Learn to See More: Riding The Great Wave and the 2020 Pandemic!

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December 8, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

This program is being offered virtually through Zoom. In order to participate and receive the Zoom link, you must register here or by emailing carla@smithcenter.org

with Renee Sandell, PhD

Connecting art with virtues, please join us for a timely interactive art “workout” on Resilience, designed to strengthen your Visual Fitness®  using a Balanced Way of Seeing®.

We will use Form+Theme+Context® to decode and explore layers of meaning in Hokusai’s The Great Wave. We will share significant art discoveries and discuss this work’s timely relevance; as we navigate through the uncertainty of the CoVid-19 Pandemic, we will rediscover sources of strength, courage, and endurance needed for the challenging times ahead.


  • white paper
  • pencil
  • white drawing paper
  • black sharpie marker

Suggested Donation: $10

About Renee Sandell, PhD

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. Renee’s artwork includes artistic installations of multi-media markings on paper, board, and silk, explore the human condition in time, space, and place.

To learn more about Renee’s work, visit www.visualfitness4all.com and www.reneesandellart.com

During fall 2020, Renee will be teaching her first Smithsonian Associates studio course: Curating a Life: Art as Memoir


December 8, 2020
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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