Like schools everywhere, the Kirk Newman Art School at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is gearing up for fall classes. Most youth art classes start September 10 for an 11-week term. Tuition varies, and KIA members enjoy discounts. Full details are available at kiarts.org, or by calling 269/349-7775.
UPCOMING CLASSES FOR THE FALL
Parent & Child Clay Play, Saturday September 10, for kids 5+ and an adult (4 weeks).
My First Art Class, Friday October 28, for kids ages 3-4 with an adult (4 weeks). Kiln-Fired Glass (one day), Sunday, November 13 for kids 7+ with an adult.
AGES 4-K: Artistic Expression, Saturday, October 15 (6 weeks). GRADES 1-3: Art in the Kitchen, Saturday, September 10 (11 weeks). South of the Border, Saturday, October 15 (6 weeks).
GRADES 4-6 (ALL start Saturday, September 10): The Art of Drawing (11 weeks), Clay on the Wheel (11 weeks) Fun with Photography (4 weeks).
GRADES 6-12 (11 week classes starting Saturday, September 10): Drawing & Painting, Photography, Clay on the Wheel.
GRADES 6-12: Felting for Everyday, Saturday, September 24 (4 weeks), Surface Design on Fabric, October 22, (4 weeks).
MORE FAMILY FUN
The KIA offers free family fun every month (though kids through age 12 are always free, and adults pay just $5, students $2). Right now all ten galleries are filled with four traveling exhibitions and work from the KIA collection.
For the little ones, Art Detectives introduces kids 4-8 (with their adult) to the museum with an art story, a visit to the galleries, and art-making each second Saturday at 11 am. Upcoming dates are September 10, October 8, November 12, and December 10. Art Detectives is free, sponsored by Springgate & James, PC.
TEEN NIGHTS AND ART HOP
For the teens, Friday Teen Nights welcome older kids for art-making, museum-strolling, and pizza and pop on the Friday after Art Hop (usually the 2nd Friday of the month), 6-8 pm. Upcoming dates are October 15, November 11, and December 9.
As the cornerstone of downtown Kalamazoo’s monthly Art Hop, the KIA is where you’ll find the most art in the most relaxed and spacious setting the first Friday of each month (second Friday in case of holidays) – with free admission 5-8 pm. Upcoming dates are September 9 (Girls Can! open house) October 7 (Everyone’s a Member Day) and November 4 (exhibition opening for Poetry of Content). Art Hop is free, sponsored by Kalsee.
REDESIGNED KIDS CORNER
New this fall is the redesigned Kids Corner on the KIA’s lower level. Younger visitors will love this “please touch” space with a black light corner, magnet and drawing and pegboard walls, and a cozy nook filled with art-related books for a range of ages – even a typewriter (what’s that?!).