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Programs & Activities

Film Screening: American Masters: Dorothea Lange: Grab A Hunk of Lightning

Saturday, August 11 1pm - 3pm

Known for her powerful images of the Great Depression, including the haunting “Migrant Mother,” Dorothea Lange bore witness as young America matured into a world power. For more than five decades, her lens brought subjects alive, transmitting raw emotions and capturing the human condition. This film is made by Dyanna Taylor, Lange’s granddaughter, who began her artistic vision, literally, at Lange’s feet.

Painting Party

Friday, September 14, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Registration $10 per person

Join the Museum of Art for a painting party! Art Instructors from the museum will lead an informal painting lesson in a fun and casual community setting. Bring a friend, or make some new ones, while indulging your inner artist at the museum.

Pre-registration by September 12 is required for all attendees. Two prints will be available to choose from at this event, participants must select one at time of registration. The registration fee includes all art supplies, painting lesson by a professional artists, and refreshments.

Light Works: A Century of Photography

Saturday, October 20, 1:00 pm to 3:00pm

Artist and photographer Bree Lamb will discuss light and motion in photography, highlighting select photographs featured in the exhibit Light Works: A Century of Photography from the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. Afterwards, Ms. Lamb will lead a walking gallery tour of the exhibition.

Birds in Art

Saturday, November 17 1pm - 3pm

Richard Quick, Curator of Living Collections at the museums, explores the origin of scientific names and the taxonomic classification of select birds featured in the exhibition Birds in Art. Afterwards, participants are invited to tour the gallery and identify the birds that were highlighted during the presentation.

Open Sketch

Thursday, December 13, 5:00 pm to 7:00pm

Join the museum for a relaxing evening of open sketch in the gallery. Featured subjects will be the art pieces in the Birds in Art exhibition as well as mounted bird specimens from the museum collections! The museum will provide all drawing materials and optional seating.


Saturdays, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Explore art as a family with a new art appreciation theme every month. Each session will delve into a facet of color, art history, or feature an individual artist. Come by and learn as a family with a hands-on art-making experience.

August 4 - “Bleezers Ice Cream” a poem by Jack Prelutsky
August 11 - Emotional Weaving
August 18 - Cinquain Poems
August 25 - The Best Part of Me

September Light & Motion

1 Thaumotropes, 8 Flipbooks, 15 Sun Prints, 22 Zoetropes, 29 Personalized Photo & Frame

October Mixed Media

6 Self Portraits, 13 Block Printing, 20 Mini Book, 27 Paper Marbling

November Birds in Art

3 Bird Sketch (Still Life), 10 Tissue Paper Birds, 17 Colorful Peacocks, 24 Origami Crane Charm

December Holiday

1 Snowmen Spoons, 8 Snow Globe Ornament, 15 Winter Tree Cards, 22 Holiday Reindeer, 29 New Year’s Noise Makers

Reading Art Book Club

2nd Wednesday of each month, 2:30 pm

The Reading Art Book Club is dedicated to exploring the connections between art and literature by reading and discussing books. As much as possible, books selected will relate, echo, or enhance the museum’s varied exhibitions. All are welcome to join us even if you haven't read the book or visited the gallery! Unless otherwise noted, the book club meets in the classroom of the Museum of Nature and Science.

August 8 - Birdwatcher: The Life of Roger Tory Peterson by Elizabeth J. Rosenthal

September 12 Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature by Linda Lear

October 10* The Girl Who Loved to Draw by Rose O’Neill

*For October you may read any of any of the following books other than (or in addition to) this month’s selection:

  • Kewpies and Beyond: The World of Rose O’Neill by Shelley Armitage
  • American Illustrator: Rose O’Neill by J.L. Wilkerson

November 14 50 Women Artists You Should Know by Christiane Weidemann

December 12 Painting Methods of the Impressionists by Bernard Dunstan