• Julie Mehretu: Local Calm, 2005; sugar lift aquatint with color aquatint, spit bit aquatint, and soft and hard ground etching and engraving, printed on gampi paper chine collé; 27 1/2 x 39 1/4 in.; BAMPFA, gift of Tecoah and Tom Bruce.

Gallery + Studio: Finding Form and Space in Black Abstraction

For ages 6 to 12 with accompanying adult(s)

  • With artist

    Originally from Miami, Frantz Jean-Baptiste is a painter whose work engages with questions of identity and blackness in America, and reflects his Haitian-Caribbean background. He holds a BFA from California College of the Arts and currently teaches art at a Montessori school in Alameda.

Explore the range of mark-making employed by artists in About Things Loved: Blackness and Belonging and find fresh perceptions of space in their abstract works. Then, using acrylic paint and other materials, create a layered canvas of your own.

About Gallery + Studio
On the second Saturday of each month, Gallery + Studio connects art viewing with art making in ways that engage both young people and their grown-ups. Each two-part workshop integrates an interactive gallery tour with a related art project, and lasts about an hour and a half. Sign up on site beginning fifteen minutes before the session you wish to attend. Space is limited to twelve kids per session; please arrive promptly to sign up.