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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.

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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.

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!

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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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!

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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