Public Programs & Outreach

Art as Spiritual Practice: Painting Holly Wreaths

Sunday, November 22, 2020 | 4:00pm

The ancient Celts brought holly branches in their homes for good luck, and Christian tradition links this plant with the crown of thorns worn by Jesus of Nazareth. Explore the symbolism and visual qualities of a holly plant and paint your own holiday wreath. No experience is necessary.  A Zoom link and password along with any relevant materials for the program will be sent to you before the program.

For this program Kiki will be using pencil and eraser, a thin-tipped black pen, watercolor paints and a thin brush, watercolor paper, water and a clean surface. However you can you whatever materials you have at home, or prefer, including markers, acrylic paints etc. Just make sure the paper you choose is thick enough to hold paint or markers without seeping through the other side. Bristol Board is good for acrylic and tempera paint. Crayons are fine if you have a sharpener or don’t mind making less precise edges.

Kiki McGrath is a teaching artist based in Washington, DC. Her drawings and large-scale installations focus on myth, ritual, and contemporary spiritual practice. She holds an MA in Museum Studies from the George Washington University and is a curator at the Henry Luce III Center for the Arts & Religion.

Advanced registration is required; registration closes at noon EDT on November 22

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    • November 22, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm