Drop-In Sketching Tour: Portraits Through the Years

A docent in the gallery discussing artwork with guests as they sketch. 

Drop-In Sketching Tour: Portraits Through the Years

August 10, 2019, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM

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Portraits are glimpses into a person’s life, and with the help of a docent guide your group will explore clues left behind to learn personal tales from near and far. Featured art includes painting, drawings, and sculptures both historic and modern. What hidden facets of this person’s life will you discover?

The second Saturday of each month, join a docent-guided sketching tour of GRAM’s exhibitions. Sketching is a great way to look more deeply at the works of art on view as well as express your own creativity. These tours are free with admission and are open to individuals of all ages and levels of experience.  Please meet at 1pm in the main lobby.

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Art in the Urban Environment: Downtown Walking Tour

Outside of the Museum, a group of people are in the foreground listening to a tour given by a man standing in the middle and talking with his hands. 

Art in the Urban Environment: Downtown Walking Tour

August 11, 2019, 1:30 PM-3:30 PM

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Join GRAM for a downtown walking tour in honor of the exhibition, Maya Lin: Flow.  Participants will meet on the front steps of GRAM with an experienced and knowledge guide.  The tour will begin by exploring Maya Lin’s sculpture, Ecliptic, at Rosa Parks Circle to discover the connection to forms of water in the environment.  The guided tour will then move to other outdoor art sculptures in downtown Grand Rapids to discover the hidden stories and secrets behind many known and lesser known works of art, including how they came to occupy these outdoor urban spaces.  The tour will conclude back at GRAM by 12pm, and participants are welcome to enter the museum to view the Maya Lin exhibition as well as all other exhibitions at GRAM.

Fee: $12 per adult, $8 per child, $8 per member.  Fee includes the walking tour and museum admission. Registration is required by August 9. Participants can register on the website or by calling 616-831-1000.

Note: Participants will be walking 1.5 miles during the tour, and are encourage to bring water and wear comfortable walking shoes. Tour will occur rain or shine, although if severe weather occurs, participants will be contacted to reschedule.

Discovery Club: A Trip Around the World

A young child holding up her artwork in the studio. 

Discovery Club: A Trip Around the World

August 14, 2019, 10:30 AM-11:30 AM

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Explore artwork featuring faraway places during a treasure hunt game, and get stamps in your GRAM passport along the way. Sing songs and hear a story in the galleries, then head to the Studio to make a special souvenir to remember your trip.

Children 3-5 years old and their families are invited to join the GRAM Discovery Club program which occurs every second Wednesday from 10:30-11:30am.  Each month features a new theme to engage young children in the exhibitions with games, stories, music, and an art project.

Cost:$3 per child/member child 3-5 years old, $7 per adult, member adults are free.

Registration:Deadline to register is Monday, August 12th.  Please email Kristen Hoeker at khoeker@artmuseumgr.org or call at 616-831-2930 to be put on the registration list.

Discovery Club: Superheroes in the Museum

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Discovery Club: Superheroes in the Museum

July 10, 2019, 10:30 AM-11:30 AM

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Children 3-5 years old and their families are invited to participate in GRAM Discovery Club program. Each month features a new theme to engage young children with games, stories, music, and an art project in GRAM Studio.

Superheroes have invaded the Museum! Participants go through superhero training by exploring super-human features in the artwork. Enjoy games, listen to a special hero inspired story, go on a treasure hunt, and create your own superhero costume.

$3 per child/member child 3-5 years old, $7 per adult, member adults are free.

Deadline to register is Monday, July 8th.  Please email Kristen Hoeker at khoeker@artmuseumgr.org or call at 616-831-2930 to be put on the registration list.

Drop-In Sketching Tour: Art and Travel

Guests in the galleries discussing artwork in an exhibition with the docent. 

Drop-In Sketching Tour: Art and Travel

July 13, 2019, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM

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You don’t need a passport to travel around the world at GRAM! Your docent travel guide will showcase works of art depicting intriguing locations and cultures. Explore exotic landscapes, marvel at detailed architecture, and get to know residents of far off places without ever leaving the museum.

The second Saturday of each month, join a docent-guided sketching tour of GRAM’s exhibitions. Sketching is a great way to look more deeply at the works of art on view as well as express your own creativity. These tours are free with admission and are open to individuals of all ages and levels of experience.  Please meet at 1pm in the main lobby.

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Drop-In Tour: Women in Art

Docent pointing to a sculpture on the wall by a female artist with guests examining the artwork. 

Drop-In Tour: Women in Art

July 16, 2019, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM

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Women have a unique perspective both in being the subjects of works of art and creating artwork themselves. This tour will explore female representation in GRAM’s art collection both past and present, and the secrets behind women artists and their artistic messages to the world.

Drop-in tours are free with admission and meet in the museum’s main lobby at 1pm.  No registration required.

Drop-In Tour: Made in the Mitten

Docent discussing a mirror sculpture on the wall with guests looking at the artwork. 

Drop-In Tour: Made in the Mitten

July 27, 2019, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM

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Michigan is home to majestic landscape, intriguing people, and talented artists. During this tour, journey into Michigan’s past, discuss the artists from the past and present that call this state home. Discover exceptional furniture pieces made from area lumber and step into the natural wonder of the Great Lakes.

Drop-in tours are free with admission and meet in the museum’s main lobby at 1pm.  No registration required.

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Art in the Urban Environment: Downtown Walking Tour

Outside of the Museum, a group of people are in the foreground listening to a tour given by a man standing in the middle and talking with his hands. 

Art in the Urban Environment: Downtown Walking Tour

July 17, 2019, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

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Join GRAM for a downtown walking tour in honor of the exhibition, Maya Lin: Flow.  Participants will meet on the front steps of GRAM with an experienced and knowledge guide.  The tour will begin by exploring Maya Lin’s sculpture, Ecliptic, at Rosa Parks Circle to discover the connection to forms of water in the environment.  The guided tour will then move to other outdoor art sculptures in downtown Grand Rapids to discover the hidden stories and secrets behind many known and lesser known works of art, including how they came to occupy these outdoor urban spaces.  The tour will conclude back at GRAM by 12pm, and participants are welcome to enter the museum to view the Maya Lin exhibition as well as all other exhibitions at GRAM.

Fee: $12 per adult, $8 per child, $8 per member.  Fee includes the walking tour and museum admission. Registration is required by July 15. Participants can register on the website or by calling 616-831-1000.

Note: Participants will be walking 1.5 miles during the tour, and are encourage to bring water and wear comfortable walking shoes. Tour will occur rain or shine, although if severe weather occurs, participants will be contacted to reschedule.

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Drop-In Tour: Art and Travel

Guests examining artwork in the gallery with a docent discussing the story of the piece. 

Drop-In Tour: Art and Travel

August 27, 2019, 1:00 PM-2:00 PM

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You don’t need a passport to travel around the world at GRAM! Your docent travel guide will showcase works of art depicting intriguing locations and cultures. Explore exotic landscapes, marvel at detailed architecture, and get to know residents of far off places without ever leaving the museum.

Drop-in tours are free with admission and meet in the museum’s main lobby at 1pm.  No registration required.

The Art of Healthy Living: Building Strong Bones

Young child holding up her artwork in the GRAM Studio. 

The Art of Healthy Living: Building Strong Bones

August 29, 2019, 6:30 PM-7:30 PM

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Families of all ages can explore the connection between art and healthy living at GRAM. Each program has a different theme and includes story time with staff from Cherry Health, an exhibition tour, and art project. Admission and activities are free and no registration is required. Ideal for children 4-8 years old.