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Intro to the Drop Spindle

Whether spinning has just piqued your interest or you’ve mastered the wheel and want something more portable, the drop spindle offers a simple, affordable, and compact tool for creating handspun yarn. In addition to the basics of spinning and plying on a drop spindle, students will be introduced to how weight, size, and design all…

Stacking Rings

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

Texture, size and solder three stacking rings! Make one ring with sterling silver and two with copper, brass or bronze.


Keum-Boo is a technique used to apply thin sheets of gold to silver. Learn how to apply Keum-Boo foil to a fine silver sheet using easily accessible household items.

Bowl and Sun Catcher-Kiln Fused Glass

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

Explore kiln-fused glass art! Make a 5” or 4”x6” slumped bowl and a window hanging sun catcher using beautiful transparent and opaque glass, frit, confetti and stringer.

Unveiling American Genius

314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI

This reimagining of the KIA permanent collection will illuminate the ingenuity and innovation that arise from all corners of American society. Unveiling American Genius demonstrates our commitment to an increasingly more inclusive and diverse representation of American artists within our holdings. The exhibition will explore key stories that women, African Americans, Latinx and other artists…

Precious Metal Clay/Fine Silver, Sterling Silver and Bronze

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

Explore Metal Clay and make a variety of beautiful pieces of jewelry. Create several pieces of jewelry including earrings, pendants, beads, charms, and embellishments that will be kiln fired

Advanced Practices with Colored Pencils

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

Love colored pencils but not the tedious, time-consuming process? Learn how to create painterly effects quickly using Prismacolor Art Stix and solvents!

Zine Workshop!

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

Do you have something you want to share? Make a zine! A zine is a self-published booklet that often covers a single topic with the purpose of sharing information. Zine is short for magazine, and typically these small texts are fun to make, inexpensive to produce, and easy to distribute.


Colleen Woolpert The Kalamazoo-based artist and inventor invites us to do a double-take. An identical twin born on Halloween, she will share projects related to her uncanny life of directed serendipity, her practice of using wonder as a social activist tool, and her fascination with vision-including her current "In-Depth Kalamazoo" stereograph exhibitions.

2021 Virtual Arts Fair

314 S Park St, Kalamazoo, MI

Shop the Virtual Arts Fair, celebrating our 70th Annual Arts Fair.

Art Detectives

Virtual Event

Enjoy a wonderful Arty event hosted by Dorothy Chan and Lucy Yao, the musicians behind Chromic Duo.  They will blend classical music, toy pianos, and electronics into totally unique Art Detectives!  We will explore how music, art, and stories form together while reading Patience, Miyuki by Roxane Marie Gailliez and create a project inspired by…


ARTbreak with Carol and Jeffrey Horvitz

Virtual Event

Collectors as well as champion art enthusiasts Carol and Jeffrey Horvitzes will be joining us to discuss their world renowned collection of Japanese ceramics currently on view at the KIA until June 17th. The Horvitzes have honored the KIA by lending their works to us for the exhibition From Earth and Fire, as well as…