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!

Museum Academy: Art Classes for Grades 6-9

Registration is now closed for Spring 2014. Please look at our summer offerings and check back soon for Fall 2014 listings.

The Museum Academy is a new and unique experience in Birmingham that provides students the opportunity to learn from working artists in the Museum’s studios and original artworks in the galleries. Teaching artists at the Academy reflect the diversity of art and techniques represented in the Museum.

Students emerge from the 12-week program with critical-thinking experience, discipline of practice, and a portfolio of original artwork that explores a variety of processes and media.

Join us for this new mentally stimulating, creative afterschool program and become pioneers of the Museum Academy!

$325 Museum members // $360 non-members

Spring 2014 Schedule:
Tuesdays 3:45–5:45PM, January 14 – April 8 (No class March 25)

Academy Apprentice: 6th–7th grades
Academy Assistant: 8th–9th grades
Academy Master: 10th–12th grades (coming fall 2014)

ArtBreak: Jizo Bosatsu, Japanese

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 presented by master docent Emily Omura on Jizo Bosatsu.

Slow Art Sunday: Driven Back

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!

Today master docent Julia Stork will explore the painting Driven Back by De Cost Smith.

Collectors Circle Salon

This event is for members of Collectors Circle for Contemporary Art. If you’re interested in joining this support group, please contact Debbie Bartoletti at dbartoletti@artsbma.org.

To attend this event, RSVP by January 2 to Mollie Bartholomew at mbartholomew@artsbma.org.

Salons are an opportunity for members to get together in a casual setting and consider the latest happening, whether it is an acquisition by a member or the Museum, an opening, a new artist, an art magazine article, or a Collectors Circle trip. The topics are limitless and we welcome your ideas and offers to host.

This month, we will discuss Art and Technology with UAB studio faculty member Erin Wright. Check your email for more details!

Friends of American Art Lunch and Learn

This event is for members of Friends of American Art. If you’re interested in joining this support group, please contact Debbie Bartoletti at dbartoletti@artsbma.org.

Curator of American Art Graham C. Boettcher, Ph.D. will share his insights on collecting American art, including predictions for emerging artists, periods, and movements, as well as advice on buying ahead of the market.

Lunch will be served for $13.50 per person. To RSVP and reserve a lunch, contact Andrew Farrell at 205.297.8073 or afarrell@artsbma.org by January 21.

Museum Academy: Art Classes for Grades 6-9

Registration is now closed for Spring 2014. Please look at our summer offerings and check back soon for Fall 2014 listings.

The Museum Academy is a new and unique experience in Birmingham that provides students the opportunity to learn from working artists in the Museum’s studios and original artworks in the galleries. Teaching artists at the Academy reflect the diversity of art and techniques represented in the Museum.

Students emerge from the 12-week program with critical-thinking experience, discipline of practice, and a portfolio of original artwork that explores a variety of processes and media.

Join us for this new mentally stimulating, creative afterschool program and become pioneers of the Museum Academy!

$325 Museum members // $360 non-members

Spring 2014 Schedule:
Tuesdays 3:45–5:45PM, January 14 – April 8 (No class March 25)

Academy Apprentice: 6th–7th grades
Academy Assistant: 8th–9th grades
Academy Master: 10th–12th grades (coming fall 2014)

Slow Art Sunday: Still Life of Flowers, Fruit, Shells, and Insects

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!

Join us today as we look at Balthasar van der Ast’s Still Life of Flowers, Fruit, Shells, and Insects. Marlene Wallace, master docent, leads the discussion on the piece.

Hiden Lecture: Kristina Wilson

Join us for a compelling lecture from Kristina Wilson, Associate Professor of Art History at Clark University. Her lecture, American Modern Design from Great Depression to Postwar: Contrast, Continuity, and Conformity, will discuss modern design and its historical context during the Great Depression, World War II, and the prosperity that followed. Kristina will focus her discussion on household furnishings and decorative accessories, providing a personal, domestic perspective of modern design between the 1930s and 1950s.

Google Art Project Debut and Reception

Please join the Birmingham Museum of Art, Google, and special guest speaker Senator Jeff Sessions for a reception to celebrate the launch of the Birmingham Museum of Art’s partnership with Google Cultural Institute.

The partnership will bring artworks from the Birmingham Museum of Art online, viewable to the public through the Google Art Project website. In this new partnership, pieces from the BMA’s collection can be accessed online alongside institutions from around the globe, like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the British Museum, Musée d’Orsay, and many more!

The BMA’s leadership will be announcing this partnership with representatives from Google.

 Refreshments will be served.

Museum Academy: Art Classes for Grades 6-9

Registration is now closed for Spring 2014. Please look at our summer offerings and check back soon for Fall 2014 listings.

The Museum Academy is a new and unique experience in Birmingham that provides students the opportunity to learn from working artists in the Museum’s studios and original artworks in the galleries. Teaching artists at the Academy reflect the diversity of art and techniques represented in the Museum.

Students emerge from the 12-week program with critical-thinking experience, discipline of practice, and a portfolio of original artwork that explores a variety of processes and media.

Join us for this new mentally stimulating, creative afterschool program and become pioneers of the Museum Academy!

$325 Museum members // $360 non-members

Spring 2014 Schedule:
Tuesdays 3:45–5:45PM, January 14 – April 8 (No class March 25)

Academy Apprentice: 6th–7th grades
Academy Assistant: 8th–9th grades
Academy Master: 10th–12th grades (coming fall 2014)

ArtBreak: Orientalism in 19th-Century Western Art

Feed your body and mind at lunchtime every Tuesday. Join us for a 20-30 minute gallery talk, then stay for lunch at Oscar’s! ArtBreak guests get treated to a free dessert!

This week, BMA docent Joyce Benington will discuss Orientalism in 19th-Century Western Art. 

Slow Art Sunday: Looking Down Yosemite Valley, California

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!

Join us today as we look at Albert Bierstadt’s Looking Down Yosemite Valley, California. Caroline Wingate, master docent, leads the discussion on the piece.

Bridgman|Packer Dance Performance – Evening

As part of the Alabama Dance Festival, the Museum is excited to welcome dance duo Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer for an exclusive performance in our galleries. Their performance, Voyeur, pushes the exploration of the live and virtual into new territory choreographically, thematically, and technologically. With paintings of Edward Hopper as a point of departure, the work bears witness to fragmented moments of private lives. The dance will be performed twice and will also include a children’s dance workshop in the morning.

Learn more about the performances in this article from al.com.

Bridgman|Packer Dance Performance – Matinee

As part of the Alabama Dance Festival, the Museum is excited to welcome dance duo Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer for an exclusive performance in our galleries. Their performance, Voyeur, pushes the exploration of the live and virtual into new territory choreographically, thematically, and technologically. With paintings of Edward Hopper as a point of departure, the work bears witness to fragmented moments of private lives. The dance will be performed twice and will also include a children’s dance workshop in the morning.

Learn more about the performances in this article from al.com.

Museum Academy: Art Classes for Grades 6-9

Registration is now closed for Spring 2014. Please look at our summer offerings and check back soon for Fall 2014 listings.

The Museum Academy is a new and unique experience in Birmingham that provides students the opportunity to learn from working artists in the Museum’s studios and original artworks in the galleries. Teaching artists at the Academy reflect the diversity of art and techniques represented in the Museum.

Students emerge from the 12-week program with critical-thinking experience, discipline of practice, and a portfolio of original artwork that explores a variety of processes and media.

Join us for this new mentally stimulating, creative afterschool program and become pioneers of the Museum Academy!

$325 Museum members // $360 non-members

Spring 2014 Schedule:
Tuesdays 3:45–5:45PM, January 14 – April 8 (No class March 25)

Academy Apprentice: 6th–7th grades
Academy Assistant: 8th–9th grades
Academy Master: 10th–12th grades (coming fall 2014)