WILLIAM H. JOHNSON PAINTING WORKSHOPS
Two Saturday morning painting workshops at the Albany Museum of Art will give participants the opportunity to explore the shapes, colors, and symbolism employed by renowned American artist William H. Johnson, whose works are currently on view in the AMA Haley Gallery.
The workshops are 10 am-noon on Saturdays Oct 22 and 29 in the AMA classroom. They will be taught by Michael Mallard, associate professor of visual art in the College of Arts and Sciences at Albany State University. A professional artist, Mallard was artist-in-residence at the Albany Museum of Art in 2021.
“Participants will be given the opportunity to react to William H. Johnson's work in a hands-on and creative way, discovering the artist's use of shape, color, and symbolism,” Annie Vanoteghem, director of education and public programming for the AMA, said. “Participants can attend one or both of the workshops.”
An exhibition of Johnson’s work, Fighters for Freedom: William H. Johnson Picturing Justice, continues through Dec 10, 2022, at the AMA. The exhibition is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, with generous support provided by Art Bridges.
“The paintings in Fighters for Freedom were created by Johnson circa 1945,” Vanoteghem said. “He and his wife returned to the United States from Europe just before World War II started. In the series, which he only exhibited twice, he used colors, elongated figures, and symbols to recognize heroes who fought for social justice and world peace. His style for these paintings was quite different from the Impressionist and Expressionist style works he created in Europe.”
COST: Each workshop is $15 for AMA members or $20 for future members.