Skip to main content
Smithsonian Associates - Entertaining, Informative, Eclectic, Insightful

Save up to 19% on the price of your tickets!

It's easy... Become a member today! If you are already a member, log in to get your member rate.

Curating a Life: Art as Memoir

6-Session Daytime Course

Monday, October 19 to November 30, 2020 - 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET (no class Nov. 23)
Code: 1V00FD
$125 - Member
$155 - Non-Member
Reserving your tickets...

By Renee Sandell


  • This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.
  • Platform: Zoom
  • Online registration is required.
  • For multiple registrations, you will be asked to supply individual names and email addresses.


Find inspiration in art and the experiences of your lifetime in this unique course designed for participants 55 and older. Begin by using the Smithsonian’s online collections to select works of art based on 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 approach the pieces in their collections in terms of form, theme, and context. In a culminating project, use text, images, and your 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.

Download Icon Download the supply list for this class

This program is made possible through generous funding from a Vitality Arts grant from Aroha Philanthropies.


  • The instructor is Renee Sandell.
  • 6 sessions, 2 hours each (no class Nov. 23)
  • This studio arts program is a Zoom Meeting to allow for patron and instructor interaction.


  • Once registered, patrons should receive an automatic email confirmation from
  • Separate Zoom link information will be emailed closer to the date of the program. If you do not receive your Zoom link information 24 hours prior to the start of the program, please email Customer Service for assistance.
  • View Common FAQs about our Streaming Programs on Zoom.

This program is part of our
Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.