Families and Teens

Engaging Teens and Families

Keep your teens and families engaged year-round through the Fort Wayne Museum of Art! During crucial developmental stages of your family’s life, art plays a significant role in their social, emotional and mental development. We offer several programs for family members of all ages.

John S. and James L. Knight Learning Center

In the earliest stages of life, visual literacy directly relates to a child’s need for self-expression. As kids learn to talk, they’re also developing the impulse to express themselves and relate to the world around them. The Knight Learning Center was developed to meet these needs in a fun, interactive and hands-on environment. The Center includes artwork from the FWMoA collection curated especially for families, art-making activities, and hands-on engagement stations that teach the elements of art. The Center functions as a classroom for school groups and can be combined with a tour of the museum galleries.

Teen Art and Writing Club

The Art and Writing Club is for teens who want to think bigger and bolder. This group of highly talented and motivated teens from across Northeast Indiana uses group dynamics to share their deep interests for visual art, leveraging each other to brainstorm ways to improve their work.

The Fort Wayne Museum of Art leads this group in exposition to contemporary art, sketchbook assignments and constructive feedback—all of which prepare them for a creative future.

This free club takes place monthly while school is in session.

To join the Art & Writing Club, email Alyssa Dumire at alyssa.dumire@fwmoa.org.

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

The Fort Wayne Museum of Art is an Affiliate Partner of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, a national program sponsored by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, which celebrates the art and writing talents of students in grades 7-12. The Scholastic Awards highlight the exemplary originality, technical skill and emergence of personal voice and vision of Northeast Indiana teens.

Our program is one of only 26 in the country to offer the full art and writing program. Our regional participation has grown to include 52 counties in Indiana and Ohio, with many students continuing on to win national awards.

How to Participate

Stay tuned for more information about the 2021 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

2020 Art Award Recipients

2020 Writing Award Recipients

Educator Resources

The documents available for download here are designed to help educators and their students make the most of their Fort Wayne Museum of Art experience. These resources are designed to be flexible—use them to extend learning before or after a visit to the museum, or to experience the artwork in your classroom if you’re unable to bring a field trip. The scripts are expanded versions of what our docents use to guide learning at the Museum and may be used for self-guided tours.

If you’re bringing your class for a field trip, please contact us to schedule it, even if you don’t want a docent-led tour.

At-Home Learning

Sometimes, art education needs to come to your home. We’re proud to offer resources to make your at-home arts curriculum more robust and fun for your family!

Downloadable Resources

Sometimes, art education needs to come to your home. We’re proud to offer resources to make your at-home arts curriculum more robust and fun for your family!
Download the Chihuly Coloring Book
Download the Hanna Family Coloring Book
Download the Helmholtz Coloring Book
Download Directions to Make-A-Quake