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Open Studio From Home:
Ruth Asawa

SAT, July 3, 2021
11 am–12 pm

Online, via Zoom

You are invited to Open Studio From Home, free weekly online art classes with Whitney educators. Participants will experiment, create, and learn together with at-home art materials.  

In this piece, Ruth 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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A 30-second online art project:
LaTurbo Avedon, Morning Mirror / Evening Mirror

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