GRAM Studio

GRAM Studio | Look. Discover. Create.

There are many ways to see and interpret the world. GRAM’s drop-in programs, workshops, and courses in GRAM Studio celebrate multiple perspectives, allowing learners of all ages to engage with original works of art and participate in creative, hands-on learning experiences. Develop new skills and techniques to observe and understand art and the world around you! At GRAM Studio, we introduce processes and possibilities and facilitate your creativity. What you create will be as unique as you are.

View the scheduled programs below.

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Education Center: 616.831.2927 | gramstudio@artmuseumgr.org


rolling ink and showing a print

Drop-in Studio: Carving Stories
Saturdays in January, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM

Get inspired by the narrative art of Carl Wilson. Then, carve a clay block and print an image that tells your story in GRAM Studio.

painting with natural pigments

Adult Workshop: Painting with Natural Pigments
January 27, 2018, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Ever wonder how to make your own paint? Tour Alexis Rockman’s “Field Drawings,” which the artist painted using earth, sand, and coal mixed with a binder. Then, learn how to make your own paint from plants, minerals, and spices down in the studio.

Painting with natural pigments

Adult Workshop: Painting with Natural Pigments Encore
February 3, 2018, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Ever wonder how to make your own paint? Tour Alexis Rockman’s “Field Drawings,” which the artist painted using earth, sand, and coal mixed with a binder. Then, learn how to make your own paint from plants, minerals, and spices down in the studio. 

painting a fish with mud

Drop-in Studio: Field Drawings
Saturdays in February, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM

Can you paint with mud? How about sand? In his series of “Field Drawings,” artist Alexis Rockman made plant and animal studies using dirt, sand, mud, coal, and leaves he collected from different locations around the Great Lakes. Explore Rockman’s “Field Drawings,” then come down to the studio to make one of your own.

cutting out images

Creativity Uncorked: Naughty Collages (NSFW)
February 15, 2018, 6:45 PM-9:00 PM

For years GRAM Studio staff have been pulling out pictures that might ruffle some feathers and saving them for you. Tour controversial works in GRAM’s collection. Then, use our stockpile of unforgettable images to make a work of art you might not want to hang in the office.

squeezing pulp onto handmade paper

Drop-in Studio: Pulp Painting
Saturdays in March, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM

Get your hands wet in GRAM Studio as you pull a sheet of handmade paper. Embed an abstract image in the paper itself by adding lines and shapes of colored pulp in this project inspired by Richard Pousette-Dart’s large-scale painting, Transcendent Presence.

making a watercolor collage

Parent and Child Workshop: Watercolor Collages
March 17, 2018, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

The paintings in Alexis Rockman: The Great Lakes Cycle show the past, present, and future of these important waterscapes. What place is important to you and your child? Where would you like to go together? Capture this place and it’s significance in a mixed-media painting you create together.

painting with watercolor

Drop-in Studio: Saturated Scenes
Saturdays in April, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM

Alexis Rockman takes advantage of watercolor’s fluidity and spontaneity in his series of vibrant aquatic paintings. Experiment with different watercolor techniques in GRAM Studio to create underwater scenes full of aquatic life and intense color.

Weaving

Adult Workshop: Woven Wall Art
April 14, 2018, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

In this basic weaving workshop with a twist, we’ll make our looms an integral part of the finished piece. Inspired by Adrian Esparza’s Kites, you’ll learn to weave on unconventional looms with GRAM Studio’s staff.

sewing together beanie babies

Creativity Uncorked: Future Fauna Lab
April 26, 2018, 6:45 PM-9:45 PM

What will animals look like in a toxic future landscape? Choose specimens from our collection of beanie babies to dissect, reconfigure, and suture back together as models of future fauna during an evening you won’t soon forget.

carving a plaster cast

Drop-in Studio: Cast Creations
Saturdays in May, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM

Learn to cast and carve plaster this month in GRAM Studio. Draw inspiration from sculptures in GRAM’s collection before seeing how far you can push this versatile material.