BIMA invites learners of all ages to explore the power of art through creative expression, engagement, and dialogue. Our diverse array of programs invites everyone into the museum to discover the relevance of art in our lives and in our communities.
As part of the Museum’s commitment to provide access to arts and culture in the Puget Sound region, many of BIMA’s programs are offered low-cost or free-of-charge.
Whether you are seeking to explore art-making in a workshop or drop-in gallery program, expand your mind in a lecture, engage in Creative Aging art and wellness programs, or find a summer camp for young family members, there are options for everyone!
School & Educator Programs | Youth & Family Programs | Drop-in, Workshops, & Lectures | Creative Aging
School and Educator Programs
BIMA’s art-based learning opportunities spark curiosity, foster critical thinking, and bolster creativity. Designed to support Washington and federal standards, our free school and educator programs provide accessible, high-quality arts education for all learners in Kitsap County and beyond. Visit our Schools & Educator Programs page for information about:
- Field Trips – Guided & Self-Guided
- Professional Development
Youth and Family Programs
BIMA has a series of week-long summer camp to fit your young artist between the ages of 6 and 13.
Drop-In, Workshop & Lecture Programs
BIMA offers a range of opportunities to hone your craft or try something new. Practice your life drawing skills at its weekly Go Figure! life drawing sessions. Prefer something less formal? Try Drink & Draw next door at the Alehouse. Or, try something completely new at BIMA’s ongoing workshops. Not so much of a maker? BIMA has a diverse array of lectures and presentations that are perfect for engaging your mind and fostering conversation.
Meet the Artist
An informal opportunity to engage with exhibiting artists surrounded by their work in the galleries. Ask questions and learn first-hand about their inspirations and processes. Free, no registration required.
Art in Action
Join BIMA and build community through free art making activities for all!
- Bainbridge Island Senior/Community Center: www.biseniorcenter.org for dates, details, and registration.
- Bainbridge Public Library: www.bainbridgepubliclibrary.org for dates, details, and registration.
Docent-led Artist’s Book Hours
Take a closer look at the current Artist’s Book show in the Sherry Grover Gallery. On selected days, hosts are available to answer your questions and help you explore these detailed and intricate works of art.
Drink & Draw
Come for a drink and stay to draw during this fun, free, clothed-model session hosted by BIMA at the Bainbridge Brewing Alehouse. Open to anyone 21+ who is interested in working from the model, regardless of experience level. Every third Wednesday.
GO Figure! Life Drawing Sessions
Drawing directly from the human figure is a wonderful way to hone your technical skills. GO Figure! is a facilitated nude/unclothed live model session in which participants build community while exploring variations in lighting, poses, and settings. This life-drawing studio is open to anyone interested in working from the model, regardless of experience level. No instruction or drawing materials are supplied; easels, drawing boards and tabletop work surfaces are available.
Hear exhibiting artists speak about their work, inspiration, methods and materials.
Open Book Tours
Join an Artist’s Book expert for a guided showing of selected works outside the display cases in the Sherry Grover Gallery, allowing viewers to see the movement and multiple dimensions so critical to the appreciation of the book arts. See scheduled times.
BIMA has made a priority of serving its community at all stages in life and our Creative Aging programs exemplify this effort. With programs created for those looking to just get out, flex their creativity, and keep their mind fresh and calm to those dealing with early-stage memory loss and their caregivers, BIMA is proud to offer the following:
Steve Parsons leads a weekly group mindfulness meditation for community members. Mindfulness meditation is a practice focused on breathing techniques and quieting one’s thoughts.
Meet Me At The Movies
BIMA is thrilled to announce the return of Meet Me At The Movies, offered in partnership with the Frye Art Museum. Entertaining, inspiring, and uplifting, Meet Me at the Movies is an interactive film program that celebrates the wonder of film and its ability to connect us with memories.
Look Again: Guided Art Discussions (ON HIATUS)
Individuals with early-stage memory loss, their care partners, and anyone interested in looking at and talking about art, enjoy a facilitated discussion in a relaxed and welcoming museum gallery environment.
Read more on our Creative Aging page.