December Events

So the pandemic, and the associated social restrictions, wear on. We’ve decided to compile a list of online workshops and webinars happening this month to keep us engaged with practice as we approach the long nights of winter. We hope you get to enjoy some of them!

Converse with a Conservator | Folk & Self-Taught Art

The Smithsonian: Converse with a Conservator: Folk & Self-Taught Art

Wednesday, December 2nd at 5:30 EST. RSVP here.

Join Objects Conservator Leah Bright for a lively conversation on the unique conservation challenges behind preserving the SAAM’s collection of folk and self-taught art. Often composed of unconventional materials like plastic, tin foil, glitter, and bottle caps, the collection requires a nuanced conservation approach. Discover compelling stories behind the works, including James Hampton’s The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations’ Millennium General Assembly, SAAM’s remarkable quilt collection, and Simon Sparrow’s glittery Assemblage with Found Objects.

Botanical Colors presents: Feedback Fridays

Fridays (December 4th) at 12pm EST. RSVP here.

Botanical Colors hosts fascinating Zoom webinars every Friday, and this week’s is no exception.

Melonie Ancheta has been studying pigments for more than 40 years, (traditional native pigments for more than 25), to analyze and properly identify pigments, and to assist museums, conservators, collectors, artists and scholars to determine the materials, tools and techniques used in traditional Native American paints. This information is used in the restoration, conservation and appropriate storage and care of Native American artifacts, and to teach contemporary artists how to use traditional materials.

Melonie Ancheta has been studying pigments for more than 40 years, (traditional native pigments for more than 25), to analyze and properly identify pigments, and to assist museums, conservators, collectors, artists and scholars to determine the materials, tools and techniques used in traditional Native American paints. This information is used in the restoration, conservation and appropriate storage and care of Native American artifacts, and to teach contemporary artists how to use traditional materials.

Click here to read more about Melanie.

Art Fund: Investigating our Histories of Art and Climate Change with Worm: art +ecology

Monday, December 7th at 6pm GST. RSVP here.

Join Angela Chan of curatorial project, Worm: art + ecology, to investigate climate and environmental issues throughout art history and in the Barber’s collection.

How are climate and environmental issues linked to art history?

Angela will host a guided workshop on how we might view and discuss painting, sculpture and prints through the lens of environmental research and global histories. This will be done through a presentation and open discussion.

Together we’ll develop expressive and analytical skills to narrate the local and global histories of people, power and the environment. And, talk about how these experiences have shaped today’s climate issues.

This workshop is hosted over Zoom and is open to everyone, aimed at an adult audience with an interest in art or climate issues.

No prior knowledge required, just bring yourself and an open mind!

Winter Wisdom: A Creative Writing Workshop

The Smithsonian: Winter Wisdom: A Creative Writing Workshop

Tuesday, December 15th at 10am EST. RSVP here. The fee for this workshop is $40 for members, $45 for non-members.

Discover the power of reflective writing guided by the founding instructor of the National Gallery of Art’s popular Writing Salon, Mary Hall Surface. Inspired by winter scenes in works of art and two winter poems by Mary Oliver, explore the lessons that this season offers us when we slow down, look closely, and reflect. Designed for writers of all levels, the workshop invites you to look outwardly at paintings and poetry and then to look inwardly through writing. These reflections can become fertile ground for memoir, poetry, and more.

Surface is a teaching artist, playwright, and theatre director and producer. She presents workshops nationwide in creative writing and drama as a Kennedy Center teaching artist and was a six-summer faculty member at Harvard’s Project Zero Classroom.  

The workshop is limited to 40 participants to maximize interaction among the instructor and students.

The Frick Collection: Cocktails with a Curator

oil painting of woman with red plume hat

Fridays at 5pm EST. More information here.

The Frick is concocting the perfect mix of cocktails and art. Every Friday at 5:00 p.m., join us for happy hour as a Frick curator (remotely) offers insights on a work of art with a complementary cocktail. Bring your own beverage to this virtual event.

Audiences under 21 are encouraged to join with a non-alcoholic drink.

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