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.
The Junior/Senior High Art Explorations 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.
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. For more information about this program, please contact the Tarble before April of each year.
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.
A tour/studio program, the Fifth Grade Explorations 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.
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.
Traveling Exhibit of Area Schools’ Student Art
Each year, 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.