Learning and programs

Walter O. Evans Center for African American Studies

Through the generous gift of SCAD Savannah Board of Visitors member Dr. Walter Evans and his wife Linda, the SCAD Museum of Art is now home to more than 60 important works of art by renowned African American artists such as Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Robert Scott Duncanson, Richard Hunt and Jacob Lawrence. The collection is housed in the newly established Walter O. Evans Center for African American Studies and forms the foundation of a multidisciplinary center for the study, understanding and appreciation of African American art and culture.

The center hosts renowned artists and speakers throughout the year and engages regional primary and secondary schools with outreach programs that educate young students about African American art and cultural history. Visiting school groups learn to look closely, think critically, and discuss art.

For more information on how to bring your K-12 school group to the Evans Center, please contact Rachel Evans, outreach and visitation coordinator, via email or by calling 912.525.5118.

Learning activities and lesson plans

Architecture family guide
This fun guide offers a scavenger hunt for children seven years of age and older. Family members can assist with the search and learn more about the rich history and impressive architecture that shapes the SCAD Museum of Art.

This activity was created as a part of the SCAD art history department's museum studies coursework.

Curriculum guide for teachers
The SCAD Museum of Art is a teaching museum, and its Walter O. Evans Center for African American Studies offers a unique experience for study and discovery. With checklists, lesson plans, visual aids and more, the guide provides information for teachers to prepare themselves and students for learning opportunities at the museum and the Evans Center.

The lesson plans were designed by SCAD graduate students and produced with generous support from the Hodge Foundation and the Charles A. Frueauff Foundation.

Lesson plan archive

Lectures

In support of the academic and professional mission of the university, the SCAD Museum of Art hosts a diverse selection of guest lecturers each month. From illustrious filmmakers to icons of the fashion world, from renowned fine artists to influential figures in the digital media sphere, lecturers at the SCAD Museum of Art enhance student learning and provide unprecedented access to the world's leading art and design professionals.

Lectures are open to the public and are included in the price of admission to the museum. Please see the museum schedule for the upcoming program of lectures.

Films

The School of Entertainment Arts hosts periodic film screenings featuring critically acclaimed work that spans the history of world cinema. Attend these screenings to share ideas and insights with other film enthusiasts and exchange opinions with filmmakers, scholars and critics.

Film screenings are open to the public and are included in the price of admission to the museum. Please see the museum schedule for the upcoming program of films.

Drawing in the galleries

Drawing lies at the heart of the artistic curriculum at SCAD, and the SCAD Museum of Art encourages all students to engage in sketching while visiting the museum galleries. Bring your sketchbook, pencils and an eraser and make drawing come to life in the museum. The museum also has 22-inch by 36-inch drawing boards available for checkout.

Life drawing sessions are open to the public and are included in the price of admission. Please see the museum schedule for the upcoming life drawing sessions.

Member events

SCAD Museum of Art members enjoy exclusive, after-hours exhibition previews and inclusion in invitation-only special events. Join the museum today and enjoy all the benefits of membership.