The Arts Council partners 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.

With an emphasis on drawing with pen or pencil on paper, each week’s lesson will be inspired by works in the Museum’s collections.

Live sessions are back! To access recordings of previous lessons, click here!


Thursday, February 3 | 8PM
Drawing a Rhinoceros
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This live art-making class is inspired by Albrecht Dürer’s The Rhinoceros. Rendered with linear wizardry, the rich textural detail of Dürer’s rhinoceros inspired countless artistic representations over the next two centuries and was considered a valid image of the animal in German schoolbooks until the 1930s. In this session we will draw a rhinoceros in the wild by first looking at the big shapes and then refining those before committing to delicate details. Image: Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471–1528), The Rhinoceros, 1515. Woodcut. Princeton University Art Museum. Bequest of Charles A. Ryskamp 

Thursday, February 10 | 8PM
Drawing Two or More People
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This live art-making class is inspired by Elizabeth Catlett’s Friends. An intricately layered web of fluctuating linear patterns foregrounds the expressive faces of a man and a woman engaged in the quiet drama of their gaze-driven dialogue; these same interwoven lines create a tautly constructed play of folds and curves in the couple’s clothing. In this class we will explore expressions, using two models looking at each other. While figures are usually complex to draw, the emphasis in this exercise is on creating connection and emotion over anatomical precision. Image: Elizabeth Catlett (1915–2012; born Washington, D.C., died Cuernacava, Mexico), Friends, 1944. Museum purchase, Laura P. Hall Memorial Fund. Art © Catlett Mora Family Trust/Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

Thursday, February 17 | 8PM
Exploring Illustration
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This live art-making class is inspired by Jiha Moon’s Rain Catcher. Inspired by art historical sources and popular culture—including thirteenth-century Taoist painting, American cartoons, Dr. Seuss books, and fortune cookies—Moon’s color-saturated print combines motifs to create an exuberant, dreamlike composition. Rain Catcher might be seen as a landscape, an information map, or a gestural abstraction—or all three at once. In this class we will brainstorm ideas using a prompt that can be developed into a finished illustration. We will discuss how illustration and fine art overlap in many aspects, and how they differ. Image: Robert S. Duncanson (American, 1821–1872), Untitled (Landscape), late 1850s. Princeton University Art Museum. Museum purchase, Kathleen Compton Sherrerd Fund for Acquisitions in American Art and Mary Trumbull Adams Art Fund.

Thursday, February 24 | 8PM
Capturing the Everyday
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This live art-making class is inspired by Mary Cassat’s Young Woman in a Black and Green Bonnet, Looking Down. One of America’s leading expatriate artists, Cassatt fully exploited pastel’s painterly and spontaneous qualities, as exemplified by this image of a fashionably dressed woman caught in a moment of repose or reverie. The artist’s bold strokes on the bonnet and colorful upholstery enliven these inanimate surfaces and offset the higher degree of finish on the woman’s face. Her concealed eyes convey a sense of psychological privacy. In this class, we will find our own everyday event to capture. Maybe it’s a pet snuggled up near us while we draw, or a family member reading a book nearby. Image: Mary Cassatt (1844–1926; born Allegheny City, PA; died Le Mesnil-Theribus, France), Young Woman in a Black and Green Bonnet, Looking Down, ca. 1890. Pastel. Princeton University Art Museum. Gift of Sally Sample Aall