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January 31 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

This program is being offered virtually through Zoom. In order to participate and receive the Zoom link, register by clicking the RSVP button above or by emailing programs@smithcenter.org.

You will receive the Zoom information no later than the morning of your program.

with Renee Sandell, PhD

Shotgun, Third Ward #1 (John T. Biggers – 1966)

Join Renee for a hands-on, interactive art “workout,” designed to strengthen your tenacity and courage. We will focus on the virtue of fortitude as we discover layers of meaning in John T. Biggers 1966 painting, Shotgun, Third Ward #1.

Together, we will explore the significance of this work addressing racism, violence, and social justice as well as its timely relevance to the Pandemic’s aftermath and impact. Reflecting on past moments in our lives requiring our strength, perseverance and courage, we will rediscover sources of fortitude needed for our challenging times ahead.

No previous art experience necessary. A FORTITUDE Resource PDF will be emailed to you after the workshop.


Suggested Materials:

  • A piece of white paper
  • A black Sharpie marker

Suggested Donation: $15

About Renee Sandell

Renee Sandell

Renee Sandell’s art, teaching, and research focus on Visual Fitness 4 All: Engaging Creativity and Insight® for EVERYONE. Renee is founder/director of the expeditionary, museum-based SummerVision DC Program, which she designed and has delivered for the National Art Education Association (NAEA) for 10 years since 2010. Previously Professor of Art Education at George Mason University (2004-2014) and at Maryland Institute College of Art (1990-2003), she is co-author of two books on gender issues and has published numerous articles, book chapters and art curricula. Winner of the 2019 Lowenfeld Award, Sandell was recognized as 2015-2016 Distinguished Lecturer in Art Education at Miami University and 2013 NAEA National Art Educator. Renee has received numerous awards for her leadership and scholarship on her Form+Theme+Context (FTC)® and her Marking & Mapping®, an accessible form of visual meaning-making. Sandell’s Visual Fitness 4 All® for Engaging Creativity and Insight® workshops are designed to nurture envisioning skills for individuals within professional development programs, organizations, health spas, businesses, and other venues. She has been offering Art & Virtues workshops since early in the Pandemic. Renee’s Smithsonian Associates studio courses include: “Curating a Life: Art as Memoir,” Seeing More: Art, Virtues, and Our Lives, and Visual Journaling: Creativity Workshop.

Learn more about Renee’s teaching at www.visualfitness4all.com Renee’s artwork includes artistic installations of multi-media markings on paper, board, and silk, to explore the human condition in time, space, and place. To learn more about Renee’s artwork, visit her website www.reneesandellart.com

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