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artist in residence summer program

Daily Programs

playing through art

explore curiosity & art in this 4-week program with weekly themes led by local professional working artists

drop-in programs are included with regular museum admission

no pre-registration required, just stop by & start creating!



Margaret Vega

Professor Emeritus of Painting Margaret Vega taught Undergraduate and Graduate Painting, Drawing, Color theory, Concept Development and thesis at Kendall College of Art and Design until 2022. She has also taught at Academia di Belle Arti in Perugia, Italy and Grand Valley State University. Margaret has had numerous major exhibitions and many awards throughout her career including: Michigan Council for the Arts Grant, YWCA Tribute Award for outstanding contribution to the Arts; Legacy: Woman’s History Month Award. Vega is Founding Director of SiteStudio, an organization that brings maker experiences to children within their community, and Children Designing for Children initiative.


Weekly workshop themes include a build a bridge project, found objects, storytelling with pictures, and dreaming clouds


June schedule

Drop-in workshops on Fridays from 10am-noon

June 9 - build a bridge

June 16 - found objects

June 23 - storytelling with pictures

June 30 - dreaming clouds

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"Play inspires and involves inventive creativity, both as a maker and as a lateral problem-solving tool. Open-ended play allows the child to engage in possibilities of the yet unimagined; to learn and explore with an unrehearsed intellect.”
                                                                                                                                                                          -Margaret Vega



Tatsuki Hakoyama

Tatsuki Hakoyama is a Japanese artist who lives and works in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Although he enjoys working with a broad range of media/content, his passion is creating allegorical oil paintings influenced by magic realist and surrealist artworks. He received his Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Kendall College of Art & Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) in Grand Rapids, MI, and has shown his work in various solo/group exhibitions throughout the state. In addition to his professional studio practice, he teaches at KCAD and Grand Rapids Community College.

Workshop themes by Hakoyama include paper making and exploring paper rubbing and textures.

“When I was growing up, I had the opportunity to explore and be exposed to different activities like music and art. I’m excited to share my passion for the creative process and how it can lead to different discoveries for everyone.”
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July schedule

Drop in workshops on Fridays from 10am-noon
July 7 - Watercolor Painting with Crayon Resist
July 14 - Image Making with Stamps
July 21 - Frottage rubbing drawings
July 28 - Paper pulp painting


Danielle C. Wyckoff

Originally from the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia, Danielle C. Wyckoff currently lives and works in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  She is an artist and an educator, teaching at Kendall College of Art and Design.  Considering the human capacity to love and how we speak about those loves, Wyckoff’s work explores the myriad ways in which we express and understand such. She has exhibited or performed across the United States, in Chile, Denmark, China, and Canada. When possible, she, her husband Nate, and their daughter visit the oceanic Lake Michigan.

Workshop themes will be based off of Danielle's practice of setting intentions with objects and stringing beads. In the Wish Strands workshop, participants will be invited to think about someone they love or care about while they string together beads and small objects. Once they've beaded as much as they like with their strand, we'll tie it off and write or draw a note that can be attached to it. Participating artists may then either give the strand to their loved one or keep it as a reminder.

“The Grand Rapids Children's Museum encourages curiosity and discovery. These two elements ground my art making practice. I'm excited about this partnership with the GRCM because I am devoted to learning, to fostering inquisitiveness and exploration, and I know how providing playfulness in learning can encourage creative growth. I am also excited to be a part of the community in this new-for-me capacity. Having a young child, I deeply value the space that the GRCM provides.”
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August schedule

Drop in workshops from 10am-noon
August 11 - Wish strands
August 12 - Garden accordian books
August 18 - Paper mosaics
August 19 - Stamps and rubbings

Program Calendar
Play Kits
Corporate Recess

This program is supported by the Michigan Arts and Culture Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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