Visual Storytelling with Helen Zughaib

In this workshop, participants will learn the art of storytelling by crafting short stories, expressing them in color, and depicting them in a painting on a pair of white children’s shoes. Participants will then share their stories so we can learn more about each other’s dreams, fears, and vision of the future.  

Stories are portals that take us to wondrous worlds and can combine reality and fantasy. At times they tell us about what has already happened with details about places and people. They can also be fictional stories crafted through imagination that we can use as inspiration. Stories, like shoes, can take us to achieve our dreams, away from what we fear, and help us along our journey. 

This workshop is intergenerational, for ages 10+!

All children must have an adult in attendance with them for this event. 

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The artist will also participate in a tour and discussion with the Director of Exhibitions Lauren Nye on Friday, January 13 with a reception at 5 pm and the tour at 6 pm. The tour will focus on the use of symbolism and tradition in crafting contemporary identity. We will highlight Zughaib’s exquisitely patterned paintings and installations and conclude the tour with a seated question and answer session, with time dedicated to discussion between the artist and attendees.  RSVP here.  



Event Details

Date: Saturday, January 14, 2023


1:30 – 3:30 pm

Ticket Price: 

Tickets are available for ages 10+

$15 for Adult

$10 for Children 12 and under

Museum Members receive a 10% discount

Artist Biography: 

Helen Zughaib was born in Beirut, Lebanon. She resided in the Middle East and Europe before coming to the United States to study art at Syracuse University, earning her BFA from the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Zughaib currently lives and works in Washington, DC. Her work has been widely exhibited in the United States, Europe, and Lebanon. Her paintings are included in many private and public collections, including the White House, World Bank, Library of Congress, US Consulate General in Vancouver, American Embassy in Baghdad, the Arab American National Museum in Detroit, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art. 

Visit the artist’s website here.