Drop by the BBAC in January for workshops, new classes, and more!

The BBAC rings in the new year with classes, a free youth workshop to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and new exhibits: Sacred Treasures and Current Student Works

New exhibits opening reception is set for Saturday, January 24, from 6-8 p.m. Free and open to the public. (Exhibits will run through March 27.)

Sacred Treasures

Sacred Treasures

Resolve to learn more about yourself and discover new artistic talents in the New Year. Visitors will be inspired by Sacred Treasuresthe new timely exhibit reflecting a host of religious faiths: Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Native American, and Sikh. This show will foster a greater awareness and understanding of these faith traditions and break down barriers as it promotes education, understanding and respect. According to the press release, among the sacred ritual objects on display will be head coverings, vestments, jewelry, prayer books and rugs, sculptures and wall hangings. The exhibit is organized by the InterFaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit.

“It is going to be a eclectic month at the BBAC,” said Annie VanGelderen, President & CEO of the BBAC. “We have a free youth workshop to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and a new exhibit called Sacred Treasures, curated by Nancy Thayer, a well-known artist and board member of the InterFaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit. Our popular, annual BBAC: Current Student Works will also motivate student artists and is an excellent opportunity to acquire affordable, original art. And of course there are workshops and classes throughout the winter for all levels of aspiring artists.”

Free Workshop: January 19, 2015, Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Free drop-in workshop for all ages in Studio 1 @ the BBAC
Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King.
Drop by the BBAC between 1–3 p.m. and make a Dream Box! Participants will also add their expressive mark to a collaborative mural in the art studio.

Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult

Winter classes and workshops- Jan. 5 through March 28 

Choose from book arts, ceramics, digital arts, drawing, fiber, jewelry & metalsmithing, mixed media, painting, pastel, photography, and printmaking classes.

Classes are for adults and youth starting at age four.

There is still time to register online, by phone or in person. If you are not a member yet, you can immediately become a member and qualify for an instant $40 discount on each class.

Adult Classes and Workshops:

Drawing: The Atelier Approach – Thursdays, January 8-March 26
The focus of this class will be learning the drawing method developed in European ateliers in the 18th century. Students will develop their skill for naturalistic seeing by using the sight-size approach of observational drawing. Artists who are well known for using this approach include Sir Henry Raeburn, Charles Bargue and John Singer Sargent.

All Levels; 12:30-2:30 p.m.; 12 sessions; $190 Members, $230 Guests; Instructor: Todd Burroughs

Workshop: Sat. Feb 7:  Oil Painting with a Knife

 Kim Rhoney: Single Pear with Leaf

Kim Rhoney: Single Pear with Leaf

This one-day workshop is for students longing to loosen up the painting process and add a little texture. Painting with a knife allows artists to paint wet-into-wet without disturbing the layer beneath. Those who enjoy painting with oil but dislike using solvents will enjoy this class and learn how to make impasto work without solvents and mediums.

All Levels, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., 1 session, $108 Members, $148 Guests, $50 Materials Fee; Instructor: Kim Rhoney

Contemporary Landscape Painting – Fridays, January 30 – March 27

This class covers the basic foundations of landscape painting with a focus on atmospheric perspective, accurate color mixing, composition, and photo interpretation. Through demonstrations, individual instruction, group critiques, and lectures on the history of classical landscape painting to the present, students will be encouraged to find their own personal direction as they create contemporary works of art. 1112.52.13.15

All Levels; 12:30-3:30 p.m., 9 sessions; $213 Members, $253 Guests; Instructor: Edward Duff

2nd Sunday @ the Center: Sunday, January 11, 1-4 p.m.

Studio 1 Drop-In Workshop –  $5 per person includes all materials

PROJECT: Snowball Relief Art
Kids will love exploring and designing with a variety of mixed media materials to make a circular relief sculpture. Starting with a 14” cardboard circle, participants will build up the surface with unique 3-dimensional objects and complete the final sculpture with white paint and shimmering accents. Suitable for all ages.

Participants must arrive by 3 p.m. No advance registration required for the workshop. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Ceramic Studio –   $20 per person includes all materials
PROJECT: Industrial Cups

Create your own slab-built ceramic cup and design the surface using hardware parts as inspiration for textures and patterns.

Space is limited to 12 people. Participants must arrive by 2:45 p.m.
Check in at the LaBan Commons Gallery prior to attending the workshop.
Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

2nd Sundays @ the Center are supported in part by PNC Foundation and happen every second Sunday, September through June.

Seniors @ the Center: Tuesday, Jan. 13, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.           
PROJECT: Winter Watercolor Landscape
Learn basic watercolor techniques to paint your own winter snow landscape.

$10 per person includes all materials

Join us once a month for drop-in workshops featuring art projects that entertain and educate. Projects will be completed in 45 minutes. Participants must arrive by 11 a.m. to complete a project. Advance registration for groups over four people – please call the BBAC, 248-644-0866, at least three days prior to the workshop date.

About the BBAC

The Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center has been providing “art for all” since 1957 and is a regional non-profit art center committed to promoting visual arts experiences. Each year more than 500 classes are offered for all skill levels and ages preschool to senior citizens. Throughout the year, nearly 5,000 individuals are served by classes, workshops, art camps, ArtAccess programs, special events and exhibitions that are free and open to the public (with an additional 75,000 impacted by Art Birmingham, the BBAC’s annual fine art fair).  The BBAC also supports hundreds of artists each year, with opportunities to teach, exhibit, and sell their work. The BBAC is a 25,000-square foot facility, with nine classroom studios, four exhibition galleries, and retail Gallery Shop. BBAC hours for the office, exhibitions and Gallery Shop: Mon.-Thurs., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

The BBAC is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, visit the BBAC at BBArtCenter.org, phone 248-644-0866 or visit our Facebook page. The BBAC is located at 1516 S. Cranbrook Rd., Birmingham MI 48009 between 14 and 15 Mile Rds.



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