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Beat Winter Blahs with ART!

We’ve come to the end of the first week of a new class session at SBMA, and we’ve found the creative juices flowing in our studies almost intoxicating.  Are you yearning for a winter escape?  A place where you can have fun, unwind, and yet grow at the same time?  Then tell your inner artist to wake up from her long winter’s nap and start creating – it is not too late to register.  The courses we have available promise opportunities for aspiring artists of all interests and ability levels.  Browse our class offerings here: Wntr12Classes and see which artsy itch of yours starts to tingle under those long underwear you’ve got on.  We’d love to see you in our studios!

What’s an SBMA class really like?  CLICK HERE to LEARN MORE about our STUDIO CLASS, LANDSCAPES in PASTELS.


The Best of SBMA 2011

Skateboards, shopping and Rain barrels…just a few of the things that represent the highlights of the past year here at SBMA. As we cross over from 2011 to 2012, we want to thank all of our members, visitors, students and instructors for all they have done to help make the past year such a successful one here at SBMA.  When the “all call” went out to our staff asking for their favorite memories of 2011, the number of events and accomplishments that were recalled and shared was overwhelming!  We have every reason to look back with gratitude and pride and ahead with excitement.  LEARN MORE about the YEAR’s BEST AT SBMA by CLICKING HERE.

Faux Faux Faux! Merry Sculpting!

If you sit in the SBMA offices on a Friday morning, you’re bound to hear the sound of 5th grade voices echoing off the walls of our sculpture corridor.   As guests in our Sculpture Quest program, the 5th grade students of our neighboring Penn Harris Madison school district join us every week to explore sculpture with our docents and make 3-dimensional art with our instructor, Miss Candie.  This year’s project is this fabulous and colorful wire faux glass sculpture.

Lovely and inspiring, these sculptures are the work of our 5th grade visitors!

With just a few simple materials and some basic directions, students are able to create these intriguing pieces that add color and beauty to any desk, shelf or display space at home.  To LEARN MORE about this project, CLICK HERE.

Soap Opus

Our galleries were a-flurry for the snow soapmen!

Our last Kids’ Night Out event was a huge success – we were thrilled to host dozens of families here in our galleries and to watch our young guests create art.  One of our most popular activities that night was sculpting soap snowmen.   In fact, our staff could barely keep up with the demand for Ivory soap shavings!  We ultimately ran out of supplies and had to promise some of our guests that we’d share the instructions for the project on the blog so that they could try it out at home.  Trust us when we say this will be one of the cleanest, most fragrant ways to make a mess you’ll ever try!  To LEARN MORE about HOW TO DO THIS PROJECT, CLICK HERE.

Our Favorite Art Books for Young Artists

Everyone deserves an art book for Christmas!

Even if a Kindle is on your wish list this holiday season, we’d like to put in a plug for good old fashioned books – the kinds that come with covers and pages and pictures and look lovely on shelves.  And while browsing the art section of a bookstore sounds like a perfect way to spend an afternoon in December, we realize that a go-to list might also be handy in expediting your gift-giving mission.  If there are children or teens to shop for this year, we’d like to recommend just a few art books that we think are especially fun.  CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR LIST.

I Got It at the Dot!

The Dot Shop will be open for business next week!

“I got it at the Dot!”

Trust us, Michiana, when we say you’ll find yourself hearing and repeating this phrase around town in the coming weeks and months – “I got it at the Dot!”

“I’m a Dot Shopper,” you’ll say again and again, as you suddenly find yourself invited to more and more parties and celebrations, being that your reputation for giving fabulous gifts is blossoming around town.

“Just Dot it!” you’ll recommend to your very stylish and interesting friends who are searching for the perfect accent piece for an outfit or a room.

That’s because on August 27, 2011, The Dot Shop, the new retail space the South Bend Museum of Art will be opening, making it possible to purchase the handmade work of dozens of artists in our region and to achieve the all-too-elusive thrill of finding the perfectly unique and lovely gift for your friends and loved ones in one simple outing.

In fact, you’ll spot that ideal treasure so quickly, you’ll even have time left after shopping to browse our galleries and view our collections and exhibits.

So mark your calendars with a big, fat Dot – come August 27, 2011, you’ll be well on your way to mastering the true art of shopping. 

Just Glue It!

Little ones love to glue!

Muffin Pan Glue Project

Kids love to use glue! This project is good enough to eat:)

What you need:
12 muffin pan
sturdy cardboard (any size)
12 different items to fill in each tin. Examples:
-Fruit Loops
-dried beans
-decorative sprinkles

1. For older kids have them draw a picture. For younger kids, draw a simple picture or shape for them.
2. Give the kids some glue and the muffin pan filled with the above examples and/or anything else you wish.
3. Have the kids “fill” in their pictures/shapes by gluing the items into their picture.

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