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Family Studio: A Collaborative Approach to Making Art at Home with Skylar Smith

Saturday, December 12   |   11 AM – Noon
on Zoom

Who says a work of art can’t have more than one artist? In an era when parents and kids are home and sharing the same spaces more than ever before, perhaps it is possible to share in creative art-making as well. Grab your kids and join Louisville-based artist Skylar Smith for a one-hour virtual workshop from her home to yours. Kids and adults will be encouraged to toss perfectionism out the window and work together on the same “canvas” to create a playful, intergenerational expression of creativity. Coinciding with the exhibition There Used to Be a Street, new work by Dana Oldfather at the Carnegie Center for Art and History (on display through January 23, 2021), this workshop takes inspiration from Oldfather’s painterly abstractions, as well as from Skylar Smith’s own art practice and experiences as a mother and educator. This free workshop is recommended for ages K – 5th grade, with adult family members.

Materials for this workshop can easily be found around the house*:
8 x 10 sheets of paper- can use printer paper, but thicker paper would be ideal
Colored pencils
Different sized circular objects for tracing- jar lids, cups, bowls, etc.
Watercolor set with brushes
Different colors of construction paper, origami paper, and/or wrapping paper for collage
Glue sticks
Elmer’s Glue

*If acquiring the art supplies for this workshop is a barrier for your family, please contact to inquire about picking up free materials at the Carnegie Center for Art and History.

Skylar Smith is an artist, curator, and educator. Her work deals with micro and macro perceptions of the natural world, and human-scale politics that influence perception. She is a founding member of Kentucky College of Art + Design (KyCAD), and she has taught college-level art studio and art history courses for over a decade, in addition to teaching at non-profit and alternative-education venues. Smith has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art and a Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is also a Certified Yoga Teacher. She has taught at the University of Louisville and Jefferson Community and Technical College (JCTC). Through JCTC, she also taught college-level courses to men and women in prison. Smith resides in Louisville, Kentucky with her husband and two daughters. To learn more about Skylar Smith, please visit her

This event is free, but registration is required to receive the Zoom link.


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Featured image: Skylar Smith, Gestural Abstraction, 2012. Looped digital video projections on wall painting. 72 x 60 inches.


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