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Teacher Workshop: Creative Assemblage

Mint Museum UPTOWN

Tuesday, Jul 31-Aug 2

10:00AM - 4:00PM

Admission: $30 Members / $40 Non-Members


Tuesday July 31, Wednesday August 1, & Thursday August 2, 2012
Mint Museum Uptown
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
(refreshments at 9:30 a.m.)                

The Mint Museum presents a professional development workshop for teachers led by artists Dean Johns, Chris Watts, and museum staff. This workshop explores ways to manipulate three-dimensional found objects and incorporate painting media on two-dimensional surfaces to express ideas.

Participants will use the special exhibition Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial as inspiration to explore the relationship between found materials, forms, and ideas. Artist Chris Watts will compare and contrast his art and ideas with Dial’s. Artist Dean Johns will use Dial’s work and others to explore approaches to creating assemblages. Working with Johns, participants will manipulate personal found objects and paint media to create wall assemblages. The workshop will also examine strategies and ideas for assemblage in the classroom.

Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial is brought to the community with generous support from Wells Fargo. Additional support provided by Duke Energy. Organized by the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

Mint Museum members: $30. Non-members: $40.
Not a member?  Join today and save on registration!  Teachers also receive a $15 discount on Individual memberships.


This workshop is for certified classroom teachers only.
Please call 704.337.2107 to register by phone. To register online, select the "REGISTER NOW" link above. Full payment by credit card is required to hold your place.

Found objects, anything from doll parts to metal screws, that fill a container at least 16 inches by 8 inches by 8 inches.

All teachers will receive 1.5 credits for attending the workshop (3 days, 15 hours).

Contact Joel Smeltzer, School Programs Coordinator, by phone 704.337.2033 or email

Paint cans, plastic cans, spray paint cans, clothing, wood, steel, carpet, plastic straws, rope, oil, enamel, spray paint, and Splash Zone compound on canvas on wood
Collection of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation. Photo by Stephen Pitkin, Pitkin Studio.