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Art Detectives: The Quiet Place

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI

Do you have a special place where you can enjoy the quiet? Arty Mouse will read The Quiet Place by author Sarah Stewart and illustrator David Small, a book about a little girl whose family emigrates from Mexico to the USA. This is not an Art Detectives to miss as participants will be joined by…

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Art Detectives: Have You Ever Seen a Flower?

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI

Have you ever seen a flower? I mean, really seen a flower? That’s the question Arty Mouse will be asking the Art Detectives this month! Come to the KIA to read this story and then look and see  the secret  augmented reality flowers in Ginny Ruffner: Reforestation of the Imagination! Reserve Your Ticket

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Art Detectives: Catch That Cookie

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI

The gingerbread people are on the run! Join Arty Mouse as he tries to catch that cookie! We will read the book, make a project, and look at David Small’s cookie illustrations in the Upjohn Mason Grandchildren’s Interactive Gallery. Reserve Your Ticket

Art Detectives: Sandy’s Circus

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI

Have you ever looked up at the Calder mobile in the KIA lobby and wondered about the artist who created it? Join us to learn about Alexander Calder as we read Sandy's Circus, look at art, and make a project. Reserve Your Ticket

Art Detectives: I Feel Teal

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI

Have you ever felt blue or seen red? What about feeling teal or seeing crimson? Arty Mouse will explore new colors in the book and in the KIA galleries, and you will make a colorful masterpiece to take home. This Art Detectives will be live-streamed on the KIA's Facebook and YouTube pages. Kits with the art…

Art Detectives: Me and Uncle Romie

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI

Let’s meet James and his Uncle Romie! Arty Mouse will read Me and Uncle Romie, a book about a boy who goes to visit his uncle, the artist Romare Bearden. After we read the book, we will make a collage and the Art Detectives will get to see a work by Romare Bearden in the…

Art Detectives: The Dot

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI

Let creativity swirl around you! Join the Art Detectives as we read The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds, and look at the vibrant art of Linling Lu: Musical Meditations. At this extra special Art Detectives, we'll be joined by Marisa Bianan from Wellspring/Cori Terry & Dancers and she will lead you through a dotty, swirling,…

Art Detectives: Opposites Abstract

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI

Arty Mouse is learning about abstract art with a new book by beloved children's author Mo Willems. Join us as we ask questions while reading the book and then use our detecting skills to find abstract work in the galleries. We'll be inspired by the artwork we see to create our own masterpiece.   Reserve…

Art Detectives: They All Saw a Cat

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI

Art Detectives will read They All Saw a Cat and see how one cat can be seen in different ways using a variety of colors, shapes, and patterns. Let’s see how artists at the KIA have used these building blocks of art, and play a fun game inspired by Romero Britto. Reserve Your Ticket

Art Detectives: Ugly Doodles

Bronson Park 200 S Rose Street, Kalamazoo

Join us for a special live book reading of The Ugly Doodles from the Arts Fair stage. Stop by the PNC kids tend from 10 am - 4 pm for Arty Mouse tattoos and a community art project for all to enjoy. This hilarious and adorable picture book about creativity, fear of failure, and embracing your imperfections…

Art Detectives: Out of this World

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI

Let’s create fantastic creatures after reading about the Surrealist artist Leonara Carrington. Art Detectives will use a combination game to design an out-of-this-world animal and then create a 3-D version of it! Reserve Your Ticket

Art Detectives: Shaped by her Hands – Potter Maria Martinez

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts 314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI

Art Detectives will read Shaped by her Hands: Potter Maria Martinez by Anna Harber Freeman and Barbara Gonzalez, before making a craft with Arty Mouse. The most renowned Native American Indian potter of her time, Maria Povika Martinez learned pottery as a child under the guiding hands of her ko-ōo, her aunt. She grew up to…