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Adults and Teens

We offer an array of opportunities for learning, creating, and sharing through art experiences at the Museum. Whether taking a class in our studios or hearing from an expert in our galleries, our visitors can choose from a variety of activities to engage with art. With established weekly programs like ArtBreak and Slow Art Sunday, or special events like First Thursday, Art On The Rocks, and teen nights, the BMA invites you to find a program that interests and excites you!

Open Studio Series

October 29, 2015

Open Studio is an opportunity for all artists at every level to work from a live model. The figure presents many technical problems—form, structure, and foreshortening—so it is wonderful training, and also allows the artist to display their skill. Supplies not included; class monitored by Laura Murphey. Space is limited, and registration is strongly recommended.

Open Studio Series

October 22, 2015

Open Studio is an opportunity for all artists at every level to work from a live model. The figure presents many technical problems—form, structure, and foreshortening—so it is wonderful training, and also allows the artist to display their skill. Supplies not included; class monitored by Laura Murphey. Space is limited, and registration is strongly recommended.

Open Studio Series

October 15, 2015

Open Studio is an opportunity for all artists at every level to work from a live model. The figure presents many technical problems—form, structure, and foreshortening—so it is wonderful training, and also allows the artist to display their skill. Supplies not included; class monitored by Laura Murphey. Space is limited, and registration is strongly recommended.

Open Studio Series

October 8, 2015

Open Studio is an opportunity for all artists at every level to work from a live model. The figure presents many technical problems—form, structure, and foreshortening—so it is wonderful training, and also allows the artist to display their skill. Supplies not included; class monitored by Laura Murphey. Space is limited, and registration is strongly recommended.

Art & Conversation: Black Like Who?: Exploring Race and Representation

October 1, 2015

$10 Museum Members // $15 Nonmembers

Black Like Who?: Exploring Race and Representation

Exhibition curator Graham C. Boettcher discusses Black Like Who?, an exhibition which considers a variety of historical and contemporary works by white and black artists, and examines how they communicate both the motives and beliefs of the artists, as well as the racial attitudes of their time.

This program is for people who want to learn more about art in an informative and interactive setting. These programs, with the exception of June, are held on the first Thursday of each month, January through October. Coffee and light refreshments are available. Tours are led by curators or guest lecturers, and attendees are encouraged to ask questions, share thoughts and ideas, and actively participate in the learning process.

Open Studio Series

October 1, 2015

Open Studio is an opportunity for all artists at every level to work from a live model. The figure presents many technical problems—form, structure, and foreshortening—so it is wonderful training, and also allows the artist to display their skill. Supplies not included; class monitored by Laura Murphey. Space is limited, and registration is strongly recommended.

ArtBreak: Meet the Librarian

ArtBreak: Meet the Librarian

September 29, 2015

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 Librarian Lindsey Reynolds, who will give a tour of the library and discuss what can be found within it. Come by and meet Lindsey, then grab lunch in the café!

Slow Art Sunday: Bonjour Julie

Slow Art Sunday: Bonjour Julie

September 27, 2015

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, Docent Mary Lynda Crockett will lead a discussion on Joan Mitchell’s Bonjour Julie.

Museum Studio: Oil Painting

September 27, 2015

This portrait painting course will focus on the ‘how’ of starting a portrait, through a step-by-step breakdown leading to the likeness of the sitter. Working with a model, Jason Epsey, a Studio Incamminati graduate and former Fellow, will lead each student through the concepts of composition, proportion, shape (both positive and negative), planes of the head, and value gradation, as taught at Studio Incamminati.

Museum Studio Class: Oil Painting

September 26, 2015

This portrait painting course will focus on the ‘how’ of starting a portrait, through a step-by-step breakdown leading to the likeness of the sitter. Working with a model, Jason Epsey, a Studio Incamminati graduate and former Fellow, will lead each student through the concepts of composition, proportion, shape (both positive and negative), planes of the head, and value gradation, as taught at Studio Incamminati.

Open Studio Series

September 24, 2015

Open Studio is an opportunity for all artists at every level to work from a live model. The figure presents many technical problems—form, structure, and foreshortening—so it is wonderful training, and also allows the artist to display their skill. Supplies not included; class monitored by Laura Murphey. Space is limited, and registration is strongly recommended.

ArtBreak: Finding Identity in Black Like Who?

September 22, 2015

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 Head of Education at Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Ahmad Ward, who will lead a discussion on Finding Identity in Black Like Who?.

Slow Art Sunday: David Puxley: Wedgwood's First Studio Potter

Slow Art Sunday: David Puxley: Wedgwood’s First Studio Potter

September 20, 2015

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, Master Docent Emily Omura will lead a discussion on the exhibition David Puxley: Wedgwood’s First Studio Potter.

Lecture: Spiritual Moderns: Twentieth-Century American Artists and Issues of Religion

Lecture: Spiritual Moderns: Twentieth-Century American Artists and Issues of Religion

September 16, 2015

Co-sponsored by the Friends of American Art, University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Birmingham-Southern College

Erika Doss is professor of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame, where she teaches courses in modern and contemporary American art and cultural studies. Her most recent book is Memorial Mania: Public Feeling in America (University of Chicago Press, 2010). She is co-editor of the “Culture America” series at the University Press of Kansas, and on the editorial boards of Public Art Dialogue and Material Religion: The Journal of Objects, Art, and Belief. Her current book project is Spiritual Moderns: Twentieth Century American Artists and Religion.

ArtBreak: Remembering Crisis: Artistic Glimpses into a War-Torn Environment

September 15, 2015

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 Education Graduate Intern John Agricola, who will lead a discussion on Remembering Crisis: Artistic Glimpses into a War-Torn Environment.