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Studio Sessions: Wire Portraits

March 2, 2024 | 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Location: High Museum of Art
Registration Required

What stories can wire tell? How can portraits change our perceptions of people?

In this studio workshop, we will explore how wire and other found materials can be used to create portraits, drawing inspiration from art in the High’s collection like artist Lonnie Holley’s Finally Getting Wings for the Forty-First Floor. With instructor Daniel Mantilla, we will learn how to manipulate different types of wire to create complex and intricate works of art. Then, we will use these materials to make portraits ourselves. Through this abstract art form, we will explore different ways to convey the personalities, emotions, and values of our chosen figures, all with professional guidance from the instructor.

Lonnie Holley (American, born 1950), Finally Getting Wings for the Forty-First Floor, 1996, metal, plastic, and cloth, Gift of William Arnett in memory of Lenore Gold.

2015.185 Holley View B O2 1

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 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.