I was talking to an art teacher friend recently about how difficult it is to teach people how to be artists when all you have are slides of other people’s work in front of you. Nashville has Fisk’s Romare Beardens and Cheekwood’s James Turrell, but no matter how prestigious the collection, it’s hard to showcase examples from every artistic genre — imagine how we’d find room for specimens from Christo and Jeanne-Claude, or examples from each of Picasso’s artistic periods.
It’s lucky, then, we have the Frist’s excellent contemporary art programming, which often includes art-making workshops by exhibiting artists with local connections. The drawings by Kristi Hargrove that are part of the Frist’s Metamorphoses exhibit are spectacular examples of art that uses, as curator Mark Scala puts it, “the humblest of mediums — paper, pen and pencil.” She’s also a professor and chair of Watkins’ fine arts department, and tonight she’s leading a studio workshop at the Frist.
The workshop will begin in the exhibition gallery, where Hargrove will explain her work from a first-person perspective. Then she’ll lead a class on how to make your own drawings using similar materials and techniques. If you want to learn about the work in the Frist exhibit from the actual artist, and learn how to make your own work, tonight’s your night. The workshop is $45 for members, $65 for non-members, and supplies are included.