The Look of the Book

Teacher Training Workshop for CEU Credit

Wednesday, Feb 22, 3:30pm to 5:30pm

Teachers for any grade from Watauga and all nearby counties are welcome! Registration required. To register, please call the museum during regular business hours, Tuesday through Saturday, 10-5: 828.295.9099.

Join internationally-recognized children’s book illustrator and author Gail E. Haley for The Look of the Book, a two-hour lecture for teachers, in which they will learn about the traditional layout of a picture book. Participants will learn how an illustrator chooses which images to use to best convey the message of the words, and supplement the story line with intimations of information beyond the words.

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Appalachian Culture and Heritage Programming

Each school year, BRAHM brings Appalachian Culture and Heritage Programming to local elementary schools at no cost to the schools. This programming is designed to educate students about our mountain region and to foster a sense of pride in its cultural and artistic heritage. Recent programs have included Appalachian ghost stories from musician and storyteller Jim Lloyd, Cherokee tales from storyteller Lloyd Arneach, and mountain tales from Connie Regan-Blake.

Many of the Appalachian Culture and Heritage Programs are supported by BRAHM’s Appalachian Culture and History Education Fund, which supports events, workshops, exhibits, and other educational activities that further the museum's mission to celebrate the rich heritage of the Appalachian Mountains. Interested in donating?



Art Start

Art Start is an art education outreach program created by a partnership between BRAHM and the Art Education Department at Appalachian State University.

Art Start is designed to bring the Museum to Watauga County Title I schools for whom field trips to BRAHM would be cost prohibitive and who have limited in-school arts education. Each year, art educators visit 1st and 2nd grade classrooms and bring them four lesson plans built around a current BRAHM exhibition. After the four lessons, the students visit BRAHM for a field trip, where they can see firsthand the exhibit they learned about. The cost of the school bus transportation to and from the museum is reimbursed by the Museum.


Free Field Trip and School Bus Reimbursement Program

Watauga High School

BRAHM opens its gallery space to the Watauga High School advanced placement art students so that they can visit our exhibits to sketch, observe, and question. The cost of school bus transportation to and from BRAHM is reimbursed by the Museum.

In addition, each winter BRAHM hosts an exhibition of art from the high school students in the Alexander Community Gallery.


Young at Art

Young at Art is a community outreach program designed to augment the art curriculum for kindergartners through second graders at Blowing Rock Elementary School. Once every month, each class visits BRAHM for a lesson about an aspect of art or art history. The lesson is accompanied by a hands-on art project that illustrates the lesson topic.

In Young at Art, students have the opportunity to experiment with a variety of media and techniques - from watercolor and tempera paints to collage and drawing - as well as the valuable chance to visit the Museum’s galleries. At the end of the year, each student will have a piece of art displayed in the Museum’s Young at Art Student Spectacular exhibition.

This program is supported in part by funding from the Blowing Rock Community Foundation.

Interested in becoming a museum sponsor? Contact us to learn about Educational and Outreach sponsorship opportunities or   Donate Now

PO Box 828
159 Chestnut St
Blowing Rock, NC 28605

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