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.

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.

Illuminated Boxes: The Work of Henry Kupjack

Illuminated Boxes: The Work of Henry Kupjack

Saturday, April 01, 2017
02:00 PM–03:30 PM

The Walters Art Museum is proud to have Henry Kupjack’s Miniature Room with Greek Vases (italicized) currently on view.  In this artist talk, Kupjack will discuss his career working on over 600 miniature rooms broadly, and will also address the detailed, precise use of lighting in his works. 

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.

Boshell Lecture: Dionysus Comes to Gaul

Boshell Lecture: 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.