We want to stay connected and creative with our community during these unprecedented times. 

Our first opportunity we are sharing is our Virtual Pop-Up. For the next few weeks, arts instructor Elisabeth Herrera is sharing virtual activities to keep you inspired. Follow along with each activity and share your creations with us on Instagram (@atlantacontemporary) with the hashtag #ACMAKES

We look forward to seeing everyone’s creations and continuing the excellent conversations we usually have in person in a digital space.

Food and art have a long history

  • Food has been a universal theme in many forms of art throughout history.
  • From prehistoric cave paintings, to classical still life paintings, pop artists’ savory sculptures, and your favorite food Insta account. Humans have been documenting our food from the very beginning.
  • You can find more great examples of food in contemporary art in our digital archives

    Block Printing with Veggies

    In the block printing process the artist creates a printing block to use as a stamp to create identical repeated images. Rather than carving or building a plate for block printing we will be using veggies!! Kitchen scraps such as onion bottoms, apple slices, carrot ends, and many more items can be used for printing. This rose-like print is made using the root end of a cabbage. Look for items that have visual interest when you try your own veggie prints at home.

          Materials you’ll need:

          • Fruit or vegetable scraps (carrot or celery ends, cabbage or leaf lettuce root ends, citrus slices, potato stamps)
          • Block printing ink or paint (tempera, acrylic, and finger paint work well for this process)
          • Brayer (could use sponge brush or paint brush)
          • Paper plate or other flat surface to roll out ink

          Step 1: Prepare your materials for printing

          Gather your veggies for printing. This cabbage was chopped up for a salad and the root end was stored in the fridge until printing time. Make sure the materials you are using for printing are cut cleanly leaving a very flat side. Use safe and careful cutting procedures.

          Step 2: Roll out the ink

          Use a brayer (or sponge brush or flat paintbrush) to roll out an even layer of ink for printing. Because I will be printing on fabric I am using screen printing ink made for fabrics. If you are printing on paper nearly any thick body paint will work very well.

                  Step 3: Print and repeat!

                  Transfer the ink onto the veggies by either rolling it on with the brayer or by pressing it evenly into the ink. Carefully transfer the inked veggie onto your printing surface. Make direct contact with the printing surface by evenly pressing the veggie to ensure all areas have made contact with the printing surface. Re-ink and repeat the process to create a series of prints! Experiment with different compositions and color schemes.

                  These pink towels were colored with dye made from avocados! Want to make your own natural dyes? Check out this tutorial and other projects.

                    Share your work!

                    We love seeing how you use these prompts in your artist practice. Share your creations with us on social media using the tag: #ACMakes

                    Want to make more art with your food?

                    Check out our Food as Art activity in our Virtual Friday Pop-Up page of our website.


                    Elisabeth Herrera-Very

                    Elisabeth Herrera-Very is a teaching artist and art educator working in Atlanta. A former public school visual arts teacher she now focuses on community engagement and museum education. As a teaching artist she develops programming that provides inclusive, thoughtful, and relevant art experiences for participants of all ages and skill levels. Her programming at Atlanta Contemporary encourages patrons to explore their own creative process through contemporary art making practices and exploratory art making.


                    Share your creations with us! Tag us on Facebook or Instagram @atlantacontemporary and use the hashtag #ACMAKES.

                    Upcoming Events

                    October 8 / 12:00pm
                    Contemporary Talks

                    BLDGS Talk + Tour

                    Presented by Atlanta Design Festival

                    Grab a coffee and explore the historical Atlanta Contemporary building with the BLDGS, the architecture group behind the 2013 renovation of the galleries. This tour is part of the Atlanta Design Festival tour series with MA! Architecture Tours.

                    October 12 / 10:00am
                    Contemporary Off-Site

                    Callanwolde Gallery Tour

                    Members Only


                    Members will tour the fine art gallery located at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center.

                    October 13 / 6:00pm
                    Contemporary Talks

                    Andres Serrano’s Insurrection


                    Atlanta Contemporary hosts a screening of Insurrection, followed by a Q+A with the filmmaker, Andres Serrano.

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                    We encourage you to share your images using #atlantacontemporary. Read our full photography policy.