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Painting to Music as an Act of Personal Liberation


Use music to access your intuitive expression with Adia Millett.

Course Description

In this course we will be creating a body of work without a predetermined vision, and utilizing our senses to inspire our imaginations. Employing a series of exercises to help access our subconscious minds, we will explore the space between realism and abstraction. Listening to a variety of different music to explore rhythm, control, movement, and memories, we will find new ways to define what freedom looks like. 
Note: We will be painting with acrylics and using oil pastels.




Artist Biography

Adia Millett's art honors the history of domestic craft, abstraction, and architecture, while being inspired by afro futurism, emotional resilience, and the preservation of our land. Her work ranges from painting, quilting, stained-glass, collage, video, and sculpture, to installation. Investigating the fragile interconnectivity among all living things, she deconstructs images, ideas, and materials to shed light on the multifaceted and complex parallels between the creative process and the nature of personal identity. 
Millett received her BFA from the University of California, Berkeley and an MFA from the California Institute of Arts. She was an artist-in-Residence at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program and the Studio Museum in Harlem. She has exhibited at prominent institutions including the New Museum, New York; P.S. 1, New York; Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco; Oakland Museum, CA; Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; Santa Monica Museum of Art, CA; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Atlanta; The Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans; Barbican Gallery, London; San Jose Quilt and Textile Museum; and at the California African American Museum, Los Angeles, which hosted a critically acclaimed solo exhibition of her work in 2019. Millett has taught at Columbia College in Chicago, UC Santa Cruz, Cooper Union in NY, and California College of the Arts. Millett currently resides in Oakland, California. 



Learn more about Adia Millett and her work by visiting her website and checking out her instagram @adiamillett.


Shakerag Workshops of St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School does not discriminate on the basis of race, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, or gender.