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July 2014
$250/$300

Summer Academy (Grades 6 – 12)

July 21 - 25

Space is limited! Please call 205.297.8151 to register! For students entering grades 6 – 12. Enhance your art practice and build your portfolio during this summer intensive—a week of professional-level art making and instruction. Students will take inspiration from African and Japanese cultures to create artworks about power, symbolism, and concepts of beauty.

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$50 for members // $60 for non-members

Art & Meditation

July 26 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Every week until August 31, 2014

Learn to meditate and naturally grow your confidence, awareness, and compassion, while also learning about a different object from the Asian collection each week! With the growth of Japanese Buddhism from the eighth century onwards, meditative practices were brought to and further developed in Japan, and became very popular among the samurai. During the twelfth century, the samurai embraced Zen Buddhism and subsequently discovered the benefits of meditation, giving the samurai warrior the mental edge that his enemies found extremely challenging.
Meditation instructors from the Shambala Center of Birmingham will lead the weekly sessions. Call 205.254.2571 for assistance and questions.

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Bart’s Art Cart: Super Scrolls

July 26 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Every week until July 27, 2014

This drop-in art program for kids and families features a different theme from our galleries and art activity each month. Stop by to make art with Bart!

In July, we will extend the colors of spring with cherry blossoms and bamboo! Explore the Lethal Beauty exhibition and then make your own Japanese-inspired craft!

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Slow Art Sunday: Imari Charger

July 27 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Slow food, slow living, slow… art? Unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide your slow art experience and foster conversation. Leave the Museum feeling inspired- not tired!

This Sunday, we will take a close look at the Japanese piece Imari Charger.

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Family Tour: What Does a Warrior Wear?

July 29 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am
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Every week until August 27, 2014

Join the Museum educators to explore the galleries in a fun, interactive experience! Discover Bart the Art Bat’s favorite artworks during these FREE, drop-in tours. After your tour, visit Bart’s ArtVenture to make an art project inspired by what you saw. What will you discover?

What does a Warrior Wear? Samurai aren’t our only warriors! Go beyond Japan to find them.

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ArtBreak: Swords of the Samurai

July 29 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Feed your body and mind at noon every Tuesday. Join us for a 20-30 minute gallery talk. Stay for lunch at Oscar’s Café and they will throw in a free dessert!

Today’s ArtBreak is led by Japanese sword specialist Ray Deadman. Ray will lead a tour of the swords in our exhibition Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor.

To attend this ArtBreak, you must purchase a ticket to Lethal Beauty. Tickets to the exhibition are FREE for BMA members and $10 for non-members.

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August 2014
$50 for members // $60 for non-members

Art & Meditation

August 2 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
|Recurring Event (See all)
Every week until August 31, 2014

Learn to meditate and naturally grow your confidence, awareness, and compassion, while also learning about a different object from the Asian collection each week! With the growth of Japanese Buddhism from the eighth century onwards, meditative practices were brought to and further developed in Japan, and became very popular among the samurai. During the twelfth century, the samurai embraced Zen Buddhism and subsequently discovered the benefits of meditation, giving the samurai warrior the mental edge that his enemies found extremely challenging.
Meditation instructors from the Shambala Center of Birmingham will lead the weekly sessions. Call 205.254.2571 for assistance and questions.

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Family Tour: What Does a Warrior Wear?

August 2 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Join the Museum educators to explore the galleries in a fun, interactive experience! Discover Bart the Art Bat’s favorite artworks during these FREE, drop-in tours. After your tour, visit Bart’s ArtVenture to make an art project inspired by what you saw. What will you discover?

What does a Warrior Wear? Samurai aren’t our only warriors! Go beyond Japan to find them.

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Bart’s Art Cart: Folded Foil Fun!

August 2 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Every week until August 31, 2014

This drop-in art program for kids and families features a different theme from our galleries and art activity each month. Stop by to make art with Bart!

In August, we will head to the sculpture garden to check out Craig Wedderspoon’s Quilted Vessels and then make our own!

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Oscar’s Sunday Brunch

August 3 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Enjoy delicious, locally-grown dishes from Oscar’s seasonal brunch menu in the beauty and comfort of the Museum with your family and friends. Space is limited. To make reservations, call 205.328.7850 or click here to reserve your spot online.

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