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June 1, 2021 | Laurel Humble


Mauritius, from Cyanotypes of British and Foreign Flowering Plants and Ferns by Anna Atkins

Anna Atkins (British, 1799–1871), Mauritius, from Cyanotypes of British and Foreign Flowering Plants and Ferns, 1851–1854, cyanotype, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, gift in honor of Edward Anthony Hill, 2019.1.

Studio Sessions meet in the Anne Cox Chambers Wing Lobby. They are designed for adults, but all ages are welcome. Materials will be provided. No prior experience is necessary.

$15 members/$20 not-yet-members

For information, visit, email, or call 404-703-5051.

Tuesday, June 22, 1:30–4 p.m.
Rain date: Tuesday, June 29, 1:30–4 p.m.

One of the oldest forms of photography, cyanotypes are made by exposing chemically treated, photosensitive paper to UV light. Many artists, including Anna Atkins and Meghann Riepenhoff, on view in Underexposed: Women Photographers from the Collection through August 1, have used the medium of cyanotype to capture the beauty, forms, and power of the natural world. Drawing inspiration from these artists, this workshop will invite participants to make their own series of cyanotypes using natural materials.

Sunlight is essential for making cyanotypes! In case of inclement weather, this workshop will be rescheduled for the following week, on Tuesday, June 29.

Sculpture in Motion
Tuesday, July 27, 1–4 p.m.

The moving planes of color and light in Calder’s mobile sculptures are a delight to behold. In this workshop, we’ll look closely at the structural mechanisms the artist used to create dynamism in his work. Then we’ll move to the studio to investigate forms, color, and balance as we create our own moving sculptures.

Paper Sculpture
Tuesday, August 3, 1–4 p.m.

Picasso’s three-dimensional forms are an extension of his playful imaginings about the nature of perception and spatial location. In this workshop, we will work with various papers and other flat materials to create sculptural maquettes, drawing inspiration from Picasso’s experimentation with scale, visual planes, form, and void.

Curious about Calder-Picasso? Inquiring Minds invites participants to explore different themes within the exhibition through small group conversation facilitated by museum educators. These sessions focus on a handful of artworks and are participatory in nature—they are not lectures. Come as you are, with your observations, ideas, and opinions.

This summer, Inquiring Minds will be offered both in person and virtually. In-person sessions will meet in the Taylor Lobby before moving into the exhibition. Virtual sessions will meet over Zoom. Themes and dates are listed below.

$10 members/$15 not-yet-members (price per session)

For information, visit, email, or call 404-703-5051.

Action Figures
Athletes, acrobats, and performers appear throughout Calder-Picasso. Let’s explore how these two artists used different techniques to describe and capture the dynamism of these figures.

Virtual session: Wednesday, July 14, 12 noon–1:15 p.m.
In-person session: Thursday, July 15, 1–2:30 p.m.

Material Constraints
Both Calder and Picasso were masters of reinvention, constantly experimenting with different materials, including wire, sheet metal, everyday objects, and beyond. Let’s explore how these two artists adapted their sculptural practice based on the materials at hand.

Virtual session: Wednesday, July 21, 12 noon–1:15 p.m.
In-person session: Thursday, July 22, 1–2:30 p.m.