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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Explore A Shared Legacy, featuring works by 19th-century self-taught American artists. As the cultural landscape of the nation shifted, self-taught artists created still lifes, landscapes, and allegories popular with the growing middle class. The course will also examine the essential genres of portraits, decorative arts, and signs made by folk artists of the time. The exhibition is drawn from the collection of Barbara L. Gordon. Read More

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Young Artists (ages 3 to 5)
3:45 pm - 4:30 pm

Give your young artist a head start with eye-hand coordination and learning about colors, lines, shapes, textures, and patterns. Each class offers a playful approach to drawing, painting, and sculpture. Sign up for one class or the whole series! Classes are limited to 10 children along with a parent or adult partner. Instructor: Gloria Simons Time: 3:45 to 4:30 P.M. Tuesday: April 12, 26; May 10, 24; June 7 Cost: $8 members/$12 non-members for each class $32 members/$48 non-members for five classes Read More

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

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Ekphrasis – A Monthly Book Club About Art
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Leonardo and the Last Supper by Ross King Milan, 1496 and forty-four-year-old Leonardo da Vinci has a reputation for taking on commissions and failing to complete them. He is in a state of professional uncertainty and financial difficulty. For eighteen months he has been painting murals in both the Sforza Castle in Milan and the refectory of the convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie. The latter project will become the Last Supper, a complex mural that took a full three years to complete on a surface fifteen feet high by twenty feet wide. Not only had he never attempted a painting of such size, but he had no experience whatsoever in painting in the physically demanding medium of fresco. For more than five centuries the Last Supper has been an artistic, religious and cultural icon. The art historian Kenneth Clark has called it ‘the keystone of European art’, and for a century after its creation it was regarded as nothing less than a miraculous image. Even today, according to Clark, we regard the painting as ‘more a work of nature than a work of man’. And yet there is a very human story behind this artistic ‘miracle’, which was created against the backdrop of momentous events both in Milan and in the life of Leonardo himself. In Leonardo and the Last Supper, Ross King tells the complete story of this creation of this mural: the adversities suffered by the artist during its execution; the experimental techniques he employed; the models for Christ and the Apostles that he used; and the numerous personalities involved – everyone from the Leonardo’s young assistants to Ludovico Sforza, the Duke of Milan who commissioned the work. Read More

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Play with Clay (ages 3 to 5 with an adult partner)
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Working with clay offers an exciting tactile experience for young children. Parents can join in the fun in this beginning ceramics class. Classes are limited to 10 children along with a parent or adult partner.   Instructor: Donna Pickens and Education staff Time: 2 to 3 P.M. Wednesday: April 20; May 4, 11, 25 Cost: $40 members/$60 non-members for the series of four classes Read More

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

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Art Ed Central
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

All area art teachers are invited to join us for the last two teacher workshops for the 2015 – 2016 school year. Each program includes hands-on projects inspired by art on view in the galleries, guided tours of exhibitions, light refreshments, and sharing of ideas with other arts professionals. Participants also earn certification hours. Be sure to mark these dates on your calendar: Thursday, April 14 and May 12, 2016 4:30 to 6 P.M. To register for these FREE workshops, call Brandy Morrison at 334.240.4365 or email edsecy@mmfa.org. Art Ed Central is a regional division of the Alabama Art Education Association, and is co-sponsored by the MMFA and AAEA District Representative Sally Chambliss, art teacher at LAMP. Read More

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Painting the Landscape
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join Barbara Davis in a series of classes focusing on painting the landscape in oils. Beginners are welcome in addition to more experienced artists as you study value, composition, color, and color mixing. Using your photographs or those provided by the instructor, you will learn more about painting the land, sky and water. Register early for this popular artist/teacher! A supply list will be provided upon registration. Instructor: Barbara Davis Time: 6:30 to 8:30 P.M. Thursdays: April 14, 28; May 5, 12, 26 Cost: $125 members/$170 non-members for the series of five classes Read More

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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Sunlight & Shadow: Capturing the Essences of Architectural Elements
10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Learn to draw architectural detail focusing on the values in the shadows cast by sunlight. On Saturday participants will work with pencil drawings, inspired by photographs provided by this nationally recognized instructor, and with pen and ink on Sunday. Students and artists of all levels of experience will increase their skills of seeing the range of values from black to white in an image, and then re-creating them in a work of art. Instructor: Melissa Tubbs Dates and Time: Saturday, May 14: 10 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Sunday, May 15: 12 noon to 4 P.M. Cost: $125 members/$170 non-members for the two-day workshop Read More

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Sunlight & Shadow: Capturing the Essences of Architectural Elements
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Learn to draw architectural detail focusing on the values in the shadows cast by sunlight. On Saturday participants will work with pencil drawings, inspired by photographs provided by this nationally recognized instructor, and with pen and ink on Sunday. Students and artists of all levels of experience will increase their skills of seeing the range of values from black to white in an image, and then re-creating them in a work of art. Instructor: Melissa Tubbs Dates and Time: Saturday, May 14: 10 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Sunday, May 15: 12 noon to 4 P.M. Cost: $125 members/$170 non-members for the two-day workshop Read More

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