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Lucy Pettway quilt with triangular pieces.

Event Details

January 25, 2022
1:30 pm –3:30 pm


Members: $20
Not-Yet-Members: $30


High Museum of Art
Greene Family Education Center

Event Description

Join us for a workshop inspired by The Obama Portraits Tour and works in the High’s permanent collection. We will begin with a visit to the galleries to investigate the elements of art and principles of design, finding inspiration in repetitive patterns and textile materials. Afterwards, we’ll work independently to explore the unique technique of block printing and stamping on fabric. We’ll learn safe carving methods to develop printing blocks and stamps and explore resist techniques, Gelli printing, and recycled and repurposed printing tools.

Studio Sessions take place in the Education Center but meet in the Taylor Lobby. They are designed for adults, but all ages are welcome. Materials will be provided. No prior experience is necessary. This Studio Session will be offered again on January 26.

For more information, please email lifelonglearning@high.org or call 404-733-5034.

Please Note: This event does not include access to the Obama Portraits Tour exhibition.

Marquetta Johnson smiling in front of a bright pattern.

About Your Instructor

Marquetta Johnson is a textile artist and quilter residing in Stone Mountain, Georgia, who creates her works from her own dyed, printed, and stamped fabrics. She has over thirty years of experience as a teaching artist, working in inclusive classrooms for all ages and abilities, and is affiliated with VSA International/Kennedy Center, The NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, the Decatur Education Foundation, Utah State University’s Arts Access Program, and the High Museum of Art. She has appeared on many radio and television shows discussing and demonstrating her art form, including HGTV’s Crafters Coast to Coast. Her artwork has been featured in magazines, including Quilt Magazine and MARTA’s MARTA on the Go, and is included in several private and corporate collections such as the estate of the late B. B. King, Faith Ringgold, The University of Maryland, Turner Broadcasting, and The Coca-Cola Company. She is the author of the how-to book Hand-Dyed Quilts.

Marquetta offers STEM/STEAM-inspired art experiences virtually for grades K–12. She also encourages young artists to embrace quilting through her blog for the Modern Quilt Guild’s member newsletter, discussing how the art of quilting intersects with science, technology, engineering, art, and math. She can be found on Facebook, Instagram, and Etsy (@marquettabquilting) and at her website, marquettabquilting.com.

Please note: Participation in this course requires proof of vaccination. All participants will be asked to present a physical vaccination card, a photo of a physical card, or a digital confirmation of vaccination on the first day of class. In accordance with these protocols, participants must also present a government-issued photo ID such as a driver’s license or passport.

Participants who are unvaccinated must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within the seventy-two hours prior to each class or a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken within six hours of each class start time.

Banner Image: Lucy T. Pettway (American, 1921–2004), Birds in the Air, 1981.