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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.

Gandhi Jayanti Celebration

Gandhi Jayanti Celebration

October 11, 2015

The Indian Cultural Society and the Museum present an evening in honor of Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, Gandhi Jayanti (officially October 2). During the evening, we will host a program honoring student participants in the Gandhi Jayanti poster and essay contest.
This contest celebrates the connection between Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., two of the greatest leaders of the twentieth century. This celebration of Gandhi’s birthday calls attention to these two great historical figures and their contributions to civil rights movements across the globe.

For more information, please contact sharris@artsbma.org or 205.254.2571.

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.

Visually Impaired Program: Sculpture in the Garden

September 23, 2015

In this program for adults, specially trained docents present the Museum’s collection by means of verbal descriptions, three-dimensional tactile models based on original works of art, and sculpture. The experience may be enhanced by related music and/or art-making to provide multi-sensory access to the visual arts.

Artworks in the BMA’s Ireland Sculpture Garden were created by many different artists and represent various genres and art movements. Explore these artworks through touch and verbal description for a very personal experience.

Space is limited; reservations are required. Please RSVP by Friday, September 18.

VIP tours are also available for school-age or adult groups. To reserve your spot or learn more about group tours, call 205.254.2964.

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.