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Adults and Teens

We offer an array of opportunities for learning, creating, and sharing through art experiences at the Museum. Whether taking a class in our studios or hearing from an expert in our galleries, our visitors can choose from a variety of activities to engage with art. With established weekly programs like ArtBreak and Slow Art Sunday, or special events like First Thursday, Art On The Rocks, and teen nights, the BMA invites you to find a program that interests and excites you!

Hagar and Ishmael Saved by the Angel

Hagar and Ishmael Saved by the Angel

June 30, 2019

Slow food, slow living, slow… art? Unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide your slow art experience and foster conversation. Leave the Museum feeling inspired- not tired!

This Sunday, Master Docent Marlene Wallace will lead a discussion on Hagar and Ishmael Saved by the Angel by Sebastiano Ricci in the Kress galleries.

Nydia, The Blind Flower Girl of Pompeii

June 23, 2019

Slow food, slow living, slow… art? Unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide your slow art experience and foster conversation. Leave the Museum feeling inspired- not tired!

This Sunday, Master Docent Julia Stork will lead a discussion on Nydia, The Blind Flower Girl of Pompeii by Randolph Rogers in the American gallery.

Dreaming

Dreaming

June 16, 2019

Slow food, slow living, slow… art? Unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide your slow art experience and foster conversation. Leave the Museum feeling inspired- not tired!

This Sunday, Master Docent Caroline Wingate will lead a discussion on Dreaming by Eanger Irving Couse in the American gallery.

Driven Back

Driven Back

June 9, 2019

Slow food, slow living, slow… art? Unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide your slow art experience and foster conversation. Leave the Museum feeling inspired- not tired!

This Sunday, Master Docent Margaret Harrill will lead a discussion on Driven Back by De Cost Smith in the American gallery.

How the West was Won and Lost

How the West was Won and Lost

June 8, 2019

In this program for adults, specially trained docents present the Museum’s collection by means of verbal descriptions, three-dimensional tactile models based on original works of art, and original sculpture.

Join Docent Kay Hanlin for this guided tour of the American galleries using tactile replications of the BMA’s famous Bierstadt painting and a touch experience with two original sculptures. Reservations are required due to limited space. Please RSVP by 4:30 pm on Wednesday, June 5, 2019.

To reserve your spot or learn more about group tours, email tours@artsbma.org or call 205.254.2964.
Sensory Empowerment tours are also available for school-age or adult groups. tours are also available for school-age or adult groups.

Perseus - Homage to Benvenuto Cellini

Perseus – Homage to Benvenuto Cellini

June 2, 2019

Slow food, slow living, slow… art? Unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide your slow art experience and foster conversation. Leave the Museum feeling inspired- not tired!

This Sunday, Master Docent Julia Stork will lead a discussion on Perseus – Homage to Benvenuto Cellini by Salvador Dalí in the Kress galleries.

City River Scene

City River Scene

May 26, 2019

Slow food, slow living, slow… art? Unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide your slow art experience and foster conversation. Leave the Museum feeling inspired- not tired!

This Sunday, Senior Docent Judy Cook will lead a discussion on City River Scene by Hughie Lee-Smith in the American gallery.

Crow Booming the One Big Water, Gulls Flying Away, 2010, Merritt Johnson (American, born 1977), oil and alkyd on panel, Collection of the Art Fund, Inc. at the Birmingham Museum of Art; Gift of the artist AFI.462.2012 © Merritt Johnson

Crow booming the One Big Water, Gulls flying away

May 19, 2019

Slow food, slow living, slow… art? Unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide your slow art experience and foster conversation. Leave the Museum feeling inspired- not tired!

This Sunday, Master Docent Margaret Harrill will lead a discussion on Crow booming the One Big Water, Gulls flying away by Merritt Johnson in the Native American gallery.

The Potter

The Potter

May 12, 2019

Slow food, slow living, slow… art? Unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide your slow art experience and foster conversation. Leave the Museum feeling inspired- not tired!

This Sunday, Master Docent Caroline Wingate will lead a discussion on The Potter by Allan Houser in the Native American gallery.

Portrait of a Lady, Lavinia Fontana, oil on canvas

Drop-In Tour: Bling at the BMA

May 12, 2019

Diamonds and pearls and gold, oh my! Jewelry is a universal form of adornment. It can be an indication of rank and social status. Precious materials can be used as a form of protection against dangers. And, just like paint and stone, bling can be used as a material to make art.

Please drop-in and join Master Docent Julia Stork for this FREE tour of bling in the BMA’s collection at 1:00 pm.