To register: Call 231.720.2571 at least one week before class begins.
Monday–Thursday, March 30–April 2
Robotics with LEGO® Bricks
Class Instructor: Kathleen Steudle-Schwander
Ages 10-13/limited spaces
Cost: $60/$50 member
Class participants will learn the joys of building and programming robots with LEGO bricks while working with and against each other to complete various missions. There is no greater adventure then that of the imagination and the sky is the limit with this class. Students will be challenged to solve problems in new ways and to come to the understanding that there are multiple ways to complete the same task. Participants will learn to use special computer software specifically made for crafting LEGO brick robotics. To register: Call 231.720.2571 by March 23.
Computers provided courtesy of the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District.
Tuesday & Thursday, April 7 & 9
Zentangles for tweens and teens
Instructor: Marjorie Goosen, Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT)
$40/$35 member (includes materials)
Zentagling is a great way to express yourself, with no art training or background required to make beautiful, fun, and funky images. Learn simple, repetitive strokes to make exciting, unique, fresh drawings using simple tools. Prepare to be amazed with your success. This class will leave you wanting more! To register: Call 231.720.2571 by March 31.
Saturday April 25, 10:30 am –noon
Matting and Framing Workshop
Instructor: Keith Downie
$20 non-member/$15 member
There are no rules in art and no firm rules in framing. There are, however, picture framing materials, techniques, and design principles that will provide a contemporary museum-style presentation while being safe for your artwork and easy on your budget. This class is limited to 12 participants. To register: Call 231.720.2571 by April 17.
Artist and master framer, Keith Downie will focus primarily on framing artwork on paper, including photographs, during this 90-minute workshop. Bring one small paper piece or photo to mat in the workshop (maximum 12 x 16 inch size). Topics will include:
• Identifying “archival” matting and glazing materials
• Essential mat cutting tools
• Cutting and assembling window mats
• Hinging and mounting artworks on paper
• Mat colors and frame style considerations
• Where to buy materials (local, catalogue, and online)
• Maximizing “a la carte” services from frame shops
Brown Bag films are shown on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month at 12:15 P.M. Films are free and complement MMA collections and exhibitions. Bring your lunch and enjoy complimentary coffee and cookies while you watch a film. Afterward, from 1:00 to 3:00 P.M., visit the galleries for drop-in guided tours led by MMA docents. Brown Bag Films and Thursday afternoon tours are underwritten by MMA Education Partner Alcoa Foundation/Howmet.
As it has been since 1923, Friends of Art extends a welcome to all who wish to partake in its program of study. As stated in the FOA by-laws, the purpose of the organization is to “…promote the study of art and to support the Muskegon Museum of Art.” FOA was incorporated in 1921 as a non-profit organization associated with the Hackley Art Gallery (now the MMA) and was an outgrowth of weekly morning art classes held at the gallery prior to 1917. In 1923, the group began the Wednesday morning programs that continue today. Meetings are scheduled from early fall through mid-May and are not held in January. In addition to daytime lectures presented by guest speakers and members, FOA hosts occasional field trips and evening programs. FOA membership is $20 per person. Muskegon Museum of Art membership is required for FOA membership.
Admission to most Friends of Art programs is free and open to the public.