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Curating a Life: Art as Memoir

6 Session Afternoon Studio Arts Course

Monday, October 17, 2022 - 1:30 Monday, November 21, 2022 - 4:00 p.m. ET
Code: 1V00JN
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By Renee Sandell

Find inspiration in art and the experiences of your lifetime in this unique course designed to engage your skills in decoding (reading) and encoding (creating) visual meaning.  Each week, students explore a selected work of art from the Smithsonian’s and other collections connected to diverse universal themes—such as childhood, family, work, play, and celebrations—that reflect significant moments and milestones on your own life’s journey. 

The artworks serve as the basis for hands-on exercises in a variety of artistic media and techniques such as drawing, painting, and mixed-media. Participants keep a visual-thinking journal as they learn to see like an artist and create personally meaningful works of art in terms of form, theme, and context. In a culminating project, use text, images, and newly developed visual thinking skills to create a “memoir museum”—a handmade map that traces where you’ve been in your life and where you have yet to explore. 

No art experience necessary. Open to all levels.

This class will be recorded. Please see our FAQ for recording terms and conditions.

Other Information

  • The instructor is Renee Sandell.
  • 6 sessions, 2.5 hours each
  • This studio arts program is a Zoom Meeting to allow for patron and instructor interaction.

Patron Information

  • All Studio Arts classes require a ticket for each participant so that the instructor can provide individual attention to every student listed on the roster.
  • If you register multiple individuals, you will be asked to supply individual names and email addresses so they can receive a Zoom link email. Please note that if there is a change in program schedule or a cancellation, we will notify you via email, and it will be your responsibility to notify other registrants in your group.
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This online program is presented on Zoom.