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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!

Painting in Watercolor: Workshop for Adults

August 15, 2015

Bring your lunch for one-hour lunch break (noon-1pm)

Join Cynthia Massey Parsons for a comprehensive painting in watercolor workshop. Parsons is a Signature Member of the Watercolor Society of Alabama, and she has taught numerous watercolor painting classes and workshops. Bring your supplies and plan on an informative, fun, and exciting day of painting and color theory.

Ages 15 and up, beginners to advanced, are all welcome!

Art On The Rocks

Art On The Rocks

August 14, 2015

The Birmingham Museum of Art’s popular summer series Art On The Rocks, presented by Dale’s Seasoning, is back for its 11th season! Featuring the best of Birmingham culture, Art On The Rocks collaborates with local artists, downtown businesses, and breakthrough musical guests to offer three Friday nights of art, performances, giveaways, food, and drinks.

August 14: Clear Plastic Masks

Formed in New York City in 2011, Clear Plastic Masks quite literally have honed a world of influence into sharp, tight, nostalgic rock n’ roll that is at once bone-deep familiar and not like anything else you’ve heard. The story starts where every good story does, in a dive bar where lead vocalist and guitarist Andrew Katz, born and raised on theatre in Detroit, met Dominican Republic-born drummer Charles Garmendia. Despite upbringings half a world apart, the two forged a fast friendship centered on a collective love of music. Soon enough, toiling around Bed Stuy, Brooklyn, they met guitarist/keyboard player Matt Menold and bassist Eduardo DuQuesne. What began as simply four unlikely friends hanging out trying to make their way in one of the toughest cities on earth eventually evolved into an informal jam session where, without planning, they discovered a surprising sound.

Click here to buy tickets for August.

Check back soon for more details about August’s schedule of events and special guests!

ArtBreak: Prints from the Green Collection

August 11, 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 Curator of European Art Robert Schindler, Ph.D., who will lead a discussion on prints from the Green collection.

Slow Art Sunday: Builders No. 1

Slow Art Sunday: Builders No. 1

August 9, 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 Marlene Wallace will lead a discussion on Jacob Lawrence’s Builder’s No. 1.

Visually Impaired Program: The Language of Art

August 8, 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.

Explore artworks by different artists at different times and in different places. But, they all have one thing in common: the artists deliberately created their art in such a way to get us to see what they wanted us to see, think what they wanted us to think, and feel what they wanted us to feel. Discover how the artists used the elements of art including line, color, pattern, texture, and light and shadow.

Space is limited; reservations are required. Please RSVP by Monday, August 3.

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.

First Thursday: After Hours at the Museum

First Thursday: After Hours at the Museum

August 6, 2015

Your Night at the Museum!

The Birmingham Museum of Art is pleased to present an after-hours experience on the first Thursday of each month. Wander the galleries, sip cocktails in the garden, catch a movie, or sit down with friends for tapas at Oscar’s. The Museum is open for your enjoyment until 9PM.

6PM: Gallery Talk: Rising Up: Hale Woodruff’s Murals at Talladega College // Join us for a free tour of our summertime exhibition, featuring the large-scale, colorful murals from Talladega College’s Savery Library.
6:30PM: Art Class // Drop-in and Draw: Murals
7PM: Panel Discussion // This panel, including the Honorable Judge Houston Brown, the Honorable Judge Ralph C. Cook, attorney Mason Davis, and civil rights leader Odessa Woolfolk, will discuss the legal case of the Amistad.

Art & Conversation: Hale Woodruff: An American Artist

August 6, 2015

$10 Museum Members // $15 Nonmembers

Hale Woodruff: An American Artist

While focusing on our special exhibition of Hale Woodruff’s Talladega College murals, curator Graham C. Boettcher discusses how the artist combined aspects of Modernism with more traditional elements of history painting to depict the story of the Amistad captives.

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.

ArtBreak: Woman in Green Coat

August 4, 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 Chief Curator and Curator of American Art Graham C. Boettcher, Ph.D., who will lead a discussion on Betty Grisham’s Woman in Green Coat, on view in the new exhibition Black Like Who?.

Slow Art Sunday: Erasistratus the Physician Discovers the Love of Antiochus for Stratonice

Slow Art Sunday: Erasistratus the Physician Discovers the Love of Antiochus for Stratonice

August 2, 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 Clyde Oyster will lead a discussion on Benjamin West’s Erasistratus the Physician Discovers the Love of Antiochus for Stratonice.

ArtBreak: Mid-Century Modern Design in the Work of David Puxley

ArtBreak: Mid-Century Modern Design in the Work of David Puxley

July 28, 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 Owner of Soho Retro Steve Thomas, who will lead a discussion on Mid-Century Modern Design in the Work of David Puxley.

Slow Art Sunday: The Green Apple

Slow Art Sunday: The Green Apple

July 26, 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 Caroline Wingate will lead a discussion on Georgia O’Keeffe’s The Green Apple.