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Studio Sessions: Still Life Painting

May 23, 2024 | 1–3:30 p.m.
Location: High Museum of Art
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Make your own engaging and vibrant still life painting!

The concept of still life spans the history of art, and it took off as an artistic genre mainly in the Netherlands during the early 1600s. The High’s exhibition Dutch Art in a Global Age: Masterpieces from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston showcases a diverse array of Dutch still life paintings, giving us a new opportunity to reexamine the genre with fresh eyes. The concept of still life has also inspired numerous self-taught and folk artists: Josephine Joy’s Symbol of Love and Mose Tolliver’s Chinese Fruit Basket are vibrant paintings that approach still life in unconventional and energetic ways.

In this studio workshop, instructor Daniel Mantilla will motivate us to rethink the concept of still life through careful observation of still life displays and will walk through the steps of forming a composition, underpainting, color theory, and value to enhance each work. At the end of the workshop, we will have an opportunity to share with our fellow classmates and receive instructor feedback.

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.

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About Studio Sessions

Studio Sessions are art-making workshops connected to artworks on view at the High. These workshops provide opportunities to experiment, play, and enjoy new mediums and materials. No prior experience is required. Studio Sessions are designed for adults, but all ages are welcome. This workshop is offered three times.

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