Kids and Families

Kids and their families have so much to explore at the BMA! Travel to faraway lands, make history come alive, and discover the world of art together in our galleries and family spaces. From family tours and art activities to cultural celebrations on special Family Days, there’s always something new to do. Make plans to visit during one of our many family programs, or stop by anytime for free fun in Bart’s ArtVenture and Bart’s Lair Under the Stairs.

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)

Family Tour: Musical Moments

Join the Museum educators to explore the galleries in a fun, interactive experience! Discover Bart the Art Bat’s favorite artworks during these FREE, drop-in tours. After your tour, visit Bart’s ArtVenture to make an art project inspired by what you saw. What will you discover?

Dance through the Museum searching for Musical Moments!

Family Tour: Musical Moments

Join the Museum educators to explore the galleries in a fun, interactive experience! Discover Bart the Art Bat’s favorite artworks during these FREE, drop-in tours. After your tour, visit Bart’s ArtVenture to make an art project inspired by what you saw. What will you discover?

Dance through the Museum searching for Musical Moments!

Bart’s Art Cart: Color, color, color!

This drop-in art program for kids and families features a different theme from our galleries and art activity each month. Stop by to make art with Bart!

In March, we will create a colorful crown to announce the end of winter.

First Thursdays: After Hours At BMA

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, listen to live music, catch a movie, or sit down with friends for tapas at Oscar’s. The Museum is open for your enjoyment until 9PM.

Bonjour, Delacroix! 

Get to know artist Eugène Delacroix, the star of our newest exhibition Delacroix and the Matter of Finish.

5-9PM Open galleries

5-9PM Tapas and cocktails, with a special French-inspired menu // Oscar’s Café

5:30-6:30PM Hamlet performance by Samford University students // Main Lobby

6PM Lecture: Eugène Delacroix: The Last of the Great Artists of the Renaissance and the First Modern, by Curator of European Art Robert Schindler, Ph.D. // Auditorium

6:30PM Drop-in and Draw class // 19th-Century Gallery

7PM Beer tasting // Oscar’s Café

7PM Live music // The Valley Roots

7PM Film Screening // Les Miserables (2012) // Auditorium

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)

Family Tour: Musical Moments

Join the Museum educators to explore the galleries in a fun, interactive experience! Discover Bart the Art Bat’s favorite artworks during these FREE, drop-in tours. After your tour, visit Bart’s ArtVenture to make an art project inspired by what you saw. What will you discover?

Dance through the Museum searching for Musical Moments!

Family Tour: Musical Moments

Join the Museum educators to explore the galleries in a fun, interactive experience! Discover Bart the Art Bat’s favorite artworks during these FREE, drop-in tours. After your tour, visit Bart’s ArtVenture to make an art project inspired by what you saw. What will you discover?

Dance through the Museum searching for Musical Moments!

Salvador’s Deli

Salvador’s Deli is a fundraiser created to award art materials to greater Birmingham area visual arts teachers and students in desperate need of art supplies for their classrooms. Proceeds put art supply kids directly in the hands of those teachers and students. Each kit includes all of the materials necessary for an art project of the teacher’s choice, for up to 29 students. The event will feature art made from food by local artists and art students. Our inaugural celebration will join Birmingham’s burgeoning art and food communities to create an event worth looking forward to year after year.

Salvador’s Deli will be a fun evening of local music, food, and art. Celebrity judges vote on winners and you can cast your vote in the People’s Choice Awards!

Teen BMA Night: Bollywood-Style

Teen BMA takes you to India for a night. Celebrate Holi, the Hindu celebration of color, at this cool event just for teens (ages 14-18)!

Sample traditional Indian food
Dance the night away with DJ Omari
Experience India through a Museum scavenger hunt (with prizes!)
Make some art of your own on our graffiti wall
Adorn yourself with Henna tattoos
Make a keepsake photo in the photo booth

For the grand finale, throw colors on your friends in the true spirit of Holi! Make sure you wear something white and something you don’t mind getting COLOR on!

Holi is a spring festival known as the festival of colors and is a national holiday in India. Traditionally, everyone plays, chases, and colors each other with dry powder to welcome the start of spring!

For more information on Teen BMA, email Associate Curator of Education Kristen Greenwood at kpgreenwood@artsbma.org.

Bart’s Art Cart: Color, color, color!

This drop-in art program for kids and families features a different theme from our galleries and art activity each month. Stop by to make art with Bart!

In March, we will create a colorful crown to announce the end of winter.

Family Tour: Musical Moments

Recommended for children ages 3-8 and their adult companions.

Join the Museum educators to explore the galleries in a fun, interactive experience! Discover Bart the Art Bat’s favorite artworks during these FREE, drop-in tours. After your tour, visit Bart’s ArtVenture to make an art project inspired by what you saw. What will you discover?

Dance through the Museum searching for Musical Moments!

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)

Family Tour: Spaces and Places

On this family tour, we will explore “Spaces and Places!” Discover scenes from around the world as we find landscapes in the Museum’s collection.

Bart’s Art Cart: Make a Medallion

This drop-in art program for kids and families features a different theme from our galleries and art activity each month. Stop by to make art with Bart!

In February, we will make medallions in the style of Wedgwood.