classes. In this two-hour program, students view and discuss objects on exhibition, and then apply some of the information learned through a hands-on art project. Subjects frequently deal with the culture and customs of other countries and civilizations, and “enrich” subjects taught in the classroom. Registration for this free program begins in December. Underwritten by First Mid-Illinois Bank and Trust.


Junior/Senior High Art Enrichment

The Junior/Senior High Art Enrichment Program combines a tour and studio experience, and is offered free of charge to junior and senior high school Art classes in the eight county area in October and November. Over a two and one-half hour visit students tour an exhibition, are exposed to new vocabulary and concepts, and create an original art work using challenging techniques and materials. To ensure the quality of the experience, group size is limited to approximately twenty-five students. Underwritten by First Mid-Illinois Bank and Trust.


Arts-in-Education Artist Residency

Through this program designed and supported by the Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA), a professional artist works with students in the classroom. The artist is selected from a roster compiled by the IACA and spends one week at each participating school as well as a “Core Group” class offered at no charge to community members. New approaches, concepts and media are emphasized. A one-month program held each fall, the Arts-in-Education residency is built upon a collaboration between participating public schools, the Illinois and Coles County Arts Councils, and the Tarble. Teachers interested in becoming involved in future residency programs should contact the Curator of Education in Nov. for the following school year.

 

Children’s Art Exhibition

The annual Children’s Art Exhibition is held at the Tarble Arts Center in May and provides an opportunity for area art teachers to showcase their programs. Organized in cooperation with the area art teachers, this exhibition features works in a variety of art media by area K-12th grade students. Exhibition participation packages are mailed to Art teachers in January.

 

Teachers’ In-Service Workshops

The Tarble hosts hands-on workshops for area teachers in conjunction with the Arts-in-Education Residency program and an annual workshop co-sponsored with the Illinois Art Education Association. CEU's toward teacher re-certification are available for workshop participants.

 

Guided Tours of Exhibitions

Docent-led tours are available throughout the year for most exhibitions. These guided tours provide a structured opportunity to learn about and discuss the art exhibited. Arrangements for tours should be made a minimum of two weeks in advance of the tour date requested. In addition to schools, docent-led tours are also available to youth and civic groups.

 

Public Programs

Non-Credit Classes and Workshops

Non-credit classes and workshops are offered in the fall, spring, and summer to community members aged four through adult. Information describing the offerings, including schedules and fees, are available in August for fall classes, in January for spring classes, and in May/June for summer workshops. In addition to the spring, summer, and fall class sessions, the Tarble provides art instruction in the spring and fall for area homeschooled youths aged 4 through 14.

 

Group Tours to Area Museums

Group trips are offered to view special exhibitions at area museums in Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis. Fees and schedules vary according to available exhibitions.


Offsite and Outreach Programs

Traveling Exhibit of Area Schools’ Student Art

Through a partnership with Consolidated Communications Inc., Cultivating Creativity: Consolidated Communications Traveling Children’s Exhibition, an exhibit of art selected from the annual Children’s Art Exhibition, is toured throughout east-central Illinois to showcase area school art programs, demonstrate the importance of the arts in the school curriculum, and encourage interest in the visual arts; this program is sponsored by Consolidated Communications.

 

Cancellation and Refund Policy

The Tarble Arts Center has the option of canceling a class or workshop if there are fewer than the minimum number of students required. If the Tarble Arts Center cancels a class due to insufficient enrollment, the class fee will be refunded. A student withdrawing from a class after enrolling must notify the Tarble Arts Center on or before the registration deadline to receive a full class refund. Because classes are funded on a break-even basis, no refunds will be made for withdrawals after the registration deadline.