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The DIA’s Art Studio @ Children’s Hospital!

This week marks the two-year anniversary of a special outreach program in which our Art Studio participates at Children’s Hospital – a wonderful neighboring institution just a few blocks away from the museum.

If you ever find yourself at Children’s Hospital in the Detroit Medical Center to visit a patient or receive care on a Friday, there is a chance you will run into staff from our studio and have an opportunity to work on an art project with them.  Each Friday afternoon, an artist from our staff visits the hospital to offer a free art workshop to patients and young visitors.

Each month we set up a different project on a cart with which we travel to individual rooms and clinics – working with kids from preschool to high school and from diverse backgrounds from all over the state.  Some young people we work with are visiting a friend or relative who is receiving care and some are patients themselves who are in the hospital for an afternoon or for many weeks.  Some of the most popular projects with our participants have included puppet-making, watercolor-painted postcards and making simple folk toys.

Working with the young people at the hospital has been an extremely rewarding experience for our staff involved in the program.  Patrick Wise, one of our staff artists explains “I receive twice the amount back as I give to these kids. I feel honored to be able to spend some time with them.”  Another staff artist, Jen Garrison adds, “I love having the opportunity to help a patient or visitor take a little mental break from being in the hospital.”  These staff members and others involved in the program are grateful for the opportunity to work with children in this setting and the wonderful feedback we receive from patients, families and hospital staff indicates that the experience is really valued on their end, too.

This past summer we began a new program on Wednesdays called “Art in the Garden,” when we had the opportunity to work with kids in the garden outside of the hospital on projects such as making cyanotypes (a fun photographic process that uses sunlight), pinwheels, and kites.  The Wednesday program is just for the summer months and will resume in Summer 2011.

We look forward to working with Children’s Hospital and the DMC for many more years to come!

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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!

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!

Cyanotypes

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In conjunction with the special exhibition: Photography, The First 1oo Years, on Saturdays in September, visitors to the museum will have the opportunity to participate in a (free!) drop-in workshop called Photograms: Cyanotype.

A photogram is a photographic  image made without a camera.  It is made by placing objects directly onto the surface of a photo-sensitive material such as photographic paper and then exposing it to light.  The areas of the paper that have received no light appear white, those exposed through transparent or semi-transparent objects appear in a medium tone, and areas that receive full light become dark.

Cyanotype is a blueprint process which provides permanent images in a beautiful range of cyan blue values.  The process is thought to have been discovered by John Herschel in 1842 and first used in a photographic way by Anna Atkins who is regarded as the first female photographer and who made the image above.

Visit us in the Student Lunchroom from 12-4pm on any Saturday in September and make your own!  If you find that you enjoy the process and results, there are many great resources for materials on the web.  One that we have used is http://www.blueprintsonfabric.com.  This store is an excellent resource for pre-treated cyanotype fabric and paper.

Summer Camp!

Our second camp session of 2009 ended today.  What an exciting and productive week – check out our flickr page to see how much fun we had!

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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!