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This painted canvas hangs on the wall loosely from four gathered peaks—one peak on each end to the left and right, and two peaks evenly spaced in between. The fabric is tightly wrapped with a leather cord into a fist-like form to create each peak, except for the right-most peak, where the fabric is knotted. The canvas is stained with large areas of soft color that largely meld together, with mostly pink, peach, and yellow to the left that transitions to violet, turquoise, and sky blue to the right. Hard-edged, vivid orange streaks break through the blues and greens to the right.

Sam Gilliam, Relative, 1968, acrylic on canvas, Anonymous Gift, 1994.39.1

Mark-Making: Layering Color with Pen

Virtual drawing workshop

Virtual Studio

  • Saturday, January 14, 2023
  • 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Virtual
  • Registration Required

Experiment with different mark-making techniques to create rich, colorful drawings that are a combination of process and spontaneity.

Local artist and teacher Michael Booker will share what inspires his work and lead an art-making exploration of the relationships between drawing, painting, textiles, and embroidery.


  • 8.5x11 paper or larger, thicker paper preferred
  • Colored fineliner pens (preferred), ballpoint pens, colored pencils, or fine tip markers
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Ruler or straight edge


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