ASL DrawNow! Online! with Nic Annette Miller and Yusuf Yahya

Join teaching artist Nic Annette Miller and guest artist Yusuf Yahya for an online participatory drawing workshop in American Sign Language (ASL) that will explore performative forms of image making inspired by David Hammons: Body Prints, 1968-1979, on view through May 23, 2021.

Please note this workshop will be in ASL with no voice interpretation. It is free and open to the signing community. All ages are welcome. Adult supervision recommended due to the nature of some materials on the supplies list.

Following the drawing activity, participants will engage in a discussion that will reflect on Hammons's practice and the Black Deaf experience with an emphasis on Black American Sign Language (BASL).

Hammons use of his own body, as both a drawing tool and printing plate, contains techniques, concepts, and messages that depict the ordinary joys as well as the entrenched injustices of living as a Black man in America. Participants will create monoprints using common household items utilizing a process similar to Hammons’ large-scale body prints. Please make sure to review the materials list below.

  • Materials

    • paper, butter, margarine, oils (baby, coconut, vegetable, etc.), ground spices, ground coffee, or pigments, strainer or sieve.
    • small trash bin and damp towel near workstation
  • Tips for a Successful Zoom Session

    • Log in 5-10 minutes before the workshop begins to avoid any technical delays.
    • Use a desktop or laptop for the best image quality. A tablet will also do, but on a smartphone, the image may be too small.
    • Make sure you have a stable wifi connection before the workshop begins
  • Documentation

    The Drawing Center tries to share its programs as widely as possible, which means recording our programming and making it available online. By attending the event, you consent to audio recording and video recording and its/their release, publication, or exhibition.