Education Home
After Hours
Facilities Rental
Film at the O
Get Involved
Kohlmeyer Circle
O What a Night
Tour the O
For any questions about Education, or to reserve a spot in any class, contact Ellen Balkin: 504.539.9608, or email:

Exhibitions (3rd floor Education Gallery)

Artists and Sense of Place Residency

New Orleans: Our Home
Gentilly Terrace Elementary
Jamar Pierre, Artist
assisted by Veronica Cho, Outreach Coordinator
on view through May 4, 2014

The Ogden Museum’s thirteen year-old residency program, Artists and Sense of Place, brings artists into schools to explore the history, identity, and character of the students’ world.

As a former Gentilly Terrace Elementary School student himself, artist Jamar Pierre was uniquely qualified to lead students through an investigation of the Gentilly Terrace neighborhood. Planned in 1909 and built largely between the 1910s and 1940s, the neighborhood was constructed by excavating and piling up earth in the shallow swamp to create blocks of terraced land where houses could be built. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, architecture found in Gentilly Terrace includes craftsman bungalows, Tudor cottages, and Mediterranean Revival style homes.

The Terrace Murals
After investigating the area’s history, Pierre instructed 2nd grade students to work as a group (a community) to create murals that reflect the varied architecture of their neighborhood. The murals also include images illustrating other important aspects of the area holding meaning for the students. Additionally, when creating the artwork, Mr. Pierre asked students to consider basic elements of art such as color, composition, rhythm and space.

The Culture Murals
For this series, Pierre led 4th and 5th grade students in conversations about the unique and significant facets of New Orleans culture, such as its music, food and celebrations. Students then created drawings representing and reflecting the aspects that were most important to them. Finally, students worked together in a collaborative effort to create these unique compositions.

Special thanks to the faculty and staff of Gentilly Terrace, Melanie Tennyson, Principal, and Jamie Jones, art teacher.

This project was supported by a grant from The MaggieGeorge Foundation.

For Family

Steffen Thomas Family Day: Express Yourself

March 29, 2014
10am - 2pm

Discover the works of Expressionist artist Steffen Thomas, then “express” your own creativity during this FREE Family Day. Art techniques to explore will include watercolor painting, still life collages, mosaic, sculpture, and drawing self-portraits. Designed for all ages, the Family Day also includes entertainment by local artists and students performances. All museum galleries free and open to the public and refreshments are available for purchase.

For Kids

Click here for online registration.

Saturday Studio classes are an opportunity for youth ages 8-13 to explore the Museum's collections and exhibitions, engage with a particular medium or technique in depth, and create original works of art in a relaxed, encouraging studio environment. Students will benefit by increasing their visual arts vocabulary, discovering their own skills and talents, and cultivating a lifelong interest in the arts. Pre-registration is required


March 8, 15, 22

Students will learn basic methods of working with beads and creating one-of-a-kind jewelry, including wire turning, weaving, stringing, and more.


April 12, 19, 26

Students will explore the world of fiber art, experimenting with various fabrics and approaches, including sewing, knotting, weaving, and other exciting techniques!

All classes take place at the Ogden Museum from 1-3pm.

$125 – Mardi Gras Costuming Series ($100 for Members)
$75 – Beading & Jewelry Series ($60 for Members)
$75 – Fiber Art Series ($60 for Members)
Click here for online registration.
Contact: Ellen Balkin, 504.539.9608,

For Adults

Ogden Book Club

Join Ogden Museum docent and former teacher Maureen O'Dwyer for a lively discussion about Southern art, literature and culture. This club will meet approximately every 6 weeks. Members may arrive at 5:30 p.m. Discussion will begin at 6 p.m. and last approximately one hour. The Book Club is FREE and open exclusively to OMSA members.

Upcoming Book Clubs

Tuesday, April 29
The Sea Captain’s Wife by Martha Hodes

Tuesday, May 20
Men we Reaped by Jesmyn Ward

Tuesday, Sept. 9
Downhome: An Anthology of Southern Women Writers by Susie Mee

Ogden Docent Opportunities

Be a key member of the Ogden team by serving as a Docent! Docents teach about works of art in the collectionthrough tours and gallery discussions


Downloading PDF Files: The PDF files available on this site can be viewed or printed offline using the Adobe Acrobat reader. Many Web browsers already support the PDF document format; if your browser does not, you can download the Acrobat reader free from the Adobe Web site:

Get Adobe Reader

When you click a link for a PDF file, a new browser window will open: once you have followed the instructions at the Adobe Web site and successfully installed the Acrobat reader, the PDF file should be displayed in this new window.

Become a Member

See the South with Membership

> Join Today

Become a Docent

Be a key member of the Ogden team by serving as a Docent.

> Join Today

Visit Our Online Store

See the South with Membership

> Shop