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After School Art Club:
Ruth Asawa

Wed, July 7, 2021
4–5 pm

Online, via Zoom

For kids ages 5–10

Welcome to After School Art Club, a free weekly online program with Whitney educators. Kids ages 5 to 10 are invited to experiment and make art with at-home art materials. Tell a friend and join the club!

This week’s activity is inspired by Ruth Asawa. We will explore how Asawa transformed a basic pantry item—a potato—into an art material. She sliced the vegetable in half and carved a drawing into it, which she then printed into a rhythmic composition. “An artist is an ordinary person,” Asawa once remarked, “who can take ordinary things and make them special.”

Together, we learn all about printmaking techniques. Then, we will create prints from the vegetables in our own pantries!


  • Potatoes, apples, squash, or other firm produce
  • A cutting board and knife (ask a grown-up for help)
  • Acrylic paint, tempera paint, or block printing ink
  • Paintbrushes 
  • Paper
  • Paper towels or a clean rag

This event will have automated closed captions through Zoom. Live captioning is available for public programs and events upon request with seven business days advance notice. We will make every effort to provide accommodation for requests made outside of that window of time. To place a request, please contact us at or (646) 666-5574 (voice). Relay and voice calls welcome.

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