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Cylinder Seals Drop-In Workshop

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Our Sunday Drop-In Workshop for the month of September is called “Make Your Mark!  Personal Seals,” and gives visitors an opportunity to make a simple cylinder seal similar to those made in ancient times.  These seals were first created in the Near East and later were made in Mesopotamia and Egypt and were used to create multiple impressions of the same document.  Usually made of stone (often amethyst or lapis lazuli), the cylindrical seal would have images or symbols carved into it.  When the seal was rolled over wet clay, the indentiations created an impression in the clay; this process could be repeated countless time to make many copies of a document.  Because the seals were often made of beautiful stones, sometimes they would be included along with gold and jewels in graves of important people.

In our workshop visitors will be able to carve their own symbols, patterns or pictures into a wax cylinder and then roll their seal over wet clay to create an impression.   Visit us any Sunday in September in the Student Lunchroom from noon-4!

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Second Saturdays on the Riverfront

Head down to Rivard Plaza on the river (1340 E. Atwater Street in Detroit; click here for a map) to visit us on the 2nd Saturday of each summer month through September.  The DIA has partnered with the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for this fabulous once-a-month event.  Click here for more information about the program from the Conservancy’s website. 

We’ll be there this Saturday (8/8) from 11am – 1pm with a free drop-in workshop for all ages.  We’ll provide all the materials you need to make your own kalimba instrument (a type of African thumb piano) to take home.  Come join us!

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The DIA Evening Post

Throughout the recent Norman Rockwell exhibition at the museum, hundreds of our visitors created their own “DIA Evening Post” magazine cover  in our Drop-In Workshop.  You can still check out the spectacular results displayed on our Flickr page.  

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