Open Artist Studio: Story Portraits

  • April 18, 2024
  • 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Space: Seahorse Classroom


How can you tell a story using only visuals? Children will look at work by fiber artist Bisa Butler,  who uses textiles such as kente cloth, a traditional Ghanaian cloth associated with royalty, to “paint” layered portraits of people of African descent. With Butler’s artwork in mind, artists will create their own vibrant portraits focusing on colors, pattern, and texture to celebrate and empower their chosen subjects.

Image Credit: Bisa Butler, I Go To Prepare A Place For You, 2021. Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, purchased through the American Women’s History Initiative Acquisitions Pool, administered by the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative © Bisa Butler