EventsDesign Studio: Imagining and Constructing Everyday Objects

Design Studio: Imagining and Constructing Everyday Objects

April 11 – May 16, 2024 | 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Location: High Museum of Art | Hub at the High
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Step into the imaginative world of design at the High!

Join this studio class to explore the art of reimagining functional, everyday objects using paper, cardboard, wood, metal, wire, fabric, and more. Inspired by the High’s Decorative Arts and Design collection, we will look at work from artists and designers like Ettore Sottsass Jr., whose work was rooted in reimagining and transforming the ordinary through design, and Jaime Hayon, creator of the iconic Green Chicken. Under the guidance of instructor Daniel Mantilla, we will experiment with various materials and assembly techniques to make our own unique objects—ranging from organic-inspired creations to furniture with personality. Then we’ll share and discuss our designs with the group, receive professional feedback and support from the instructor, and celebrate our journey into the world of design!

About Your Instructor

Daniel Mantilla, Associate Education Specialist at the High Museum of Art, is a Colombian-born artist with over a decade of experience teaching young people, families, and adults. In his paintings, drawing-collages, and cutouts, Mantilla explores ideas of transition and instability. Mantilla previously lived in New York City, where he recorded instructional videos for public television. His art has been exhibited across the United States and internationally. He has studied paintings in museum collections in Spain, conducted research on cadmium-free acrylic paint, and holds an MFA from Hunter College.

Daniel Mantilla headshot

This class will meet on April 11, 18, and 25 and May 2, 9, and 16. On the first day of class, please make your way to the Admissions and Information desk to have your ticket scanned before heading to the check-in cart, located in front of Ellsworth Kelly’s Blue, Green, Red. Education staff will greet you and guide you to the Greene Family Education Center, located in the Lower Level of the Stent Family Wing.

About Studio Classes

Multisession Studio Classes explore mediums and materials in depth and enable you to build technical skills through scaffolded, sequential instruction. Professional teaching artists will guide engagement as you expand your creativity and gain a greater appreciation for artistic processes. Studio Classes are intermediate level; they are designed for adults with some experience. All materials are provided.

For more information, please email or call 404-733-5034.