You’ll fall for this lineup at the BBAC

Andrea Tama (Farmington Hills)According to a recent press release, you’ll fall for new exhibits set to open Friday, Sept. 19. Adaptation: Transforming Books Into Art and Students of Andrea Tama. The opening reception is set for Friday, Sept. 19 from 6 – 8 p.m. The shows will run through Nov. 7.

“September will be stellar at the BBAC,” said Annie VanGelderen, President & CEO of the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center. “New fall classes and the extraordinary altered books exhibit, curated by Linda Ross, will provide a unique perspective just in time for back to school—books telling a story in an entirely different way. It’s very exciting that our exhibit will showcase some of the best internationally known artists of this genre.”

The BBAC has an incredible fall lineup for students of all ages. The fall term at the BBAC runs from Sept. 8 through Dec. 13. Youth classes begin Sept. 15. Register now online at (24 hours); by phone, (248) 644-0866 or in person, Mon.-Thurs., 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Fri.-Sat. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Fall Classes to Consider

Introduction to Ceramics – No Experience Necessary

Relax, have fun, get your hands into clay, and find out why people love this incredible art medium. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Learn clay-forming methods and techniques such as pinching, coiling, slab-building and wheel-throwing. Glazing colors and techniques will be taught and students will use different clay sculpting tools. Choose either Wednesday, September 10 – November 26, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., 12 sessions $284 Members, $324 Guests $52 Materials/Studio Fee: Sign up for class # 1104.11.01.14

Or: Thursdays, September 11 – November 20, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., 11 sessions, $261 Members,

$301 Guests; $48 Materials/Studio Fee, Sign up for class # 1104.11.02.14

Jewelry/Metals Studio Sampler- No Experience Necessary

Jewelry.Metals picThis class is designed to introduce students to the BBAC metals department, its current faculty members, and a variety of jewelry making techniques. Six processes including piercing, small steel forging, bezel setting, fold-forming, chainmaille, and precious metal clay will be presented in one to two week segments, each taught by a different metals instructor. Each segment will focus on making a different project including rings, bracelets, earrings, and pendants using the techniques listed above. Projects as well as instruction are aimed at the beginning level student, but may also appeal to more advanced students looking to broaden their skills. Saturdays, September 27-November 15

9 a.m. – 12 p.m., 8 sessions, $190 Members, $230 Guests, $60 Materials Fee, Sign up for class #1108.51.06.14

Drawing & Painting: Botanical Art with Mixed Media

Botanical -Drawing & Painting Mixed MediaThis class will focus on creating traditional botanical art with a mixed media approach. Explore combining graphite, watercolor, ink, and colored pencil to accurately render botanical subjects. Following introductory exercises, students will work from life on seasonal subjects of their choice with individual guidance from the instructor. Level 2 & Up, Tuesdays, September 16-December 2, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m., 12 sessions, $284 Members, $324 Guests, $10 Materials Fee, Instructor: Barbara Holmer, Sign up for class #1121.31.01.14 

Two September drop-in workshops are inspired by our upcoming exhibition, Adaptation: Transforming Books into Art.


2nd Sunday @ the Center: Sunday, Sept. 14, 1 – 4 p.m.

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

PROJECT: Back-to-School Miniature Book

Bind and paint a miniature canvas-covered book to use as a necklace or backpack ornament. This project is fun for all ages. Participants must arrive by 3:15 p.m.  No advance registration required. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Ceramic Studio – $20 per person includes all materials

PROJECT: Relief Sculpture Tile
Carve a relief sculpture from a 6″x 6″ clay tile.  All pieces will be glazed and kiln fired.
Space is limited to 10 people per session. Session 1 starts at 1 p.m. and session 2 at 2:30 p.m. Check in at the LaBan Commons Gallery prior to attending the workshop.

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

Seniors @ the Center: Tuesday, September 9, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Studio 1 Drop-In Workshop  $10 per person includes all materials

PROJECT: Book Lovers Pendant
Make a pendant-size book necklace using leather, metal charms and canvas.  No experience necessary. Participants must arrive by 11:15 a.m. to complete a project.

BBAC Seniors @ the Center happens every second Tuesday, September through June. 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, 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 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, 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 Roads.

About Sarah Hovis

Freelance wordsmith, arts appreciator, grammar geek, sports spectator, stationery snob, and world traveler, Sarah charts her own course as the owner of saliho creative. She uses her creative mind and engaging dialogue to fearlessly bring the written word to life in print and online… all while keeping a watchful eye out for the next literary adventure. You can reach her at

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