The Arts Council is partnering with the Princeton University Art Museum to provide free online art-making experiences. Weekly classes are taught by artist-instructor Barbara DiLorenzo over Zoom, so participants can join live from home. A variety of media and techniques will be explored, using materials readily available. Each week’s lesson features works from the Museum’s collections and is introduced by an Art Museum Student Tour Guide.
Thursday, Feb 4 | 8pm
Capturing a Winter Scene
This live art-making class is inspired by Charles Ephraim Burchfield’s Winter Rain from the East. Broadly painted in ghostly tones of gray and brown, Burchfield’s watercolors of obsolete farms and forgotten towns on the outskirts of Buffalo, New York—where the artist lived and worked—capture a poignant sense of loneliness. In this class we will focus on techniques of drawing a winter scene, including line, shadow, perspective, and tone. Learn more & register!
Thurs, Feb 11 | 8pm
This live art-making class is inspired by Frederic Remington’s Coming through the Rye. Remington’s ambitious bronze sculpture is based on a drawing from the 1880s and features four animated horses and riders in a composition remarkable for being largely elevated off the work’s base, with the leftmost horse completely suspended. In this class we will focus on drawing horses, with instruction on anatomy, movement, texture, and expression. Learn more & register!
Thurs, Feb 18 | 8pm
This live art-making class is inspired by Edward Hopper’s Universalist Church. In this partial view of an eighteenth-century Universalist church in Gloucester, Massachusetts, Hopper shows only the elegant white spire, obscuring the rest of the building with intervening houses. The lines of the roofs adjacent to the church lead the eye across both axes of the image to the steeple. In this class we will focus on creating a unique architectural composition by cropping the image and closely focusing on one aspect of a scene. Learn more & register!
Thurs, Feb 25 | 8pm
Storytelling with Collage
This live art-making class is inspired by Jacob Lawrence’s The 1920’s . . . The Migrants Arrive and Cast Their Ballots. This screenprint is alive with energy and activity. Lawrence’s characteristically expressive style conveys the scene with exaggerated geometries, angular figures, and blocks of color. Lawrence is known for his narrative pictorial compositions that depict significant historical events, such as the Great Migration or the life of Frederick Douglass, as well as scenes of the everyday life of African Americans. In this class we will focus on visual storytelling and creating collage compositions using basic shapes and blocks of color. Learn more & register!
Thurs, March 4 | 8pm
Rendering Clothing and Drapery
This live art-making class is inspired by a Greek Statuette of Nike from the Hellenistic period. In this sculpture, the goddess of victory wears a clinging chiton with a long overfold that reveals the lines of her voluptuous body. A belt cinches the garment high under her breasts. In this class we will focus on the basic shapes of clothing and the anatomy of folds to better understand the mechanics of drapery. Learn more & register!