The Mobile Museum of Art is becoming more than a quiet place to while away the hours touring collections. An engaging series of classes and seminars are heightening the entity’s status as a facilitator of cultural synthesis.

First up is a new program focusing on one half of the species under the heading Ladies Night. The initial May 29, 7 p.m. session is entitled “War Paint: Meeting the Mirror Head On.”

Its brief description on their website calls it “part critical discourse, part party” aimed at addressing “the issues and plight of the modern-day woman, politics and polish…from suffrage to style tips, we got you.” The museum provides libations while attendees are asked to bring nosh with which they can “unpack the nuances of contemporary femininity.”

The museum’s Muse program is a series of summer workshops taught by local artists and arts educators from various disciplines. All classes are one hour, once a week, for three weeks.

The array of studies are captivating and looking at June alone is enough to make your head spin. Wayne McNeil will teach book binding. Will Fawcett will instruct attendees on building websites. Yolanda Jones will provide guidance on exercise through dance movement. Tracey Glover teaches a class on the fundamentals of nutrition. Nadine Delati will offer instruction on meditation. Lillian McKinney will teach 3-D collage. Jillian Crochet shows enrollees techniques on crochet. Elizabet Elliott will show how to create a textile quilt square using a key thought or memory.

Things continue into July with a cultural safari through the History Museum of Mobile, the Mobile Museum of Art and the Centre for the Living Arts. Christopher Noerr will show how to draw figures from imagination or life. Alfred Ward will teach a class on poetry. Ms. Crochet will show how to recycle materials into alternative media sculpture. Noerr will teach another class on felting.

During the latter part of the summer, Elliott will teach a class on building an art journal. McKinney will instruct students on DIY symbology.
The entire series is only $70 for non-members and $50 for museum members. Walk-ins can pay $10 per class, or $7 for members. Individual classes can be purchased in sets as well.

Scheduled days and times can be found on the museum website.

For more information, call 251-208-5200 or go to www.mobilemuseumofart.com.