The Walters Art Museum

Lectures, Talks & Classes at the Museum

The Walters Art Museum offers a wide variety of ways to talk about art and ideas, through our free and ticketed lectures, seminars, talks and classes.

You can register online to attend these events or call to register by phone at (410) 547-9000, ext. 237. You can also e-mail us at adultprograms@thewalters.org.

Make Night: Pasta Making with Schola

Make Night: Pasta Making with Schola

Thursday, January 19, 2017
06:00 PM–09:00 PM

Celebrate the Walters’ Italian art collection with a culinary connection to the past as we make fresh pasta with the chefs at Schola Cooking School. After learning about some of the great works from the collection, you’ll use a pasta sheeter to create a few of the old favorites—fettuccine alfredo, pappardelle with Bolognese sauce, and cheese ravioli in spinach pesto. This workshop will be held offsite at Schola Cooking School, 1005 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201.

Ferocious Beauty Gallery Talk

Ferocious Beauty Gallery Talk

Thursday, February 02, 2017
06:00 PM–07:00 PM

Tour the Ferocious Beauty exhibition with curator Katherine Kasdorf, Wieler-Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow, and learn about wrathful Buddhist deities. Though they appear intimidating, these deities are beneficial, using their power to help devotees overcome challenges to their spiritual goals.

Adrienne L. Childs on Henry Ossawa Tanner

Adrienne L. Childs on Henry Ossawa Tanner

Saturday, February 04, 2017
02:00 PM–03:30 PM

The Walters Art Museum is proud to have reinstalled Lion Drinking by African-American painter Henry Ossawa Tanner as part of From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story. To celebrate this installation in conjunction with Black History Month, the museum will host scholar Adrienne L. Childs for a talk that discusses Tanner’s use of imagery from the Holy Land and North Africa.

Make Night: Encaustic Painting

Make Night: Encaustic Painting

Thursday, February 16, 2017
06:00 PM–09:00 PM

Encaustic, or hot wax, painting has been used by artists from the time of ancient Egypt until today. Artist Christine Sajecki will show participants how to work in this versatile medium and explain why it has stood the test of time.

Art Methods Series: Pen and Brush

Art Methods Series: Pen and Brush

Sunday, February 26, 2017–Sunday, April 02, 2017
01:00 PM–03:00 PM

Led by a practicing artist, participants will explore technical and creative drawing and painting processes. This is a six week series, offered from 1-3 p.m. each Sunday.

Celebrating Women of the Renaissance

Celebrating Women of the Renaissance

Thursday, March 02, 2017
06:30 PM–07:15 PM

Join us for a special talk held in conjunction with Women’s History Month. Virginia Treanor, Associate Curator at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, will discuss Ginevra Aldrovandi Hercolani by Lavinia Fontana (1552–1614), as well as the experiences of women artists and patrons in the Renaissance.

Make Night: Meditation

Make Night: Meditation

Thursday, March 16, 2017
06:00 PM–08:00 PM

The imposing deities on view in the special exhibition Ferocious Beauty are meant to help their followers overcome challenges. Following a brief tour of the exhibition, Allison Korycki of YogaWorks will hold a guided meditation session on the Sculpture Court. Participants are encouraged to bring their own yoga mat.

Toward Equity in the Arts

Toward Equity in the Arts

Thursday, April 13, 2017
07:00 PM–09:00 PM

Join us for a conversation with local and national arts activists about equity in the arts. This talk will examine how race and class have impacted access and inclusion practices for funding, promotion, and exhibition opportunities in the arts, and will look at efforts to improve equity in these areas. The annual lecture is held in honor of the Walters’ founding Director of Education, Ted Low, and focuses on an important current topic in the museum field.

Flower Arranging Workshop

Flower Arranging Workshop

Thursday, April 20, 2017
05:00 PM–08:00 PM

Create your own flower arrangement at a workshop hosted by Jane Godshalk in advance of A Spring Day in London on Friday. Ticket price includes a wine-and-cheese reception, a take-home floral design, and an autographed copy of Godshalk’s newest floral design book Arranging Secrets--Natural Designs for Everyday Living. Tickets are limited!

Make Night: Casts and Molds with Baltimore Jewelry Center

Make Night: Casts and Molds with Baltimore Jewelry Center

Thursday, April 20, 2017
06:30 PM–09:00 PM

In this workshop, participants will explore the processes of mold-making & casting to create a unique brooch or pendant with tactile elements.

Edo Pop: Printmaking and Popular Culture in Pre-modern Japan

Edo Pop: Printmaking and Popular Culture in Pre-modern Japan

Sunday, April 23, 2017
02:00 PM–03:30 PM

Learn about the fashions, decadent entertainments, and urban pastimes of pre-modern Japan by exploring that culture’s ukiyo-e, or woodblock prints, with Matthew Welch, Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Welch will provide an overview of the social environment of Japan’s “floating world” by examining artists’ works from the 18th century to the present day. This annual lecture celebrates John and Berthe Ford’s philanthropy and insight as collectors. Reception to follow.

Make Night: Wooden Hula Hoops

Make Night: Wooden Hula Hoops

Thursday, May 18, 2017
06:30 PM–08:30 PM

Hula hoops are fun and functional, and a great excuse to feel like a kid again! Enjoy a docent-led tour of some of the Walters’ most impressive wood sculptures, and then participate in this exciting two-session Make Night workshop. Learn to build, sand, and paint your own hula-hoop using wood salvaged from deconstructed Baltimore homes with the Station North Tool Library’s Surface Project, and learn firsthand how materials can be reused in creative ways. Part two of the workshop will be held offsite on May 20 at Station North Tool Library, 417 E. Oliver Street, Baltimore, MD 21202.

Dionysus Comes to Gaul

Dionysus Comes to Gaul

Sunday, May 21, 2017
02:00 PM–03:30 PM

???????The consumption of wine entangled the ancient Gauls (inhabitants of present-day France and Belgium) and their Roman colonizers in complex and unanticipated ways, economically and politically. Michael Dietler of the University of Chicago will explore the role wine played in a series of encounters between the Gauls and the Etruscans, Greeks, and Romans who traded with them beginning in the 7th century BC. Reception to follow.