The talented, witty and fiercely independent Camille Claudel first met the great Auguste Rodin when she was only 17 and he was 41. As he gained fame, she struggled against the social and artistic limitations placed upon women artists in the 19th century. For the first time in the United States, you and your students can see the works they shared and the works they created apart.
Important Information
There are no guided tours, but students are provided with an audio tour. A group is comprised of 20 persons or more. Reservations must be made in advance, and groups must be accompanied by adult chaperones—one for every 10 students. Please note: This exhibition contains many nude sculptures.
Student Group Tickets
$8 per ticket (ages 6–17 and adult chaperones). Limited admission and transportation subsidies are available. For reservations, call Group Sales at 313.833.1292.
Exhibition Preview
Click here to take the online Preview Tour and learn more about Camille Claudel and Auguste Rodin.
“Ask Me” Docent
A museum-trained volunteer will be available during all open hours of the exhibition to speak to visitors and answer questions.
Teacher Classes and Workshops
Teacher workshops are for K–12 educators only, due to the special focus on instructional issues. Here’s what educators say about DIA Evening for Educators workshops:

“Enjoyed the small group size.”
“It was short, sweet, and snappy.”
Evenings for Educators
Member fee: $15; nonmember fee: $20
Student teacher fee: $10
Includes admission to the DIA Fridays and special programs for all ages, 6–9 p.m.

Focus on Special Exhibitions: Camille Claudel and Rodin
Friday, October 7, 5–7 p.m.

This introduction to Camille Claudel and Rodin: Fateful Encounter provides excellent preparation for a visit to the exhibition with your students. Enjoy a tour led by Antoinette Le Normand-Romain, general curator of the Musée Rodin in Paris and the DIA’s curator of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts Alan Darr. A tour of sculpture in the DIA’s permanent collection will follow.Includes written information, exhibition admission and admission to DIA Friday night activities from 6 to 9 p.m. (for all ages).
Saturday Workshops

Member fee: $40; nonmember fee: $50
Student teacher fee: $25
Additional fees apply where noted. SB-CEU credit available for additional fee.

Focus on Special Exhibitions: Fateful Encounter: Sculpture for Art Teachers
Saturday, October 15, 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Learn how to include sculpture in your teaching. A special access tour of Camille Claudel and Rodin: Fateful Encounter highlights key works from both an educator and artist’s point of view. Then work in the studio on wooden, figurative sculpture projects appropriate for the classroom. Includes a tour of sculpture in the DIA’s collection, teaching materials and Claudel exhibition admission (a $17 value). Instructor: Vito Valdez, DIA Staff.

Sculpting the future

Sculpting the Future

Daimler-Chrysler Corporation Fund and the Detroit Institute of Arts are proud to offer a wonderful opportunity for Junior and Senior students from 26 area high schools to participate in a special in-depth field trip program.

This special program, offered on Wednesday and Thursday mornings throughout the run of the exhibition includes a session with museum educator Tracy Gorenflo-Sellers, a free audio guide tour of the exhibition, a session with DIA artist/instructors where the students will make their own sculpture, and a box lunch.

This opportunity is limited to the first 26 schools that call.  For more information or to register contact EneDina Bonner at 313-833-7978 or email