Illuminating Positivity: Transforming Inspirational Words into Art

Wednesdays, February 7 -March 6, 2024  4:00-6:00 pm (4 Sessions)

Presented Online by Smithsonian Associates Studio Arts

Discover deeper inspiration in favorite writings, words, and poems as you bring light into your art. Use white, metallic, and colorful art tools on black paper to create a luminous effect. Engage in expressive mark-making exercises and techniques to thematically explore elements of the human experience, including hope, empathy, and resilience. Create a personal set of artworks that reveal your ideas, ideals, inspirations, and life purpose. No art experience necessary; open to all levels.

  • Experience a hands-on, interactive Visual Fitness “workout” on Zoom
  • No previous art experience necessary; all levels
  • Provided prior to class: Welcome letter with Zoom link
  • Materials list: Black Fabriano Pad 8×8, POSCA Brush White, Uniball Gel Impact Pen (White and Silver), Stabilo Pen 68 Metallic, Set of 6.  NOTE: Supplies available from Plaza Art–Call 301-718-8500 or email
Image Credit: Renee Sandell, Loyalty, 2020. Ink, paint marker, metalic pens on black Fabriano paper