Summer Camps are a great way to keep kids busy and their minds and hands engaged.

Education

BIMA invites learners of all ages to explore the power of art through creative expression, active engagement, and inclusive dialogue. The ArtsGrowth Initiative, which encompasses all of BIMA’s educational offerings, was born from the Museum’s commitment to provide access to arts and culture in the Puget Sound region.

BIMA’s diverse array of programs, most of which are offered low-cost or free-of-charge, invite everyone into the museum to discover the relevance of art in our lives and in our communities. Whether you are attending a lecture, trying your hand at a new technique in a workshop, looking to engage in programs for those dealing with Early Stage Memory Loss, enjoying a summer camp, exploring the world of Artist’s Books, or just dropping into a drop-in gallery program, there are options for nearly every age and ability level.

Field Trips

BIMA is proud of its robust Field Trip program that welcomes more than 2,000 students each year.

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Students enjoying a field trip

Drop-In Programs

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

Drop-in and create your own art while you are visiting the art museum! Join teaching artists in one of BIMA’s galleries for make-and-take art projects designed for all ages. Free, no registration required.

Open Book

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 hand-made works of art.

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Go Figure 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+ that is interested in working from the model, regardless of experience level.
Every third Thursday

Artists young and old enjoy a drop-in art project

Lectures & Talks

Barbara Earl Thomas gives an Eye On Artist presentation in the Frank Buxton Auditorium.

Eye on Artist

Hear exhibiting artists speak about their work, inspiration, methods and materials.

Art Talks!

Expand your world with lectures by art experts and historians all from the comfort of BIMA’s auditorium.

Artist’s 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.

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Classes & Workshops

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 monthly workshops.
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Workshops with BIMA's teaching artists are a great way to engage mind and body.

Camps & Teen Intensives

BIMA offers a wide range of camps and teen intensives.

An artful break awaits elementary through high school-aged students at BIMA. The younger set will find fun-filled art camps exploring many mediums and experiences. Older students will enjoy summer intensives to help them build a portfolio for the next chapter of their lives.
Schedule announced in February

Creative Aging

Look Again

We invite individuals living with early-stage memory loss and their care partners to enjoy a facilitated art discussion in the museum’s galleries in a relaxed and welcoming environment.

Meet Me at the Movies

Meet Me at the Movies is a unique film experience featuring theme-based clips from classic and contemporary filmsn, followed by audience discussion and reminiscence guided by a moderator. This program is produced in partnership with the Frye Art Museum.

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Guest enjoy art by Chris Maynard during "Look Again," a program for those dealing with early stage memory loss.