Utilizing an unconventional combination of paint and other materials, artist Giovanni Valderas invites participants to make tactile, sculpture-like portraits of themselves, loved ones, pets or celebrities. Join us to learn more about Valderas' unique portraiture process, which, according to the artist, creates an "intimate interrogation" with the subject. Participants are encouraged to submit a portrait digitally (JPEG or PDF) which will be prepped for use during the workshop. For adults; beginners to experts welcome. All materials are provided. Tickets: $30 Public. $25 DMA Partners. $15 Student Discount Ticket (with valid Student ID). Early bird discounts available. Buy tickets here: http://dma.ticketleap.com/c3-artistic-encounters-palpable-portraiture-with-giovanni-valde/ About Giovanni Valderas: Valderas graduated in 2012 from the College of Visual Arts & Design at the University of North Texas with an MFA in Drawing & Painting. His latest work—“Cultural Constructs”—reinterprets objects from popular culture through a process of concealment and transformation, thereby providing them with alternative identities. He currently sits as the Vice Chair for the Cultural Affairs Commission for the City of Dallas while serving as Gallery Director at Mountain View College. http://www.giovannivalderas.com About Artistic Encounters: Artistic Encounters is a program where new and returning visitors work with artists to explore the creative process through dialogue and art making. Each program is co-created with a selected artist to produce a workshop inspired by both their practice and the collection at the Dallas Museum of Art. Participants get to work closely with the artist, learning about their artistic process in a hands-on format. Past programs have seen work across conventional mediums such as painting and sculpture but have also spanned writing, performance, photography and even pañuelo art! Join us for one of our evenings and you’ll for sure leave with the right-side of your brain ticking. Artistic Encounters is offered six times throughout the year in the Center for Creative Connections.