Summer Camp is Here!

Our first sessions of 2010 Summer Camp began today!   Check out photos from our first day on our flickr page.  There’s still time to register for our July sessions!  Find out more and register online on the DIA’s website.


Summer Adult Studio Classes: The Potter’s Wheel

The DIA’s One-Day Potter’s Wheel Workshops are for anyone interested in trying the potter’s wheel, whether you’ve never touched clay or have taken many classes before!  Though the wheel takes years to master, an afternoon in the DIA Art Studio allows a great hands-on learning experience while exploring simple shapes.  Students get to decorate their work with underglazes and pots will be clear-glazed and ready for pick-up at a later date.

This June we’re offering weekly wheel workshops, with a special offer of buy 3 classes, get one free!  Students taking several classes can explore the interactions of color more as they experiment with different glazes.

The next Potter’s Wheel Workshops are scheduled every Sunday in June, from 1-4 pm. Read more information and register on our website by clicking here.

Professional Development for Teachers

We’re offering two exciting workshops especially for teachers in the Wayne and Joan Webber Education Wing this summer, for CEU credits or simply for personal enrichment.   Each workshop is $120 for members, $150 for non-members and $75 for student teachers.

Imaginitive Classrooms (Tuesday – Thursday, July 6-8, 9-3:30) will be taught by Art Curriculum Specialist Lisa Blackburn.  This workshop is for classroom teachers who are looking for ways to incorporate art into their curriculum. Through thought provoking discussions and hands-on activities participants will discover new ways to encourage the creative expression of each student. Teachers will leave with project ideas and resources applicable for all ages.

Teaching Higher Thinking Skills (Tuesday-Thursday, July 20-22, 9-3:30) will be taught by the museum’s Executive Director of Learning and Interpretation, Nancy Jones.

* Learn an effective model of promoting critical thinking and language skills through looking at art
* Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) method has been proven to increase test scores and writing skills
* VTS is useful for teachers of all subjects
* Class will cover theoretical background and train you to use this method with students
* Supports English Language Arts and Visual Arts Standards

Visit the DIA’s website for complete information or to register online.  You may also register by email (, or by phone (313) 833-4249.

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, or by calling (313) 833-4249.  We hope to see you there!

Potter’s Wheel Workshops

Our one-day Potter’s Wheel Workshops  at the DIA are a great introduction to the art and craft of the potter. The focus is on the basics, giving you a hands-on learning experience as you explore simple shapes. Students will have the chance to decorate their work with underglazes and then pick up their projects at a later date.

The next Potter’s Wheel class is April 25th, from 1-4 pm.

Register on the DIA’s website by clicking here. Or sign up for the June classes, when we’ll begin offering Potter’s Wheel Workshops every Sunday (complete with a “buy three classes – get one free” deal)!

New Galleries of Islamic Art to Open in February!

We’re thrilled that the Museum’s new galleries of Islamic art are opening in just a few short weeks!  They will be open beginning Sunday, 2/28 and will feature works of art spanning the 7th-early 20th centuries from the Mediterranean region, the Middle East, Central Asia and India.  Here is a sneak peek of some specific objects that will be on view (from the DIA’s website): “an exceptional Timurid Qur’an, a splendid enameled bottle made in Syria in the Mamluk period, the largest surviving 17th-century Ottoman velvet summer carpet in the world, and an exquisite, all-silk animal carpet probably made for the Safavid ruler, Shah Tahmasp (r. 1524-76), an impressive early Iznik blue and white charger from Ottoman Turkey, a Qur’an taken by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan from the library of the Uzbek ruler Nadhr Muhammad Khan in 1646, an unusual Mughal painting of mystics seated by a lake, and a small, personal Qur’an, copied by the Ottoman royal calligrapher Mehmed Rasim in 1730, which once belonged to Princess Nazimah Sultan.”  To read the museum’s complete press release, click here.

In conjunction with the opening of these new galleries, we’re offering a (free!) Drop-In art-making workshop called “Patterns, Symbols and Designs” on Fridays in February from 6-9 in the Art Studio.  Participants will have the opportunity to create their own textile design by printing or drawing on silk  using stamps and fabric markers.  We hope to see you there!

Puppet Workshops!

One of the best parts of the holiday season here at the museum each year are all of our extra (free with museum admission!) drop-in puppet-making workshops!  Join us this year to make your own gingerbread puppet, sock puppet, stick puppet, marionette, and finger puppet.  If you visited our studio over the Thanksgiving weekend you already got a taste of puppet-making, but don’t worry if you missed us last weekend; there are a number of upcoming workshops scheduled for December.

Here is a list of our upcoming puppet workshops in December:

(Please see the Drop-In page of this blog for a full listing of these and all of our other workshops.)

Gingerbread Puppets – Saturday 12/15, 5-8:30 (in conjunction with Noel Night)

TBD Puppet Workshop – Saturday 12/26, 12-4

Sock Puppets – Sunday 12/27, 12-4

Bug Puppets – Monday 12/28, 12-4

Tongue Depressor Stick Puppets – Tuesday 12/29, 12-4

Felt Marionette Puppets – Wednesday 12/30, 12-4

Model Magic Finger Puppets – Thursday 12/31, 12-4

We hope to see you for one or all of these fun workshops!