Looking for inspiration? Enter renowned graphic designer Lucille Tenazas In this workshop, we will unlock creativity through a series of quick, exciting prompts. Combine two unexpected words to see how many ways you can visualize them, and through Tenazas’ guidance, see what happens next! What can we discover when we let loose?  

No prior experience in design required. Recommended for ages 16+. 


  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Glue stick or tape
  • Collage material such as old magazines or paper scrap


Lucille Tenazas is an educator and graphic designer based in New York and San Francisco. She is the Henry Wolf Professor of Communication Design at Parsons School of Design and was recently the Associate Dean in the School of Art, Media and Technology. She was the Founding Chair of the MFA program in Design at California College of the Arts where she taught for 20 years. The program was characterized by an interdisciplinary focus on form-giving, teaching and leadership, centering on the importance of personal voice as a filter in addressing communication design issues.   

Lucille was the national president of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) from 1996-98 and was awarded the AIGA Medal for her lifetime contribution to design practice and outstanding leadership in design education. She received the National Design Award for Communication Design from Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in 2002. Lucille’s design work is at the intersection of typography and linguistics, with design that reflects complex and poetic means of visual expression. Originally from Manila, the Philippines, she has taught and practiced in the United States since 1979. She received her MFA in Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art. 


This free program will feature a moderated panel discussion followed by an audience Q&A hosted through Zoom, with the option to dial in as well. Details will be emailed to you upon registration. This program includes closed captioning. For general questions or if we can provide additional accessibility services or accommodations to support your participation in this program, please email us at CHEducation@si.edu or let us know when registering. 

About Design Snacks

Build your design toolkit! Design Snacks is a series of hands-on workshops exploring techniques and strategies for participants to incorporate into their own practices, classrooms, or organizations. Workshops are held each month starting December 2021. Participants are not required to participate in all workshops.

Design Snacks are made possible with major support from Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation and The Richard and Jean Coyne Family Foundation. Generous support is also provided by Adobe and The Hirsch Family Foundation.