EventsDrawing Studio: Organic Connections

Drawing Studio: Organic Connections

March 14 – April 18, 2024 | 2–4 p.m.
Location: High Museum of Art
Greene Family Education Center
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Unearth the storytelling power of still life in an engaging, multiweek class! Led by instructor Daniel Mantilla, we will learn how to use drawing strategies with different tools to create expressive still lifes. We’ll explore drawing from observation and discover how to convey personal expression through lines, textures, and colors. This class focuses on work by artists Elijah Pierce and Mattie Lou O’Kelley from the High’s world-class Folk and Self-Taught Art collection. Inspired by these artists, we will reinterpret still life themes, using drawing and mark-making techniques to create our own symbolic and expressive works. At the end of the class, we’ll engage in group discussions to share our work, learn from one another, and receive feedback from the course’s instructor.

Mattie Lou O’Kelley (American, 1908–1997), Morning Glories, 1977, oil on canvas, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Decherd.

1991.305 Okelley O2

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

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.

A woman concentrates while sketching three toy animals in front of her.

This class will meet on March 14, 21, and 28 and April 4, 11, and 18. 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.