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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!

Day 2: Museum Studio: Oil Painting

September 27, 2015

Day 1: Saturday, September 26, 10AM-4PM
Day 2: Sunday, September 27, 1PM-4PMThis two-day 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 live model, your instructor Jason Espey, 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.

Day 1: Museum Studio Class: Oil Painting

September 26, 2015

Day 1: Saturday, September 26, 10AM-4PM
Day 2: Sunday, September 27, 1PM-4PM
This two-day 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 live model, your instructor Jason Espey, 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.

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
This lecture examines the significance of religious belief in the making and meaning of modern American art. Looking at American moderns ranging in stylistic diversity from Joseph Cornell and Mark Tobey to Agnes Pelton, Mark Rothko, and Andy Warhol, it further considers why religion was largely excluded in the history of modern American art, especially as that history was shaped in the early through mid-twentieth-century. How might the visual, material, and affective dimensions of religious belief enrich our thinking about modern American art?

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.

Slow Art Sunday: Lady with a Bouquet (Snowballs)

Slow Art Sunday: Lady with a Bouquet (Snowballs)

September 13, 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 Marelene Wallace will lead a discussion on Charles Courtney Curran’s Lady with a Bouquet (Snowballs).

Visually Impaired Program: Sculpture in the Garden

September 12, 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 Monday, September 7.

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.

No ArtBreak

September 8, 2015

Please note that there is no ArtBreak today.

Slow Art Sunday: Still Life with Game Birds

Slow Art Sunday: Still Life with Game Birds

September 6, 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 Cornelis Mahu’s Still Life with Game Birds.