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Friday, March 07, 2014

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Celebrate Art Blooms and Asian Art at Demonstrations and Festivals in April

Visitors can attend a 25th anniversary celebration of Art Blooms, a series of free educational events, concerts, gallery talks, demonstrations and walking tours in April. Activities celebrate the museum’s spring exhibition, Designed for Flowers: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics and Art Blooms.

Designed for Flowers: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics

Date: Sunday, February 23, 2014–Sunday, May 11, 2014
Time: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Explore an exhibition of contemporary ceramics by some of Japan's most important artists.

ARTKIDS PRESCHOOL PROGRAM: Aiko's Flowers

Date: Tuesday, April 1 and 2, 2014
Time: 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m.
Discover Japanese art and use your senses during a 90-minute, hands-on experience that combines a story chosen for its theme, a short tour, and an art activity.

Art Blooms 25th Anniversary Celebration: For the Love of Art and Flowers

Date: Friday, April 4, 2014–Sunday, April 6, 2014
Time: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Join the Women's Committee as they present interpretive floral arrangements by more than 30 regional garden clubs and raise funds in support of the Committee's Education Endowment Fund and special museum projects. Displays will be located in the museum's Palazzo Building that houses 15th to 18th century paintings, sculptures, and jewelry. Visitors can also purchase items from the Garden Shed pop-up store in the Museum Café area which features flower-related items, garden ornaments, and furniture.

Art Blooms: Lecture & Luncheon

Date: Friday, April 4, 2014
Time: 10:30 a.m.–2 p.m.
Hear Margot Shaw, founder and editor-in-chief of Flower magazine. She will give a lecture and demonstration in the Graham Auditorium followed by a luncheon on the Sculpture Court. Floral arrangements will be auctioned following the lecture.

Art Blooms 25th Anniversary Celebration

Date: Saturday, April 5, 2014
Time: 6:30 –10:30 p.m.
Toast Art Blooms 25th anniversary milestone at a sit-down dinner on the Sculpture Court. Tickets are required.

ARTKIDS PRESCHOOL PROGRAM: Aiko's Flowers

Date: Saturday, April 5, 2014
Time: 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m.
Explore Japanese art and use all of your senses during a 90 minute, hands-on experience that combines a story chosen for its theme, a short tour, and an art activity.

Drop-In Art Activities: Flowers & Vessels

Date: Saturday, April 5, 2014–Monday, April 28, 2014
Time: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Travel to Japan and explore the colors and smells of Japanese flowers. Visitors will squish clay into a vase, create new species of flowers with a needle and thread and design a garden using printmaking.

Ikebana Floral Demonstration by Ikebana International

Date: Sunday, April 6, 2014
Time: 2:00–3 p.m.
See masters from Ikebana International demonstrate the art of Ikebana. A traditional form of artistic expression, Ikebana, combines organic material, most notably flowers, and specially chosen vessels, as seen in the special exhibition, into works of art that are aesthetically unique to Japanese culture.

ARTBABIES PROGRAM: Seedlings

Date: Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Time: 1–2 p.m.
Bond, play, and learn in the museum galleries during a 60 minute class. Each program includes activities for play and sensory exploration within our galleries and age-appropriate activities in the comfort of our private studio.

Thursday Evening Gallery Talk: Celebrating Women in Art through the Ages

Date: Thursday, April 10, 2014
Time: 6 –7 p.m.
Join John Shields, Manager of Docent Programs, on a historical survey of women in sculpture and painting from across the Walters’ permanent collection.

Peabody on the Court Music Series

Date: Friday, April 11, 2014
Time: 12–1 p.m.
Hear The Occasional Symphony, with conductor Stephen Mulligan on the Sculpture Court. Free concerts are presented on select Fridays in partnership with the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University.

FREE Asian Art Family Festival

Date: Saturday, April 12, 2014
Time: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Learn about Asian traditions through stories and legends depicted in art, listen to Japanese drum rhythms, and write haikus. Visitors can create nature-inspired artwork using origami paper and clay, discover the plants, animals, and environments of Asia through yoga poses and see the special exhibition, Designed for Flowers: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics, for free.

John & Berthe Ford Annual Lecture in Asian Art with Dr. Vishakha N. Desai

Date: Sunday, April 13, 2014
Time: 2–3 p.m.
Hear a lecture by Dr. Vishakha N. Desai, president emerita of Asia Society. Desai will explore and highlight the pre-modern traditions that permeate art practices in India and China today.

Walk-In Tour: Highlights of the Walters

Date: Sunday, April 13, 2014
Time: 01:00 PM–02:00 PM
Explore painting, sculpture, and the decorative arts from antiquity to the 19th century. The event is one of the free, weekly walk-in tours. No reservations are required.

ARTCUBS PRE-TODDLER PROGRAM: Seedlings

Date: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Time: 1–2 p.m.
Sing and sway during a 60 minute class that includes activities to strengthen rhythm and movement. Programs are in the galleries private studios.

ART TOTS PROGRAM: Sprouts

Date: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Time: 10–11 a.m.
Discover Japanese art at our early childhood museum program specially designed just for 2-3 year olds. Toddlers will be introduced to art and the museum through age-appropriate short stories, gallery play activities, and an art activity.

Spring Break Family Art Activities

Date: Wednesday, April 16, 2014–Friday, April 18, 2014
Time: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Explore the new season with spring-inspired art at the ArtCart or make your own creation in the studio.

Homeschool Workshop: Explorers and the Age of Discovery (Ages 5-6)

Date: Thursday, April 17, 2014
Time: 1:15–3:30 p.m.
Examine works of art from the Walters’ collection and discover the stories of explorers throughout history and the cultural exchanges that took place between Europe and other regions of the world as a result of travel, trade, and colonization.

Homeschool Workshop: Explorers and the Age of Discovery (Ages 7-9)

Date: Thursday, April 17, 2014
Time: 1:15–3:30 p.m.
Investigate art from the Walters’ collection and look at stories of explorers throughout history and the cultural exchanges that took place between Europe and other regions of the world as a result of travel, trade, and colonization.

Homeschool Workshop: Explorers and the Age of Discovery (Ages 10-12)

Date: Thursday, April 17, 2014
Time: 1:15–3:30 p.m.
Discover works from the Walters’ collection and discover stories of explorers throughout history and the cultural exchanges that took place between Europe and other regions of the world as a result of travel, trade, and colonization.

Homeschool Workshop: Explorers and the Age of Discovery (Ages 13-16)

Date: Thursday, April 17, 2014
Time: 1:15–3:30 p.m.
Study works of art from the Walters’ collection and review stories of explorers throughout history and the cultural exchanges that took place between Europe and other regions of the world as a result of travel, trade, and colonization.

WALK, WONDER, & CREATE TOURS: Bloom & Prune 11AM

Date: Saturday, April 19, 2014
Time: 11 a.m.–12 p.m.
Discover contemporary ceramic containers inspired by the Japanese art of flower arranging, or ikebana.

WALK, WONDER, & CREATE TOURS: Bloom & Prune 1PM

Date: Saturday, April 19, 2014
Time: 1–2 p.m.
Let nature be your muse as you arrange a floral collection of your own and discover contemporary ceramic containers inspired by the Japanese art of flower arranging, or ikebana.

Walk-In Tour: Highlights of the Walters

Date: Sunday, April 20, 2014
Time: 1–2 p.m.
Explore painting, sculpture, and the decorative arts from antiquity to the 19th century. The tour is one of the free, weekly walk-in tours. No reservation is required.

ART TOTS PROGRAM: Sprouts

Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Time: 10–11 a.m.
Expose toddlers to art and the museum through age-appropriate short stories, gallery play activities and an art activity.

ARTKIDS PRESCHOOL PROGRAM: Aiko's Flowers

Date: Saturday, April 26, 2014
Time: 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m.
Explore Aiko's Flowers by Rui Umezawa. You and a child will use your senses during a 90 minute, hands-on experience that combines a story chosen for its theme, a short tour and an art activity.

ArtAccents Bilingual Tour: Flowers/Flores

Date: Sunday, April 27, 2014
Time: 11 a.m.–12 p.m.
Immerse yourself in art and language at ArtAccents Bilingual Family Tours for children 6-12 years old and their adult companions.

Walk-In Tour: Designed for Flowers: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics

Date: Sunday, April 27, 2014
Time: 1–2 p.m.
Tour Designed for Flowers: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics with its curator. Meet Dr. Robert Mintz in the Centre Street Lobby.

Ceramics 101: April 27

Date: Sunday, April 27, 2014
Time: 12–3 p.m.
Find inspiration for your own ceramic masterpiece. Offered in conjunction with special exhibition, Designed for Flowers: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics, the workshop will take you into the galleries to hand-build your own work of art.

Ikebana Floral Demonstration by Ikebana International

Date: Sunday, April 27, 2014
Time: 2–3 p.m.
See masters from Ikebana International demonstrate the art of Ikebana. A traditional form of artistic expression, Ikebana, combines organic material, most notably flowers, and specially chosen vessels, as seen in the special exhibition, into works of art that are aesthetically unique to Japanese culture.

Intercambio: Tours in English and Spanish

Date: Sunday, April 27, 2014
Time: 3–4:30 p.m.
Have fun with art and language in the Walters Art Museum as part of the bilingual (Spanish and English) gallery series called Intercambio.

About the Walters Museum

The Walters Art Museum is located in downtown Baltimore’s historic Mount Vernon Cultural District at North Charles and Centre Streets. At the time of his death in 1931, museum founder Henry Walters left his entire collection of art – including a legendary collection of illuminated medieval manuscripts that is a national treasure – to the city of Baltimore. Between 1895 and 1931, Walters collected around 730 codices.  Its permanent collection includes ancient art, medieval art and manuscripts, decorative objects, Asian art and Old Master and 19th-century paintings. Wyndham Baltimore Peabody Court is the official hotel of the Walters Art Museum.

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