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Adventures in Mixed Media: an Art Class for Individuals age 55+

May 11, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Thursday, repeating until May 18, 2023

a collage of images. The center image is a portrait of Juarez Hawkins. On either side of her, there are images of art prints she created


Garfield Park Conservatory has teamed up with Teaching Artist Juarez Hawkins to offer a 5-week mixed media art class. Classes will take place in-person at Garfield Park Conservatory on Thursday mornings at 10am from April 20th through May 18th.

This class is intended for individuals age 55+ only.

Do you want to try an art class, but don’t know where to begin? Do you have art skills and are seeking new directions? Do you want to create designs that can be printed on fabric, greeting cards and gift wrap, as well as limited editions? Do you want cool art making activities that can be done with the family? Then this class is for you!

Students will learn a variety of creative techniques for working with paper, including stamping, embossing, staining, marbling, and gel printing.

Whether you are looking to azz up your stationery, customize invitations, or create greeting cards for any occasion – your paper will never be the same!

Teaching Artist Bio:

Juarez Hawkins (she/her), a native of Chicago, is an artist, educator and curator. She received her B.A. from Northwestern University, and her M.A. from Columbia College.

Recent exhibitions include Emergence: Intersections at the Center at the South Side Community Art Center; Well-Behaved Women at the Lubeznik Art Center; and ICONIC Black Panther at the Stony Island Arts Bank. For over 25 years, she has exhibited with Sapphire and Crystals, a collective of African American female artists.

Printmaking projects include The Dream Deferred: 31 Diverse Artists Respond to Racial Injustice in America; Raise It Up! print fundraiser for the South Side Community Art Center; and Superstitions, hosted by Arceo Press.

Her recent curatorial projects include Black Clay: A Survey of African American Ceramics at Chicago State University; Radical Futures at the Museum of Contemporary Art; and Bill Walker: Urban Griot at the Hyde Park Art Center.

IG: @studio_rez

This class will take place on Thursday morning from 10:00am – 11:30am on the following dates.

April 20th, 27th

May 4th, 11th, 18th

Culminating Event TBD by students

Class Price:

General Registration $150

Volunteer/Member Registration $120

Materials: Thanks to the support of E.A. Michelson Philanthropies, all supplies are covered for students in this class!

Scholarships are available! Please fill out the Scholarship Application (link opens in new page) or contact Tiye Johnson for more details. Scholarship Applications close 12:00pm, April 17th 2023

Accommodations: When you register for this workshop you will be asked to provide any accommodation requests. If you have any questions or would like to request additional accommodation, please contact Mattie Wilson at, at least 72 hours prior to the event’s start.

Registration closes April 17th 2023.

This program is made possible in part by E.A. Michelson Philanthropy, The MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at Prince, Illinois Arts Council, and DCASE.



May 11, 2023
10:00 am - 11:30 am
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