Education is the cornerstone of the mission of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum, the only campus art museum in the greater Orlando area. The dynamic combination of permanent collection installations and traveling exhibitions provides many opportunities to engage visually, intellectually, and emotionally with significant works of art ranging from ancient to contemporary.
Our programs are tailored to meet the needs of K-12 and college students (from Rollins as well as other area colleges and universities), adults of all ages, and families from Winter Park, Orlando and the wider Central Florida community. Every year, we offer hundreds of tours (docent-led and audio), lectures, educational workshops and hands-on activities, films, and special members’ programs.
The Education Gallery
The Education gallery, made possible by a generous grant from the Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation and matched by the Galloway Foundation and members of the Board of Visitors of the museum, celebrates creativity by helping learners of all ages to discover the world of art. "Exposure to art, and participation in creative play as a first form of engagement, are extraordinarily beneficial in our children's cognitive and social growth. Museums are ideal places for that encounter to happen, and we are excited to have this new gallery here," said Ena Heller, Bruce A. Beal Director of the Cornell.
Introduced by videos that detail the museum experience and show local artist Barbara Sorensen at work, the new Education Gallery displays sculpture from the permanent collection and offers the following interactive play stations:
- Drawing Tours: Three different drawing tours (En plein air; The human form; Kid Doodles) encourage going through the galleries, careful looking, and playful drawing.
- Still-Life Station: Create a still life to rival the famous works of the old masters! Children explore spatial arrangement, perspective, proportion, and balance while designing their own composition, mixing everyday objects like fruit, vegetables, bowls, goblets, flowers, and animals.
- Build with Blocks: Let your imagination run wild with these foam blocks. Construct a tower, build a house or a fortress, make a ship, etc. With so many shapes to choose from, you can build anything!
- Mini Museum: Congratulations, you are the new curator of the mini museum. Design a unique visitor experience by arranging works on the gallery walls. Now, don't forget to include your visitors!