Art After Work: Elijah Pierce

Thursday, August 20, 2020
5-6 p.m. central
Zoom Video Conference

Art After Work: Elijah Pierce

Join Intuit on the third Thursday of the month for Art After Work, a free series of facilitated art-making workshops inspired by outsider and self-taught art and artists from the museum’s collections and exhibitions. This month, art educator and Intuit Teacher Fellow Dorothy Broers will lead a discussion and facilitate a workshop inspired by self-taught artist Elijah Pierce. In the virtual workshop, participants will draw inspiration from the renowned woodcarver to craft their own soap carvings. 

Elijah Pierce, Couple with Stubborn Mules
Elijah Pierce (American, 1892-1984). Couple with Stubborn Mules (detail), 1978, carved wood relief, paint, glitter, plastic gems, 16 in. x 25 in. (40.64 cm x 63.5 cm). Collection of Victor F. Keen

Suggested materials

  • Bar of bath soap (even a slightly used one)
  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Cutting and carving tools such as a plastic butter knife, paper clip, hairpin, popsicle stick, toothpick or other tools you have around the house

Art After Work is for everyone, including beginners and people who say they “are not artists.” We can all be artists! It is a guided workshop, and instruction will begin at 5 p.m. central.

Two hours before the event, Intuit will email the Zoom link to those who RSVP on Eventbrite. Please check your junk folder; unfortunately, these emails are sent there sometimes.

Art After Work is funded in part by the Alphawood Foundation, the Department of Cultural Affairs, Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelly Foundation, Illinois Arts Council Agency, Illinois Humanities, Prince Charitable Trust, Terra Foundation for American Art, and individual donations from Intuit members and supporters.

Meet Dorothy Broers

Dorothy Broers is a K-12 visual arts teacher who works with children and adults with developmental disabilities and autism. Her pedagogy is informed by a passion to provide inclusive opportunities for all students to engage in rich arts education experiences. Through her work in Intuit’s Teacher Fellowship Program, Dorothy has gained a deep appreciation for outsider art and has incorporated lessons about self-taught artists in her school curriculum. Dorothy is also a freelance photographer and has exhibited at Woman Made Gallery, the Riverside Arts Center Freeark Gallery and Co-Prosperity Sphere. She lives and works in Chicago.