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Doodlebugs at the Marion Library:Exploding Colors
June 27, 2017 10:45 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Celebrate Independence Day with a non-flammable version of fireworks—paint that bursts into multiple colors. Don’t miss this “dynamite” art class!   more >>


Doodlebugs at the Hiawatha Library: Dreaming in Color
June 30, 2017 10:30 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Dreamcatchers originated with the Ojibwe people, one of the first peoples in our nation. We’ll read a story about the tradition of making dreamcatchers and create one of our own to take home.   more >>


July: Artist of the Month Darrell Wahlstrom
July 1 to July 31, 2017

Category:  Museum Store

Darrell Wahlstrom has been painting abstract art for many years and his watercolor and acrylic paintings are inspired by jazz music. In his work, Darrell uses his handling of the paint—the colors, the tones, and the textures—with his imagination to create a new reality for both the artist and the viewer.   more >>


Family Fun Day! Summer 2017
July 2, 2017 12:30 PM - 03:30 PM

Category:  Family

Stop in to check out the new watercolor-themed exhibitions, and do some make-and-take art projects of your own. You’ll also get to see the work of our talented summer campers in their own exhibition of projects they did over the course of their week at camp. It’s for all ages! Free.   more >>


Art Bites: Inside the Exhibition: Uncharted Waters: The Fine Art of Watercolor Painting
July 5, 2017 12:15 PM

Category:  Art Bites

Join Associate Curator Kate Kunau for a walk through the new exhibition celebrating the great variation in watercolor painting. Unpredictable and challenging, watercolors provide the opportunity for a variety of artworks dependent on the desires of the artist and Uncharted Waters showcases some of the most dynamic and varied watercolors in the CRMA’s collection.   more >>


Doodlers’ Drop-In series: Summer 2017
July 13, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Category:  Doodler's Drop In

Doodlers’ Drop-In series: Teens & tweens, drop in to doodle with us on Thursdays this summer. For a couple of hours each week we’ll get together and draw or sketch.   more >>


Guided Meditation at the Grant Wood Studio:Creative Charge: Sparking Your Inner Fireworks
July 13, 2017 06:00 PM

Category:  Guided Meditation

Noelle Holmes of Illuminations Healing Arts Center will lead you through a guided meditation. Contact Education Director Erin Thomas at ethomas@crma.org or 319.366.7503 ext. 203 to register. Cost is $10 for ages 13 and up.   more >>


Pop & Paint
July 19, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Category:  Pop & Paint

Think of it like a teen version of Cork & Canvas. Join the CRMA’s Education Director Erin Thomas as she leads kids ages 11-17 through a messy abstract art project (mostly outdoors) involving acrylic paint, canvas, spray paint, and a garden hose. Dress accordingly! Hosted by the Hiawatha Public Library, all art materials and soda will be provided. Free. Space is limited, so preregistration is required.   more >>


Doodler's Drop-In at the Marion Public Library
July 20, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Category:  Doodler's Drop In

Teens & tweens, drop in to doodle with us on Thursdays this summer. For a couple of hours each week we’ll get together and draw or sketch.   more >>


Art Lover's Book Club: Mad Enchantment by Ross King
July 20, 2017 04:00 PM

Category:  Art Lover's Book Club

“From bestselling author Ross King, a brilliant portrait of legendary artist Claude Monet and the story of his most memorable achievement, the water lilies."   more >>


Page-Turner Art for Adults
July 24, 2017 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Category:  Art Classes

Inspired by the CRMA’s exhibition, Page-Turner: Books and Reading in Art, you’ll see that books are more than just stories captured on paper. They’re raw materials that, when combined with a little imagination, can be transformed into fantastic artwork! Choose from several possible projects that you can complete during this two-hour workshop. Hosted by the Hiawatha Public Library and led by the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art’s Education Director Erin Thomas. Adults of all ages are welcome!   more >>


Doodlebugs at the Marion Library: It's A Monster!
July 25, 2017 10:45 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

It’s a Monster! Turn blobs of paint into monsters after some inspiration from a very silly story about goofy monsters   more >>


Doodlers Drop-In at the Cedar Rapids Public Library
July 27, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Category:  Doodler's Drop In

Teens & tweens, drop in to doodle with us on Thursdays this summer. For a couple of hours each week we’ll get together and draw or sketch!   more >>


Doodlebugs at the Hiawatha Library: Lot's of Dots
July 28, 2017 10:30 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Not sure you’re an artist yet? Turns out, a dot is a great way to start! Make a fabulous dot to take home while helping to make a dot painting as a group.   more >>


Art Bites: Director’s Choice with Executive Director Sean Ulmer
August 2, 2017 12:15 PM

Category:  Art Bites

Join Executive Director Sean Ulmer as he surprises us with a unique Art Bites of his choice.   more >>


Doodler's Drop in at the CRMA
August 3, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Category:  Doodler's Drop In

Doodlers’ Drop-In series: Teens & tweens, drop in to doodle with us on Thursdays this summer. For a couple of hours each week we’ll get together and draw or sketch. Bring the materials you like to use, and we’ll provide a few other media to try out. If you’re interested in low-commitment art projects that can be as public or anonymous as you wish, even if you don’t consider yourself an artist but you have the creative ‘bug’ to produce something, this is for you. These weekly sessions are just for fun, to inspire you. You can share your work with others or look through your peers’ work when you meet up. You can join in at any time, and attend as many of the drop-ins as you like, and invite your friends to come with you. (But no grownups allowed!) It’s free! Check our website or social media to find out where to meet us each week. Thursday, August 3, 1-3pm @CRMA   more >>


The Science of Watercolors
August 3, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Category:  Art Classes

Find out what happens when art & science collide! Local artist Sara Rieger will lead kids ages 5-10 yrs through scientific experiments with watercolor paints and other materials that will create amazing results. Explore lots of tricks and techniques including making watercolor paintings with straws, yarn, and rubbing alcohol.   more >>


Watercolors 101 Workshop
August 5, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 AM

Category:  Art Classes

Are you an adult interested in learning how to paint with watercolors? Join local artist Sara Rieger for a workshop on the basics. Explore the watercolorist’s toolbox and painting techniques including opacity, color, blending, and brushwork. Using a method of drawing called blind contour you’ll create a still life or self-portrait for practicing and growing your watercolor painting skills. If you're a beginner, or looking to brush up on your watercolor skills, or a watercolor painter who just wants to paint in the company of other creative people, this fun, no-pressure workshop is perfect for you.   more >>


Guided Mediation at the Grant Wood Studio, Tempering the Heat
August 10, 2017 06:00 PM

Category:  Guided Meditation

Noelle Holmes of Illuminations Healing Arts Center will lead you through a guided meditation. Contact Education Director Erin Thomas at ethomas@crma.org or 319.366.7503 ext. 203 to register. Cost is $10 for ages 13 and up.   more >>


Doodler's Drop-In
August 10, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Category:  Doodler's Drop In

Teens & tweens, drop in to doodle with us on Thursdays this summer. For a couple of hours each week we’ll get together and draw or sketch.   more >>


Doodler's Drop In at the Hiawatha Public Library
August 17, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Category:  Doodler's Drop In

Doodlers’ Drop-In series: Teens & tweens, drop in to doodle with us on Thursdays this summer. For a couple of hours each week we’ll get together and draw or sketch. Bring the materials you like to use, and we’ll provide a few other media to try out. If you’re interested in low-commitment art projects that can be as public or anonymous as you wish, even if you don’t consider yourself an artist but you have the creative ‘bug’ to produce something, this is for you. These weekly sessions are just for fun, to inspire you. You can share your work with others or look through your peers’ work when you meet up. You can join in at any time, and attend as many of the drop-ins as you like, and invite your friends to come with you. (But no grownups allowed!) It’s free! Check our website or social media to find out where to meet us each week. Thursday, August 17, 1-3pm @HPL   more >>


Doodlebugs at the Hiawatha Library Mix It Up!
August 25, 2017 10:30 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

We’ll read Eric Carle’s The Mixed Up Chameleon and create some of our own mixed- mixed-up critters by mixing different colors together.   more >>


Doodlebugs at the Marion Library: Painting the Night Sky
August 29, 2017 10:45 AM

Category:  Doodlebugs

Stargazers, join us to create a watercolor night sky complete with stars and constellations.   more >>


September: Artist of the Month Barbara Bernier
September 1 to September 30, 2017

Category:  Museum Store

Barbara Bernier is a self-taught paper marbler and has been producing marbled paper for more than 20 years. Practicality is a way of life for Barbara, so while the designs and colors are visually exciting, it is imperative to her that the papers also serve a useful purpose. Like any hand-crafted or handmade paper, marbled paper is a unique piece of art on its own. However, Barbara often uses the visually-stunning paper in book bindings and handmade journals to add an elegant look and feel.   more >>


Art Bites Inside the Exhibition: Malvina Hoffman: A Sculptor’s Journey
September 6, 2017 12:15 PM

Category:  Art Bites

Join Associate Curator Kate Kunau for a walk through the new exhibition of 20th century sculptor Malvina Hoffman. Drawing from the CRMA’s deep collection of Hoffman’s work, this two-gallery exhibition explores her lengthy and varied career as a sculptor of the human form. From her early bust of her father Richard to her famous commission from the Field Museum to create their “Hall of Man,” Malvina Hoffman: A Sculptor’s Journey traces Hoffman’s artistic roots from her teenage creations through apprenticeship with Auguste Rodin and into her arrival as an independent and gifted artist.   more >>


Page -Turner Art for Kids
September 9, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Category:  Family

Kids ages 6 & up are invited to join us in making some book-based art projects inspired by the CRMA’s exhibition, Page-Turner: Books and Reading in Art. Create an accordion book, a diorama book, or a waterfall book. You’ll start off with an old book that you can cut apart and add things to, creating something completely new and totally customized with your own artwork. You can use your book to tell the story of your summer vacation, your family tree, a fairy tale you love, or anything else your imagination can come up with. We recommend that adult chaperones plan to stay with the younger children.   more >>


Guided Mediation at the Grant Wood Studio, Allowing in the Softness
September 14, 2017 06:00 PM

Category:  Guided Meditation

Noelle Holmes of Illuminations Healing Arts Center will lead you through a guided meditation. Contact Education Director Erin Thomas at ethomas@crma.org or 319.366.7503 ext. 203 to register. Cost is $10 for ages 13 and up.   more >>




Ongoing Events


Grant Wood Studio Opens for the 2017 Season
Category:  Grant Wood Studio
April 1, 2017

The Grant Wood Studio, located at the fictional address of #5 Turner Alley, was the home and art studio of Grant Wood. The studio is open to the public every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4pm, excluding holidays. See the very spot where American Gothic, one of the most recognized works of art in the world, was created.
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