Presented by Kanitra Fletcher, assistant curator, modern and contemporary art; and Melissa Aytenfisu, teaching artist

Come out to the Museum for an afternoon of hands-on art making, inspired by Jack Whitten’s Black Monolith paintings, honoring great African American cultural figures. You can see these paintings, alongside approximately 40 of his sculptures, in the exhibition Odyssey: Jack Whitten Sculpture, 1963–2017.

The afternoon begins with a look at how Whitten created his Black Monolith pieces, using unique paint-layering and mosaicking techniques. Learn about his process and how these works pay homage to individuals Whitten admired.

Then, create your own mosaic tile project, inspired by the people you admire most. You’ll explore geometric shapes, patterns, color, and texture as you make your personal compositions. Your pieces can be as abstract, or as figural, as you’d like. Do you have small pieces of tile at home you would like to incorporate into your project? Bring them along!

• $20 MFAH Members
• $25 Nonmembers

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MFAH Learning and Interpretation and Education programs receive generous funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services; MD Anderson Cancer Center; Sharon G. Dies; the Sterling-Turner Foundation; Houston Junior Woman's Club; Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo; the Kress Foundation; The Brown Foundation, Inc.; the Susan Vaughan Foundation;the CFP Foundation; the Cockrell Family Fund; the Joe Barnhart Foundation; the Carruth Foundation, Inc.; Mrs. Denise D. Monteleone; William A. and Madeline Smith Charitable Trust; Texas Commission on the Arts; the Claire and Theodore Morse Foundation; Dr. Angela Apollo; the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design; Mr. and Mrs. Dan English III; Mrs. Nancy Glanville Jewell; Marilyn G. Lummis; Mary Lynn and Steve Marks; the Summerlee Foundation; the Swergold Family Foundation; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wheeler; Christine and Jaime Yordan Foundation; the Junior League of Houston, Inc.; Polly and Murry Bowden; Nancy and Jim Gordon; and the Lubrizol Foundation.

All Learning and Interpretation programs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, receive endowment funds provided by Louise Jarrett Moran Bequest; Caroline Wiess Law; the William Randolph Hearst Foundation; Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff; the National Endowment for the Humanities; the Fondren Foundation; BMC Software, Inc.; the Wallace Foundation; the Neal Myers and Ken Black Children’s Art Fund; Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Ballard; Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Tate; the Eleanor and Frank Freed Foundation; Virginia and Ira Jackson; the Favrot Fund; Neiman Marcus Youth Arts Education; gifts in memory of John Wynne; and gifts in honor of Beth Schneider.