Spring Photography/Digital Media Classes

The following off-site classes are offered in honor of our Cultural Membership Exchange in May, during which five cultural institutions offer free admission to each other's members: the KIA, Kalamazoo Nature Center, Binder Park Zoo, Gilmore Car Museum and Air Zoo.

Early Morning Landscape at the Nature Center (828)

Laurie Pruitt
Saturdays, May 6 - 27
8 - 10:30 am/4 weeks
Members: $105, Non-Members: $125

Prerequisites: Good working knowledge of your camera, a photo editing program and a tripod. We will begin at the Kalamazoo Nature Center, where we will hike and photograph in the beautiful landscape. We will explore our relationship to the natural world through light, form, season, and time. For more info, e-mail:

Binder Park Zoo Photo Adventure (829)

Kelly Walkotten, Binder Park Zoo/Multi-Purpose Classroom
Saturdays, May 13 - 27
9:30 am - noon/3 weeks
Members: $85, Non-Members: $105

We ll will meet at the Binder Park Zoo for the first two Saturdays and at the KIA the third Saturday to share and critique our work. We ll explore Wild Africa, the original Zoo, and the Discovery Center. Students will learn tips and techniques for photographing animals in the zoo environment. For more information, email Kelly at

Gilmore Car Museum (830)

John Crouch
Saturday, May 20, 10 am - 4 pm (GCM)
Saturday, June 3, 10 am - noon (KIA)
2 weeks
Members: $85, Non-Members: $105

The group will meet at the Gilmore Car Museum, to photograph during the 2nd Annual Donald Gilmore Classic, celebrating the first 50 years of the automobile. In addition to the Classic car show and parade we will have the opportunity to photograph the collection and the unique displays at the GCM. To capture the details as well as troubleshoot the difficulties of photographing large shinny subjects! Bring a lunch or have lunch at the Blue Moon Diner. John s website:

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Images in Wax, Exploring Encaustic (851)

Guest Artist, Sarah Rehmer
June 9-11
Friday 6-8 pm
Saturday 9-5 pm
Sunday 10-5pm
Members: $300, Non-Members: $320
Cancellation fee: $50; no refund after 5/26/17

Encaustic works of art have a dimensional quality that is achieved through building layers of wax. The process offers artists the possibility of creating works with a depth of translucency and color in a unique hand-wrought process. The results are surprising even to experienced artists.

The workshop will focus on combining photography with encaustic painting techniques. The encaustic medium is an alternative way of giving your work a painterly look and tactile feel. During the workshop, we'll explore papers and layering photographic images. We will experiment with over painting, applying image transfers, color glazes and several hand-coloring techniques.

Basics of working with encaustic paint, studio set up, safety measures and more will be covered in the workshop. No prior experience with working with encaustic paint, but general art-making experience will be helpful. Sarah has many years experience working with encaustics, teaches classes and workshops around the Midwest.
Sarah's website;

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