SMA Student Rishika Kartik Leads Tactile Art Workshop at Clyfford Still Museum Saturday, July 24

Denver area families and visitors are invited to a hands-on art adventure at the Clyfford Still Museum on Saturday, July 24 at 10:30 a.m. Designed by Rishika Kartik, a senior at St. Mary's Academy, the program will celebrate the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 with the theme: Touch This Art! 

Participants of all ages will engage in abstract art, Clyfford Still’s painting technique, and the multi-sensory process of painting and the symbolic meaning behind various colors and textures. To guide their compositions, participants will learn the core elements of art, principles of design, and unconventional painting techniques. They will then have the opportunity to create a “STILL life” by rendering a physical object in an abstract way.

"In doing so, participants will look at objects as not what they are, but as possibilities of what they could be," says Rishika.

Rishika is the youngest president of the Tactile Art Club at the Colorado Center for the Blind, which provides community members an outlet to learn, create accessible art, express themselves, form emotional connections, and showcase their creativity. As a member of the National Federation of the Blind, she recently attended the Washington Seminar in D.C. to advocate for three legislative initiatives at the Capitol to improve the quality of life for students who are blind or have low vision. Rishika partners with Denver museums to deliver interactive, virtual workshop series as part of her broader work with museums and accessibility.

“Rishika is an impressive community member who is dedicated to increasing accessibility in the arts,” said Clyfford Still Museum educator Quána Madison. “It is a pleasure to collaborate with her."

The workshop will take place at the outdoor forecourt of the museum, located at 1250 Bannock Street. Interested parties can register here or follow along from home via the museum's blog.