Art Meets Science at Walter Anderson Museum
If you know anything about Mississippi master Walter Inglis Anderson, you likely know about his awe-inspiring murals – more than 3,000 square feet of them, depicting nature in all its glory. Or you might know that he camped and painted on the wilderness Gulf barrier islands and lived with the birds and beasts of the sky and sand. While Walter Anderson liked to paint on walls, his true gift was going beyond them. Which is why the Museum’s freshly reinstalled collection, Artist, Naturalist, Mystic, is being used as an extension of the classroom where students make interdisciplinary discoveries.
Walter Anderson Museum of Art educators work directly with teachers and parents to tailor gallery tours to state standards, including earth science, biology, social studies, and language arts. Through Walter Anderson’s art and writings, students are being given tools to participate in and conceptualize their interconnected landscapes. The museum is training students to be better thinkers, not just better artists.
And for those who want to pursue their creativity, the Museum invites students in grades 6-12 to submit artwork to one of two Spring 2020 exhibitions: 1) A “Botanicals” themed Youth Art Show for grades 6-11 (artwork delivery deadline March 27), sponsored by Dickie Roberts and Dr. Edward Aldridge and; 2) A High School Senior Scholarship Show (submission deadline April 10), which includes college scholarship contributions to winning artists through the museum’s scholarship fund supported by Linda Rosetti. For guidelines and more information, visit walterandersonmuseum.org or contact Anthony DiFatta, WAMA Director of Education, at 228-369-3810; firstname.lastname@example.org.