High School Studio Workshops

These two-part workshops include an in-depth examination and discussion of works of art in the galleries, followed by a related one-hour studio activity. Workshops are taught by specially-trained museum educators who will encourage students to look carefully at the art and share their responses, to formulate theories based on observations, and to make connections between artmaking processes and works of art. Students should come to the workshop prepared to participate in group discussion.

Following the gallery discussion, students will create a work of art inspired by the subject matter and techniques represented in the art encountered on the tour. The studio project will reinforce students’ discoveries about art from the creator’s point of view.

Each student will receive two printing tools to take home: a printing plate, on which the artist creates an image, and a brayer, used to roll ink onto the plate. Participants are encouraged to use these tools to continue their exploration of printing techniques at home or at school.

A minimum of 20 participants is required to reserve a date; up to 25 students may participate in a single workshop. A single school may request no more than two workshop dates.

Prints in Series

This year’s workshops focus on the temporary exhibition The Serial Impulse at Gemini G.E.L., which showcases groups of prints by artists working at the Gemini Graphic Editions Limited printmaking workshop in Los Angeles, California. The workshops will highlight prints from the 1960s on by artists Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, and David Hockney, among others, that feature innovative and varied techniques within the practices of lithography, screenprint, and intaglio. Students will learn the essentials of printmaking, understand its ties to other disciplines such as drawing and painting, and consider the idea of working in series.

Drawing on what they see in the exhibition, students will create their own series of monotype prints, designing and printing a unified set of images using serial procedures and structures.


Teachers may register to bring their students on the following dates:

October 26, 30; 10 am – 12:30 pm
November 2, 3, 6, 9, 10, 16, 17, 18, 20; 10 am – 12:30 pm
December 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10; 10 am – 12:30 pm

Registration is now closed.

Contact Us

Please address questions to HSStudioWorkshops@nga.gov.

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