It’s August at the BBAC — beat the heat and let your creativity surge

Summer isn’t over yet with plenty of workshops and camps open and available. The newest eclectic set of exhibits, featuring the wonderful work of Linda Soberman, Mosaic Artists of Michigan, Kelly Smith, and Group of 10 is also up and running through August 22.

“August is a great time to explore art at the BBAC,” said Annie VanGelderen, President & CEO of the BBAC. “This month we’re featuring four free exhibits, each showing very different types of art, plus fun camps for the kids and interesting workshops for adults. Spur your summer creativity before it’s too late. And for those who plan ahead and want a particular class, fall term registration begins this month, in August. There are so many excellent classes to choose from.”

Adult Workshops to Consider in August

Printmaking: Intro to Etching

This course will cover a wide range of traditional and contemporary dry point and etching techniques including the use of liquid ground, sharpie markers, transfer methods and other modern applications. Great foundation for etching. Aug release, Laura Beyer, Etching Intaglio

Sign up for class #2120.54.04.14, Intro/Level 1, Monday – Thursday, August 11-14, 9:00 am-3:30 pm, 4 sessions, $240 Members / $280 Guests, $30 Materials Fee, with instructor Laura Beyer.

Ceramics: All Levels Workshops

Experience working with clay using basic foundations through an exploration of techniques; learn practical methods of ceramic arts such as wheel throwing, hand building, decoration and glazing.

Electric kiln-firing will be available and each person will be working at his or her own level with the guidance of instructor, Sandra Belcher.

Sign up for class #1104.54.03.14, Monday – Friday, August 11 – 15 AND/OR # 1104.54.04.14, August 25-29. Classes are 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm, 5 sessions, $135 Members/$175 Guests, $30 Materials/Studio Fee

Ceramics: Glazing Patterns Workshop, Level 3+

Aug release, ARTIST-Frank James Fisher . TITLE-Glaze Patterns . MEDIUM-PorcelainWork with artist/instructor Frank James Fisher as he demonstrates a variety of techniques to apply unique glaze patterns to your bisque ware using a variety of common materials found in the home. This is a student participation workshop. Students should bring either three or four bisque cylinders (approximately 4-inches diameter) or spherical bottles (approximately 6 -7 inches diameter) ready for glazing.

Sign up for #2104.34.06.14, Sat., August 16, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, 1 session, $45 Members / $85 Guests.

All-Levels Watermedia Painting Workshop:  Focusing on Concept & Image to Create Powerful Paintings with visiting artist Marilyn Derwenskus

In this workshop, participants will learn the sources of ideas for the visual artist and how to adjust design and technique to strengthen the communication of the artist’s idea. This strategy clearly embeds power in the painted image. Design and technique will be reviewed throughout the week as well as a final critique.

Sign up for #2112.54.05.14, Monday – Friday, August 25-29, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, 5 sessions, $298 Members / $338 Guests.

Planet Lori Art Camp – Aug. 25-29 (Ages 5-15)

This free week of camp is designed for children who have experienced or are experiencing a parent or close relative with cancer. Art can be healing and help children who are dealing with this difficult process, even if they are not directly affected. The camp runs daily August 25-29,

9 am – 3 pm.  Visit to apply.

For more information regarding camps, visit

Register Online, By Phone or In-Person

Online:, Phone: 248.644.0866

Summer Hours: BBAC Office & Exhibitions: 9 am–5 pm, Mon.–Sat.

Fall Term at the BBAC- It’s not too early to plan ahead!

Enjoy the rest of the summer without that back-to-school rush-Sessions run Sept. 8 –Dec. 13

Early Registration for Contributing Members by phone or in person only, Thursday, Aug. 7 through Saturday, Aug. 9, 9 am – 5 pm.

Basic Members — Registration begins Monday, August 11, 9 am

Open/Guests — Registration begins Monday, August 18, 9 am

Register Online – 24 hours a day by phone or in person- Office Hours: 9am – 5pm

Bookmark it Now: Adaptation: Turning Books Into Art at the BBAC

This engaging, clever new exhibit featuring international artists will take place from

September 19 through November 7. The opening (free) reception will be Fri., Sept. 19, 6-8pm.

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, outreach 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 summer hours for the office, exhibitions and Gallery Shop: Mon.-Sat., 9 am-5 pm

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, 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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