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Easy Breezy Summer Art

ImageOne of the best parts of living in Northern Indiana in the summertime is its close proximity to Lake Michigan and all the beauty which she provides. From the sands of Saint Joseph to the dunes of Sawyer, there is no shortage of beach or summer fun to be found. Just as the shoreline stretches for miles and miles, so too do the possibilities for easy breezy summer art projects! Put on your flip flops, grab a towel, and join us in the sand for some great ideas to keep those young minds busy!


We eggspect to see you!

Make a sock bunny this Saturday at our Eggstravaganza event!

With Easter just under two weeks away, you may notice that the ol’ Bunny Trail is starting to pick up a lot of traffic.  Before you get swept up in all that cottontail congestion, we suggest you take the next eggxit marked  “SBMA!”  Join us here in our studios this Saturday, March 31, from 2-4 pm for an art-making hop-portunity that will everybunny will be talking about, including bunny mask making, “bunny putty” eggs and sock bunnies.


Make your own art table

Quick and Easy Art Table

by Cheryl Ricks

A great idea for every home, this amazing art table was designed by mom and local graphic designer, Cheryl Ricks.  Designating a space in your house for art keeps you organized and makes a great “discovery” station for your kids!

What you need:

• A coffee table (old or new)

• Chalkboard paint

• Dowel rod and hardware to hold the rod on (curtain rod hardware was used in the table pictured)

• Roll of paper

• Plastic containers to hold art supplies

• Long, narrow wood board to attach the containers to (see picture)

• 2 wood spacers to raise the long, narrow board up off the table so the paper can slide underneath it (see picture)

• Art supplies: chalk. crayons, markers, watercolors, popsicle sticks, stickers, stamps, playdoh/clay, glue, pipe cleaners. etc.


  • Sand the top of the table.
  • Paint the top with chalkboard paint.
  • Attach the hardware at one end for the doll rod and paper roll.
  • Nail the long narrow wood board with the spacers at each end of it to the opposite side of the table than the paper roll.
  • Nail, screw or super glue the plastic containers to the long narrow wood board so they can’t fall off the table easily. This is a great place to store some of the art supplies. Other supplies can be stored in containers underneath.


Michaels sells great paper rolls. You can get plain white and you can also get some that have activities and coloring pages on the roll. My 3-year-old son and I use this table all the time for art projects. Everything that is on the table is appropriate for his age, so he has full reign to use his creativity to the fullest!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from SBMA!

9.5 out of every 10 leprechauns prefer SBMA projects!

In homage to all wee artists of Irish and not-so-Irish descent, we’d like to share with you one of our favorite St. Patty’s Day projects.  Our most recent family day visitors tried it themselves earlier this month and it was a great success!

So while the soda bread is baking and the corned beef and cabbage are slow cooking, here’s a quick and fun way to add a rainbow or two to everyone’s luckiest day.


Festival of Banners 2012

Enter the Festival of Banners and share your artwork with the community!

Whenever there’s an email in your inbox from Candie Waterloo, (aka Miss Candie, one of our beloved youth instructors), the mastermind behind so many of our brilliant family, youth and community art projects, you know there’s something fun in the works.  The latest message she sent out was no exception: time for Festival of Banners 2012!

A joint program we present in association with Downtown South Bend Inc. and the City of South Bend, the Festival of Banners project is one of  many programs SBMA shares with the community to celebrate the visual arts in Northern Indiana.  The event embraces art from all ages and backgrounds, giving everyone in the community an opportunity to be a part of the celebration.  And, of course, for those of us who can only dream of seeing our artwork on display in a museum gallery, being able to drive or walk through downtown South Bend and see a banner you designed and painted yourself hanging for all to see is quite a thrill!




No Bones About It – Family Day was FUN

Family Day artists at work!

We’re willing to bet that for the families who attended our Family Day last Sunday, the big football game on t.v. that night was pretty anti-climatic.  How could anything be more exciting than disguising yourself as a dinosaur or digging for dinosaur bones?

You’ll see for yourself in this slideshow of our little guests in action that we had a great turnout and that fun was anything but extinct in our studio.

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If you missed Family Day this time, have no fear.  We’ll do another one on Sunday, March 4 from 1-3 pm.  You can also still learn how to make our dinosaur masks and try them at home.  Just CLICK HERE to LEARN MORE about our DINOSAUR MASK PROJECT.

February Family Day

For about six weeks now, Adrian Hatfield’s King of the Impossible exhibit has been on display in our Art League Gallery.  It’s an incredibly intriguing collection of artwork which, in the words of Hatfield, “examines the modes of visual communication developed within religion, science and fine art and the role they play in humanity’s attempt to understand itself and its place in the universe.”  Take this piece, entitled “KT and The Second Coming”:

KT and The Second ComingImage credits: detail, KT and the Second Coming, mixed media, 70”x60”x36” 2010

Our adult audiences might spend a few minutes gazing upon this piece, questioning the meaning of humanity and its place in the universe, but we are pretty sure we know what our younger visitors see: DINOSAURS.

So this weekend, as we prepare to host our Family Day event, we are not going to overthink it.  We’re going to  leave the “meaning of humanity” to the grown-ups and take on Adrian Hatfield through the eyes of a child—by making dinosaur art.  Come by and bring the family as our veteran youth instructor, Miss Candie, leads a project of prehistoric proportions.


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