Monthly Archives: May 2009

Camp Days at the DIA – engage your camp group in the discovery of Art!

self-portraits 031The Art Studio at the DIA offers a fantastic opportunity for camp groups in Southeastern Michigan.  On Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from June 1st to August 31st each summer we open our Studio to groups of campers.  For $12/student, campers  ages 8 and older can spend a day discovering art together.   After art exploration in the galleries, participants have a hands-on opportunity to make art in the studio.  Group organizers can choose between clay, painting or printmaking  for the group.  This program is always popular, so be sure to reserve a date early.  Call (313) 833-6448 for more information.


Papel Picado Drop-In Workshop

Now that we are back home in the museum, our Friday evening workshops are being held in our new Studio.  On Fridays from 6-9pm throughout the month of May, visitors to the museum are invited to stop by and create Papel Picado.  Papel Picado – Spanish for cut or perforated paper – is used in Mexican and Mexican-American communities to create colorful banners, flags and table cloths for Day of the Dead altars or for decorating during festivals and special occasions. 

Originally made with handmade paper from the amate tree, contemporary papel picado is most often made using tissue paper, metallic paper, or plastic.  Artists study for many years to learn the techniques of making Papel Picado.  At one time, the designs were cut out of each piece of paper using scissors.  Today sharp chisels are used to cut through many layers of paper at once. 

Below is an image of a traditional Papel Picado.  In our workshop visitors can create their own unique Papel Picado to take home. 


Detroit Public Schools Student Show


We’re really excited that the DPS student show returned to the museum this year!  The 72nd Annual Student Exhibition is installed  in the beautiful gallery space in the new Gibbs Learning Center, part of the Wayne and Joan Webber Education Wing,  right across from the Art Studio.  Check out fabulous work from young Detroit artists.  The exhibition runs through May 31st.  See more images of the work by clicking here.

Clay Creatures Class

We’ve only been in our new studio for two weeks and have already had some wonderful workshops and classes.  Byron Nemela, one of our studio artist instructors had a fantastic Clay Creatures class last Saturday.  Everyone had a blast, with vultures, giraffes, whales, cats and dogs all in the mix.  Keep an eye on our blog to join the fun!  Upcoming classes include t-shirt designs, garden sculpture and ceramic planters (for adults).  Click on the “Classes” tab, above to learn more. 



We’ve moved back into the museum!

We’re so happy to be moved into our amazing new studio in the museum!  If you’ve taken a class with us in the past several years, you’ve visited us in our old studio across the street from the museum.  Since some of the museum’s art collection was stored in the space that was to be our new studio, we had to wait until the grand re-opening of the museum to begin to build it.  It’s finished now and is located in the beautiful new Wayne and Joan Webber Education Wing on the John R. side of the museum.  Come and visit!

Here’s an image in our new studio of artist instructor and Studio Manager Eric Gill re-building the shelves we use to store clay projects while they are drying.

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Here’s a sneak peek of an almost-unpacked classroom at the end of the day.


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