Making Art from Art

Hall of Sculpture


Make art inspired by art on view at the museum! In this series of workshops for adults, meet and work with an artist as they guide you through activities inspired by Sharif Bey: Excavations.

Making Art From Art was developed in response to Sharif Bey’s questions around how one comes to believe that they can be an artist and encourages participants to engage with a variety of materials and techniques to create their own special work of art that they can take home.

Admission to the museum is not included with this program.

Workshops include:

February 10
Making Art from Art: Memory Water!
with Celeta Hickman

In this workshop, guests will be invited to make bracelets to remind us to join in the healing of the world's waters - an indirect artistic approach for all people to honor the feminine divine energy of water and the importance of water conservation.

January 20
Making Art from Art: Clay
with Emmanuelle Wambach

About the Artists:

Celeta Hickman is an independent artist who dances, designs and creates embellished implements of authority, densely beaded sacred jewelry, beaded flags, processional regalia and masquerades. She makes every effort to create authentic and functional West African art forms. The pieces she makes are not new concepts, but instead she uses contemporary materials to tell very old stories with influences from pre-colonial Black Africa, the colonial era francophone, and Latin America and the Caribbean. Her creative production over the past 30 years has focused on dancing, creating and singing for masquerades from West Africa, Brazil, Haiti, and Cuba, and the study of Yoruba court and spiritual regalia. Celeta’s sacred bead and fiber art mentors are priests of the Yoruba tradition, Cathleen Richardson Bailey (Obatala), the late elder priest of Oshun Penelope Stubbs of Brooklyn, New York.

Emmanuelle Wambach hails from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She grew up in a multicultural and multiracial family that valued art and creativity as essential.

Inspired by her mother’s love of flowers and gardening, Emmanuelle combines different techniques of texturing, carving, glazing and under glazing to create slab-built lace plates and one-of-a-kind decorative floral pieces. Since she was a small child, Emmanuelle learned about traditional women’s handicrafts and flowers from her mother. It wasn’t until adulthood that she realized how interested she was in these activities.

While her mother has a green thumb and the patience to create intricate fiber works, Emmanuelle’s thumb is brown, and she is all thumbs with involved fiber arts. By making ceramic flowers and lace forms in clay Emmanuelle has found her own way to create gardens and intricate textile textures while honoring the arts her mother taught her.

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Please Note:

Participants may be photographed, videotaped, or otherwise recorded. By registering for this event, participants grant the Museum permission to use photographs and/or audiovisual recordings in which they appear for archival, documentary, publicity, advertising, or other purposes.