Richmond Art Center

Richmond Art Center

African Diasporic Art and Healing


Richmond Art Center


12 - 18+ yrs


Sat, Apr 24, 2021 - Apr 24, 2021


10:00am - 11:00am PDT


Online via Zoom


Idris H.


30 students

Class Experience

This workshop introduces participants to the importance of artistic expression as a healing tool in the African Diaspora. It includes a brief survey about the history of African-American and African Diasporic Art, as well as a dialogue touching on the healing aspects of artistic enrichment in cultural communities. The workshop will also explore the subject of using art as a tool for social transformation and includes an art activity.

Materials List:
- Images: Cut outs from magazines, newspapers, prints of digital images, flyers, posters, and other reproductions (Note: the teaching artist will also provide a link to a google folder of royalty free images for use in the activity closer to the date of the workshop.)
- 8.5 " x 11" Plain white paper for drafting a sketch
- 8.5" x 11" heavy duty paper (i.e. Cardboard, foam core, construction paper)
- Glue sticks
- Scissors or X-Acto knife

Project Instructions:
- The activity will focus on the theme of healing and the question: "What does healing look like to you?"
- The participants should select images that have color, textures, symbols, and communicate a sense of space, mood, or time important to the theme.
- During the workshop there will be reference to collage samples by African American artists for inspiration.


Open to all levels of experience.

About the Teaching Artist: Idris Hassan is a photographer and cultural documentarian working in Oakland, CA and throughout the Bay Area. She is a graduate of Cal State East Bay and Naropa University with a Masters in Liberal Arts. Hassan’s work explores themes of healing, belonging, and an exploration of the Diaspora. With an archive of twenty plus years of work, Hassan has traveled abroad capturing the visual essence of various communities. While transitioning from 35mm photography to digital, Hassan began to incorporate collage mixed media works into her portfolio. Her photography, mixed media, and collage work have been featured in exhibitions throughout the Bay Area including: Black Artists on Art at Oakstop Gallery, The Art of Living Black at Richmond Art Center, Oakland Women's Day at Betti Ono Gallery, and Afro Solo's Reflecting the Light Series at the San Francisco Public Library. Hassan's work was also featured in Photoville in Brooklyn, NY and Los Angeles, CA. In 2020 she was a featured artist in Don't Shoot: An Opus to the Opulence of Blackness at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco. And in 2021 her digital art collage about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in communities of color entitled Masks Sold Here was featured in the online exhibition for Art of the African Diaspora hosted by Richmond Art Center. Hassan is also a documentarian and participating artist in the annual Black Woman is God exhibition. Hassan is the co-editor, photographer, and publisher for the documentary book project in progress entitled 2020: The COVID Rebellions to be released in 2021. The project was made possible by a grant from the Akonadi Foundation.

How To Participate

Attend class via Zoom video

This class will be hosted on Zoom video conferencing platform. You will receive an email 30 minutes before class starts with a link to the class and access instructions. We recommend you make sure your device is up to date and meets all system requirements before class.

Meet your Instructor

Idris H.