Pam Marcil

Peter VanDyke

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Education Programs

Storytelling in the Galleries

Japanese Folktales
Saturday, March 13, 1 & 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 21, 1 & 3:30 p.m.

Steveanna Roose presents stories based on traditional Japanese folktales intertwining legends, language, and art to celebrate the Japanese culture that influenced Whistler.

Stories (Un)folding: Origami Butterflies
and Fans

Sunday, May 2, 1 & 3:30 p.m.

Megan Hicks brings a quirky legacy to storytelling while providing instructions for simple origami creations like butterflies and fans, which Whistler often painted in his work.

Artist's Choice

Gilda Snowden
Saturday, March 20, 1:30 & 3 p.m.

Detroit artist Gilda Snowden discusses her painting Tornado: Red Wind in conjunction with James McNeill Whistler's Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket.

Pewabic Pottery
Saturday, May 15, 1:30 & 3 p.m.

Terese Ireland, executive director of Pewabic Pottery, tells the story of Pewabic Pottery's founder Mary Chase Perry (later Mary Chase Perry Stratton) and makes connections between her work and that of James McNeill Whistler.


What's in a Name? Whistler's Influence on American Art
Sunday, March 14, 2 p.m.
Presented by Linda Merrill, organizing curator of American Attitude.

Pleasant Dreams: Whistler's Mother on Tour in America 1932-1934
Sunday, April 18, 1:30 & 3 p.m.

Kevin Sharp, director of Visual Arts, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, speaks on his work about the last time "Whistler's Mother" toured the United States.

Whistler's Mother
Sunday, May 9 (Mothers' Day), 2 p.m.

Dr. Margaret F. MacDonald, Principal Research Fellow, Center for Whistler Studies at University of Glasgow, Scotland, will speak on “Whistler's Mother.

Sting Like a Butterfly
Saturday, May 22, 2 p.m.
Graham W.J. Beal, DIA director, speaks about Whistler's significance in the aesthetic movement and how it was transfered to the United States. He also reviews Whistler works of art in the DIA's collection.

Studio Programs

Drop-in Workshops
Make Your Mark
April, Fridays, 6–8:30 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays, noon–4 p.m.

Create your own personal seal using your initials.

May, Fridays, 6–8:30 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays, noon–4 p.m.

Make your own edition of handmade prints.

Adult Painting Class
Aesthetic Inspirations
Saturdays, April 17 & 24, May 1, 8, & 15, 9 a.m.–noon
Artist and educator Vito Valdez will teach a five-session painting class inspired by the work of Whistler and his contemporaries.

Members: $120; non-members: $150.

Workshops for Teachers
Evening for Educators
Friday, March 12, 5–7 p.m.
James W. Tottis, acting curator of American Art, will tour the exhibition highlighting Whistler's connections to Detroit. Curriculum consultant Jim McConnell will explore connections to American History and Social Studies.

Members: $16; non-members: $20; student teachers: $10.
Includes museum admission (the DIA is open until 9 p.m. on Fridays, with activities for all ages).

Detroit Connections
Saturday, March 27, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
James W. Tottis, acting curator of American Art, tours the exhibition, highlighting Whistler's connections to Detroit. DIA educators will discuss options for student visits. An afternoon session at the Detroit Historical Museum features activities that consider MEAP social studies objectives.

Members: $60; non-members: $75; student teachers: $37.50.
Includes lunch provided by the Detroit Historical Museum.

Adult Class
Whistler and His Influence
Saturday, April 17, 1–4 p.m.
Saturday April 24, 3–6 p.m.

James W. Tottis, acting curator of American Art, offers a course on Whistler's career and the American artists he influenced (includes an exhibition tour).

Members: $32; non-members: $40.

Tours of the Freer House
Detroiter Charles Freer was a leading collector of Whistler's work, which is now in Washington, D.C. Tours will be led by Charles Lang Freer House docents. Call 313.872.1790 for ticket cost and information.

For more information on these programs, or to register for classes, call 313.833.4249

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