Tours & Outreach

Tours & Hands-on

Gallery Tours at the Quincy Art Center
Groups can enjoy a 15-minute introductory tour to the current exhibits for $1 per person. Take advantage of a more in-depth 30 minute engaged tour for $2 per person. There is a minimum of 5 people per tour. Consider combining this program with a painting lesson or other project. 

Tour & Hands-on Explore the galleries with a guided tour then create a hands-on art activity! Tour & Hands-on activities are for all ages & last one hour. Costs are $3 per participant. Scholarships are available. Chaperons are free. Download the Ed. Outreach Flyer!

There is a minimum of 9 students and a max of 40 students. See the exhibition calendar! Hands-on activity options are below. Call 223-5900 to book!

Cool Collagraphy

Create one of a kind prints! Make a printing plate using heavy paper, cardboard, & more materials to learn about composition & texture. See Cool Collagraphy lesson plan.

Elements/Principles of Design: Balance & Repetition

Art History: Elementary collagraphic techniques can be dated back to 19th century.

Color by Expression

Create an abstract painting using tempera cake paints on watercolor paper! Learn about basic color theory! See Color by Expression lesson plan.

Element/Principles: Color, the element of art made up of three properties:  hue, value, and intensity.

Art History: Pablo Picasso & Mark Rothko

Creative Quilling

Roll, shape, and glue strips of paper together to create decorative designs! Paper quilling will be used to investigate patterns & forms. See Creative Quilling Lesson Plan

Elements/Principles: Shape Form

Art History:  Renaissance and Colonial periods.  During the Renaissance, French and Italian nuns and monks used quilling to decorate book covers and religious items.

Human Figure Sculpture

Create a human figure out of tin foil! Use the concept of “ideal proportions” as explored by artist Leonardo Da Vinci. Sculptures will focus on movement & space! See Human Figure Sculpture lesson plan.

Element/PrinciplesSpace Movement

Art History: Leonardo Da Vinci

Ready, Set, Action!

Draw the human figure in action using quick lines! Students will be introduced to gesture drawing and create several figure drawings using pastel chalk. See Ready, Set, Action lesson plan.

Elements/Principles of Design: Line & Movement

Art History:  Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, & Jean-Michel Basquiat

Pottery Wheel

Learn how to throw on the pottery wheel! Learn about clay, tools, and the kiln. Students must be in 4th grade or older. There is a maximum of 9 students at a time. See Pottery Wheel lesson plan. 

Element/Principles: Form & Scale

Art History: Artists have been making clay vessels for thousands of years.  Pottery comes in all different sizes, shapes and colors. It can be used for many things.



Outreach Activities

Enhance your event! Make & Take art activities are fun for all ages and great for events & groups! Costs are $48 for 1 hr + $24 per each additional hr for Art instructor to lead activities at your event. Material fees are in addition to instructor fees & will be based off your projected attendance. Call 223-5900 to book!

Outreach Activities Application

Thank you for your interest in having the Art Center at your event! Instructors provided will be professional art educators so as to provide you with a quality experience. To assure a successful event and a positive experience, complete the Outreach Activities Application in its entirety at least 10 business days prior to your event. Thank you!

Draw to Draw

Take turns drawing a shape out of a hat & then drawing it on your paper. Layer different shapes & add color to create an abstract composition! See Draw to Draw lesson plan.

Elements/ Principles of Art: Line & Shape

Art History: Joan Miro, Spanish, 1893-1983

Face Painting

Turn your patrons into works of art! Request special characters and colors to go along with your event! See Face Painting lesson plan.

Elements/Principles of Art: Space

Art History: Face painting has been dated to as far back as Pleistocene Epoch or Neanderthal Era. It is used in rituals, festivals, war, and art!

Line Sculpture

Create a paper sculpture! Turn paper strips & glue into wiggles, curves and zigzags. The possibilities are endless! See Line Sculpture Lesson Plan

Art History:

Vocabulary: Sculpture, the art of making two or three-dimensional forms.

Pottery Wheel Throwing

Your group will learn how to throw on the pottery wheel! Learn about clay, tools, and gain an appreciation of hand thrown ceramics. See Pottery Wheel lesson plan.

Element/Principles: Form & Scale

Art History: Artists have been making clay vessels for thousands of years.  Pottery comes in all different sizes, shapes and colors. It can be used for many things.

Paper Shapes

Inspired by the artist Henri Matisse, use fun shapes, negative space, & color to create abstract compositions. No paper will be wasted! See Paper Shapes lesson plan.

Element/Principles: Shape & Balance

Art History: Henri Matisse, French, 1869–1954

Printmaking with Found Objects

Explore texture using ink pads and unusual objects found in nature to create interesting textural prints! See Printmaking with Found Objects lesson plan.

Elements/Principals of Art:  Texture & Shape

Art History: Pablo Picasso, Marcel Duchamp, Jasper Johns and Robert Rauchenberg 

Watercolor Wonder

Express yourself through watercolor! Experiment with salt, wax, and straws to create different effects and textures using watercolor. See Watercolor Wonder lesson plan.


Elements/ Principles of Art: Color & Texture

Art History: Helen Frankenthaler, American, 1928-2011