EDUCATION PROGRAMS

Engage your students with fun, interactive, and educational events led by docents, artists and experts.

MUSES SHOE MAKING

Recommended for Grade 3 and up.

Guest artist, Angela Williams leads the class in technique, tips, and tricks for decorating and glittering
shoes as keepsake items. Let your creativity run wild decorating a shoe like the Krewe of Muses!

Students are requested to bring a shoe to decorate.  Spare shoes will be available for students who are unable to bring one.
Provided materials include glue, sequins, feathers, gems, glitter, ribbons, trim and various decorative elements with supervised scissor use.

2 hour class – $25 per student

CAJUN MARDI GRAS MASK MAKING

Recommended for Grade 5 and up.
Guest artist Katie Myers teaches the creation of Cajun style masks made of screen and decorated with painted faces, feathers, and fringe.
Cajun Mardi Gras costumes are very different from what is typical in New Orleans. Learn about these unique traditions of the Cajun communities and become a part of the celebration!
Provided materials include mesh screen, glue, feathers, pom poms, fringe, paints, ribbons, and trims.
2 hour class – $25 per student

CAREER DAY PANEL

Carl Mack, Museum President, Helen Del Guidice, Museum Director, and Laura Srewsbury, costume designer, discuss their experiences and offer tips and guidance for careers in performance and creative arts, entrepreneurship, and museum education.
2 hour discussion – $15 per student

UPCYCLING

Recommended for Grade 3 and up.
Bring your parts and pieces back to life with Museum Director and fashion designer, Helen Del Guidice. The students learn techniques in repurposing jewelry parts and findings in creating new, unique pieces. Provided materials include vintage jewelry parts, buttons, beads, blank cuffs, needle and thread.
Students are encouraged to bring any pieces of broken jewelry, beads, buttons, or other items they would like to use to decorate cuffs, or in other jewelry making.
2 hour class – $25 per student

 

DOCENT TOUR

Director Helen Del Guidice guides the group in a brief tour of the museum collection and history of Mardi Gras traditions. Learn about grassroots reveling in New Orleans and beyond, and discover how craftsmen create the elaborate costumes on display.
30-40 minute tour – $10 per student

 

SHOEBOX MINI FLOAT MAKING

Recommended for Grade 3 and up.
Not all parades are big! Create your own miniature float in the style of ‘tit Rex, where tiny parades are just as extravagant.
Students are requested to bring a shoebox or other small box to decorate.
Boxes will be available for students who are unable to bring one.
Students are encouraged to bring items to add to their own float, such as small toys, dolls, dinosaurs, pictures of pets or anything else they would like to work with to create a special theme for their float.

Provided materials include glue, feathers, gems, glitter, ribbons, trim, and paints with supervised scissor use.

2 hour class – $20 per student

 

APPLIQUÉ MAKING

Design and craft your own sequined masterpiece!
Choose from a template or create your own theme, for costume and fashion with guest artist, Chandra Leming.
Provided materials include fabrics, sequins, glue, needle and thread, gems, beads, and templates.
2 hour class -$25 per student

MASK MAKING

Make your very own Mardi Gras mask! Design and decorate a unique mask as a take-home keepsake.
Provided materials include mask base, glue, supervised scissor use, sequins, feathers, gems, glitter, ribbons and trim.
2 hour class – $15 per student

PAPER MACHE “BIG HEAD” FINGER PUPPET MAKING

Recommended for Grade 3 and up.
Guest artist Chandra Leming guides the class in molding and decorating miniature versions of Big Head costumes. Create your own mini Mardi Gras character!
Provided materials include paper mache, paints, glitter, ribbons, and felt, with supervised scissor use.
2 hour class – $20 per student

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