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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Mixed-media sculpture example

Drop-in Studio: Sculpture Challenge
Saturdays in October following ArtPrize, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM

What Chopped does with cooking, we’ll do with sculpture. Pick up a mystery bag of materials and assemble a unique sculpture using what you find inside!

block print

Adult Workshop: Block Printing with Carl Wilson
November 4, 2017, 10:30 AM-12:30 PM

Learn block printing from Detroit artist Carl Wilson. Hear the stories behind his bold, black and white block prints and get tips from the artist as he demonstrates his technique. Carve a block, and leave with a small print of your own.

Hands pulling ink across a screen.

Drop-in Studio: Pop Art Screenprints
Saturdays in November, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM

Get inspired by Andy Warhol and learn about Pop Art. Then, pull a screenprint down in GRAM Studio.

pulling a screenprint

Creativity Uncorked: Screenprinting Party
November 9, 2017, 6:45 PM-9:00 PM

Bring your shirts, bags, or anything else to GRAM studio, where you can transform them through screenprinting in this workshop inspired by the art of Andy Warhol.

Graham cracker house

Drop-in Studio: GRAM Grahams
Saturdays in December, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM

Build your own unique graham cracker house inspired by the museum itself.

painting a pop-art portrait

Parent & Child Workshop: Pop-Art Portraits
December 2, 2017, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

What better way to remember your time together than with a portrait you painted? Tour Andy Warhol’s American Icons to get inspiration. Then, head down to the studio to transform a picture of your choice into a pop-art painting.

GRAM LIT 12.21

December 21, 2017, 5:00 PM-10:00 PM

Check out GRAM’s party for the Winter Solstice

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 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.