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Elephant Project Progress

We had a lot of enthusiastic visitors collaborating on our two elephant sculptures this past weekend.  Take a look at the photos, below, to see the great progress we made together.  If you missed this past weekend, there is still a lot of work to do – please join us in the Learning Center at the Museum this Friday from 6-9pm or Saturday from 12-4 to learn how to work with papier-mâché and wood and to contribute your mark to this exciting community art project.  The workshop is free with museum admission.

The Elephant Project

We’re excited to be participating in The Elephant Project, taking place at cultural institutions and venues across metro-Detroit and around the world!  Here in Metro-Detroit, it’s hosted by Marygrove College.  Here is a little information about the project from their website:

“In specific response to pressing local and global issues involving environmental sustainability and earth care, Marygrove College, with funding support from DTE Energy, will host Nomkhubulwane (Nom-koo-bull-WAH-nee, Zulu for Mother Earth), an elephant sculpture created by South African sculptor Andries Botha. This life-size sculpture, made of galvanized steel and recycled truck tires, is traveling around the world to raise awareness about how people can creatively address issues caused by the expanding human ecological footprint. Nomkhubulwane is one of 17 elephants on display globally by the Human Elephant Foundation (www.humanelephant.org).”

Here is a photo of Andries Botha’s sculpture (from his website):

On 10/20, Nomkhubulwane will migrate to our neighborhood to the Charles H. Wright Museum where you can see it in person.

In conjunction with Nomkhubulwane’s visit, here at the DIA we’re building some elephants of our own, and you are invited to help!  Join us in the Learning Center on Fridays 10/22 and 10/29 from 6-9 pm and Sundays 10/23 and 10/30 from noon-4 pm.  You are welcome to drop in to any or all of these sessions led by DIA studio artist Vito Valdez, and help us build two life-sized elephant sculptures out of wood and paper-mâché.  The workshop is free with museum admission.

Summer Camp for…ADULTS!

Our youth Summer Camps are extremely popular and a lot of fun (click here if you want to find out more or register your 5-8 or 9-12 year old), so this year we decided to expand our Summer offerings and let adults get in on the action!

In addition to our Potter’s Wheel workshops (every Sunday in June – click here for complete info), we’re offering six different one-session workshops for adults in July and August.

Check our website for full listings, but here are the programs offered:  Embellished Papers and Fibers (7/24), Simple Books (7/24), Coil-build Clay Planters (8/5), Beyond the Pinch Pot: Sculptural Clay Vessels (8/5), Scratching the Surface: Printmaking (8/14), and “Full Palette:” Painting and Pastel (8/14).

Join us for one or more of these exciting programs by clicking here and registering online, by emailing registration@dia.org, or by calling (313) 833-4249.  We hope to see you there!

Cristo Rey Mural Collaboration

Cristo ReyFor the past several months, DIA Art Studio instructor and artist Vito Valdez has been working with 14 9th-grade students at Cristo Rey – a new Catholic high school on the SW side of Detroit - on a collaborative mural project.  The mural is now finished and will be installed in their school before the Fall semester begins.  Vito was really impressed with the dedication of the students and their beautiful work on the mural. 

This project was made possible by a generous contribution from the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.

Summer Camp at the DIA!

3654098997_65d7d2f9d5[1]Today is the last day of our first week of summer camp!  The week has flown by and today is the campers’ art show for their parents.  Everyone has had a fantastic time making art together.  The older campers have, among other things, been working in painting, drawing, sculpture, clay, and papier mache.  The younger group has been making cement stepping stones, critter houses, bubble wands, butterfly nets  and books.  Check out our flickr page for more images from our first session of camp!  

3654935248_559877a5f2[1]If you missed out on this camp, never fear:  our next session is from July 13-17 with camps for ages 9-12 and ages 5-8.  

Each session costs $180 for members, or $225 for non-members.   Pre-registration and pre-payment required.  Call (313) 833-4249 to register.

We hope we’ll see you on July 13th!