Firsthand Experience: Decorative Papers

Event Details

Event Date and Time

Sat, Dec 09, 2023
10 am to 3 pm

Tickets and Reservations

Reservation required.
General: $25
Seniors, students, D.C. residents: $22
Members: $20


Susan Swartz Studio, 4th floor

An artist's book made of colorful green, yellow, brown, orange, and red paper. Several of the pages are curled and folded. Other paper is cut into strips and circles and displayed around the book.
Tap into your creativity! Participate in accessible art-making projects and gallery conversations.

Event Description

About the Event

Firsthand Experiences bring contemporary artists together with learners ages 13 and up for hands-on programs that combine art-making, gallery conversations, and discovery.

Learn to create beautiful textured papers with watercolor, salt, and plastic wrap. Make patterned paste paper with tempera. Experiment with coffee stained sheets. All papers can be used for collage and book making projects. Art supplies provided. No experience required.

About the Artist Instructor

Born in Chicago, Adjoa J. Burrowes is a mixed-media artist, author, and educator who has made the D.C. metropolitan area her home since 2000. She has presented in group and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally, including the current Black Artists of D.C. group exhibition at the James E. Lewis Museum of Art and Holding Ground exhibition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Burrowes’s artworks are represented in collections throughout the U.S. and Europe. Burrowes has published several children’s books, including Grandma’s Purple Flowers (2000). She holds a BFA in printmaking from Howard University and an MA in arts education from the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design at George Washington University.

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If you are unable to register online or would like to indicate any accessibility services you require, please email Two weeks’ notice to request accessibility services is appreciated but not required. We will make every attempt to fulfill requests.