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Paper Marbling Drop-In Workshop

Photo credit:  This image of marbled paper is from Marble Art.

 Paper Marbling is a form of surface decoration with a rich history.  The technique has been developed over several centuries in Asia, Europe and the Middle East.  A marbled image is created by first floating color on water or a similar substance.  After the color is manipulated with simple tools, paper or fabric is pressed onto the surface to capture a monotype print of the pattern.  It’s called marbling because it can produce patterns similar to marble or other types of stone, and is often used in calligraphy, bookbinding, and as stationary. 

DIA Art Studio Marbling WorkshopVisit our Art Studio on Saturdays in April from 12-4pm to create your own sheet of marbled paper using our simplified version of traditional paper marbling techniques.  The workshop is free with museum admission and is for ages 5 and up (children under 12 must be accompanied by and adult).

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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!

The Elephant Project

We’re excited to be participating in The Elephant Project, taking place at cultural institutions and venues across metro-Detroit and around the world!  Here in Metro-Detroit, it’s hosted by Marygrove College.  Here is a little information about the project from their website:

“In specific response to pressing local and global issues involving environmental sustainability and earth care, Marygrove College, with funding support from DTE Energy, will host Nomkhubulwane (Nom-koo-bull-WAH-nee, Zulu for Mother Earth), an elephant sculpture created by South African sculptor Andries Botha. This life-size sculpture, made of galvanized steel and recycled truck tires, is traveling around the world to raise awareness about how people can creatively address issues caused by the expanding human ecological footprint. Nomkhubulwane is one of 17 elephants on display globally by the Human Elephant Foundation (www.humanelephant.org).”

Here is a photo of Andries Botha’s sculpture (from his website):

On 10/20, Nomkhubulwane will migrate to our neighborhood to the Charles H. Wright Museum where you can see it in person.

In conjunction with Nomkhubulwane’s visit, here at the DIA we’re building some elephants of our own, and you are invited to help!  Join us in the Learning Center on Fridays 10/22 and 10/29 from 6-9 pm and Sundays 10/23 and 10/30 from noon-4 pm.  You are welcome to drop in to any or all of these sessions led by DIA studio artist Vito Valdez, and help us build two life-sized elephant sculptures out of wood and paper-mâché.  The workshop is free with museum admission.

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.

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)!

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!

Clay Wheel-Throwing Workshop

Here are a few photos from our great Wheel-throwing Workshop last weekend.  If you missed it, check out our next workshop on  Dec 6th from 1-4pm ($36 for members, $48 for non-members).

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