Education at the NIC



The Discovery
Center

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The Discovery Center at the NIC is a hands-on, interactive art-activity area for visitors of all ages. The Discovery Center is designed to encourage creativity and exploration through various activity stations and provide space for art education through classes and special programs. Check the Discovery Center calendar for programs, classes and activities.

Discovery Center Activity Stations encourage exploration of art materials and techniques; develop creative thinking, problem solving and fine motor skills. The activities aid in building of visual-spatial skills, increases pattern, shape and color recognition, promotes beginning math and language concepts while expressing creativity and having fun.

The Stations Include:

  • Tempera Painting Station
  • Tom West: Mask Making
  • Around the World: Decorate a Tea Cup
  • Permanent Collection: Make a Clay Teapot
  • Meet the Masters: Draw the Clouds with Constable
  • Sensation Station: Magic Sand
  • Finger-paint Art
  • Crayon Rubbings
  • Building Blocks
  • Collage 3-D Buffalo
  • Dollhouse Play Station
  • Magnetic Board: Fractiles
  • Puppet Theater
  • Reading Nook
  • Community Art Board
  • Student Art Gallery
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Group Tours

The NIC welcomes groups of all ages and sizes to come enjoy the exhibitions and programs.

To allow for appropriate security staffing and preparations, we ask that tours by large groups be scheduled in advance whenever possible.

With advance notice we can also arrange for a docent to be available to lead your tour and answer questions about the art, artists and museum itself.

Group Tour Pricing: (school and adult programs)
• $3 per person (adult, student, child). For every 10 students, a chaperon is free.

School Groups
School tours MUST be scheduled at least one week in advance to allow for appropriate security staffing and preparations. Elementary school groups should have a ratio of one (1) adult per six (6) students. Junior high groups should have a ratio of one (1) adult per nine (9) students. High school groups should have a ratio of one (1) adult per twelve (12) students. Coats, backpacks and other large personal property should be left outside the galleries, either in the hallway or by the elevator landing. Only pencils will be allowed in the galleries. Pedestals, vitrines and walls may not be used as writing surfaces. Clipboards may be brought into the galleries and will gladly be provided by the museum if necessary.

Download the Group Tour Request Form

Pre and Post Visit Activities
The Nicolaysen Art Museum is dedicated to providing and developing high-quality tours and programs for school groups. In order to enhance the learning experience during museum visit, we have developed a curriculum-oriented pre- and post-visit activities program for teachers to use in conjunction with a trip to the Nicolaysen Art Museum. The pre- and post-visit activities program is designed to guide students through a process of learning how to understand and appreciate art and encourage personal expression. The activities correspond to the National Educational Standards, WY Educational Standards and NCSD Essential Curriculum.

Download European Masters Pre & Post Visit Activities

Download Western Masters Pre & Post Visit Activities

Download Michael Olson Pre & Post Visit Activities

Download Alan Paine Radebaugh Pre & Post Visit Activities

Download Ben George Pre & Post Visit Activities

Download Michael Copeland Pre & Post Visit Activities

Download "The Nature of Things" Pre & Post Visit Activities

 

Birthday Parties
at the NIC

 

Have an amazing art-filled birthday party at the NIC! A birthday party includes two options: Birthday Bash (ages 3-15) or Birthday pARTy (ages 5-12).

 

 

Birthday Bash

The Birthday Bash includes:

  • use of the party room (Discovery Center) for 2 hours (includes clean-up time)
  • hands-on art experiences in the Discovery Center

 

Price:

Up to 10 guests: Members $95.00; non-members $120.00

Up to 20 guests: Members $130.00; non-members $155.00

A deposit of 50% of the party fee is required to reserve a party date. The balance of the fee and $50.00 refundable security deposit must be paid by the day before the party. The security deposit will be fully refunded provided that there is no damage to the reserved facility and proper clean-up has been completed. Please make reservations at least 3 weeks in advance. Dress children for messy art projects.

 

 

Birthday pARTy

The Birthday pARTy includes:

  • art project led by the art instructor
  • use of the party room (Discovery Center) for 2 hours (includes clean-up time)
  • hands-on art experiences in the Discovery Center

 

Price:

Up to 10 guests: Members $175.00; non-members $200.00

Up to 20 guests: Members $ 220.00; non-members $245.00

A deposit of 50% of the party fee is required to reserve a party date. The balance of the fee must be paid by the day before the party. Please make reservations at least 3 weeks in advance. Dress children for messy art projects.

 

Time:

Birthday pARTy: Saturdays from 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM.

Birthday Bash: Saturdays from 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM, Sundays from 12:30-2pm.

 

 

 

 

Birthday pARTy Projects:

 

Messy Art: Explore basic art concepts while creating spontaneous art:

  • Splash and Splatter ( summer project only)

 

Clay Fun: Let your imagination run wild when you create a mischievous monster or a playful animal:

  • Silly Monsters
  • Clay Animals

 

Mask Making: Express your unique personality by decorating your own festive mask!

 

Princess Party: Be a princess by creating a princess mirror or a princess doll!

 

Movie Mania: Create art inspired by your favorite movie character:

  • Lego Figure Collage
  • Hand printed Star Wars Characters
  • Clay Olaf
  • Paint a character from Frozen (Olaf, Elsa or Anna)

 

 

Things you need to know:

 

The NIC provides:

  • two hours in the Discovery Center
  • art project lead by our enthusiastic professionals
  • materials for the art project
  • FUN!

 

You provide:

  • one chaperone per every 5 children- there is no charge for chaperones
  • cake and refreshments - refrigeration is available depending on the size of the cake
  • paper plates, napkins, table cloths and utensils
  • decorations if desired
  • clean-up after festivities

 

Cancellation Policy: No deposits will be refunded for cancellations made less than five business days prior to the party. In case of emergency, the party can be rescheduled. A $20 administrative fee will be deducted from all cancellations.

 

 

For reservations contact the Curator of Education, Zhanna Gallegos,  at 307-235-5247 or zgallegos@thenic.org