Get all the fun without the commitment during BBAC drop-ins
There will be art projects for people of every skill level at the second “Japanese Art in the Afternoon” drop-in event at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center.
Posted March 14, 2017
BIRMINGHAM — Everyone knows the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center offers hundreds of classes each year to art students of every age and skill range.
But what you might not know is that there are plenty of opportunities at the center to pop in just for the afternoon and learn something new about art, even if you can’t commit to a full series of classes.
Drop-in classes are offered each month for different groups and interests. Last Tuesday, older adults created clay garden sculptures during a ceramic edition of the Seniors @ the Center drop-in workshop. And this weekend, the Sundays @ the Center drop-in class will give give students of any age the chance to create upcycled pamphlet-stitched minibooks using decorative second-hand materials.
BBAC President and CEO Annie VanGelderen said the Sundays @ the Center classes are family friendly, but hardly geared toward just kids.
“It’s multigenerational. A grandparent can come and bring their grandchild, or a full family with kids from 4 to 14 can come and they’ll all be able to experience an art project at their own level,” she explained.
“Our drop-in workshops are such a great way to introduce many different types of art projects. We always make sure that each workshop is approachable for any age, understanding that little ones attend with a parent or older sibling,” added Susan Owens, youth programs and art access director.
That will hold true next month, when Sundays @ the Center brings back one of its most popular events, “Japanese Art in the Afternoon.” The drop-in workshop will feature a full day of Japanese-themed art making, demonstrations and performances appropriate for families, couples or individuals of all ages.
“Last year was our inaugural Japanese Day, and we were overwhelmingly surprised with the amount of people that came and were totally engaged in the activities,” VanGelderen said. “We’re going to do it again and celebrate the Cherry Blossoms Festival in Japan with a number of different hands-on experiences that will all be related to Japanese fine art, and it’s all going to be free in April.”
On the schedule for “Japanese Art in the Afternoon,” which will be held 1-3 p.m. April 10, will be demonstrations for ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging; raku, the practice of pottery firing; and Japanese woodblock printing. There will be a performance of the koto, a traditional Japanese stringed instrument, and interactive art activities like fish painting, watercolor cherry blossom scroll making and origami paper folding.
The event will be a great way for new visitors to the BBAC to get a taste of what the center has to offer in the way of classes, gifts and more.
“Our drop-ins are designed to ignite and inspire a love of art, and it’s an opportunity to experiment with new materials and encourage exploration in any medium for all ages,” said VanGelderen. “We don’t always have time to invest in classes, but the drop-ins allow visitors to explore their creativity or even just walk around our galleries and experience the art on our walls, have a dialogue with their children or partner.”
For more information on “Japanese Art in the Afternoon” or other drop-in classes available throughout the year at the BBAC, visit bbart center.org or call (248) 644-0866.
The Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center is located at 1516 S. Cranbrook Road in Birmingham.
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Staff Writer Tiffany Esshaki covers Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills and Bloomfield Township as well as Oakland County Parks and Recreation and Oakland County Animal Control and Pet Adoption Center. Esshaki has worked for C & G Newspapers since 2011 and attended the University of Michigan-Dearborn and Oakland Community College. She’s the recipient of several awards from the Michigan Press Association and the Detroit chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
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