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 color mixing and brushwork, each week’s lesson will be inspired by works in the Museum’s collections. 

Sessions will resume in Fall 2021. To access recordings of previous lessons, click here!

Summer 2021 Sessions:

Thursday, June 17
Water Reflections
Seascapes are a favorite subject for watercolorists. In contrast to solid structures above the water, reflections can be painted in a loose and playful manner, highlighting watercolor’s unique properties of spontaneity and luminescence. This class will examine patterns of water and light that will make painting marine scenes easier. Image: Thomas Moran (American, 1837–1926), Venice: The Lagoon Looking toward Santa Maria della Salute, 1894. Watercolor and gouache over graphite. Princeton University Art Museum. Gift of Mrs. Philip T. White


Thursday, June 24
Embracing Dark Tones in Watercolor
Watercolor can replicate a wide range of light and dark tones. However, many watercolorists are nervous about making their artwork too dark. We will explore rendering a nightscape in watercolor, maximizing the value scale and learning not to be afraid as we create beautiful, rich tones in the work. Image: Winslow Homer (American, 1836–1910), Eastern Point Light, 1880. Watercolor over graphite. Princeton University Art Museum. Gift of Alastair B. Martin, Class of 1938

Thursday, July 1
Using Toned Paper and Gouache

To help push the range of values in their watercolor paintings, many artists use a combination of toned papers instead of pure white, with the assistance of gouache paint to bring back areas of the lightest tones. In this class we will experiment with both, using John Singer Sargent’s painting Bridge of Sighs as an example. Image: Attributed to John Singer Sargent (American, 1856–1925), Bridge of Sighs. Watercolor and gouache. Princeton University Art Museum. Bequest of the Joseph F. McCrindle Collection



Thurs, Feb 25 | 8pm
Storytelling with Collage

Transitioning from grayscale to color can be a challenge for artists. In this class we will explore color theory, experimenting with combinations of colors that work well together due to the structure of color schemes. Image: Alice Baber (American, 1928–1982), The Jaguar Crosses the Rainbow Desert: Sacred Space Series, 1980. Dye-based colored inks. Gift of the Alice Baber Estate through Norbert N. Nelson, Executor, Class of 1950. © Alice Baber Estate


Thursday, July 15
How Colors Change over Distance

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. Image: Charles Herbert Moore (American, 1840–1930) Water Mill, Simplon Village, 1877. Watercolor and gouache over graphite. Princeton University Art Museum. Gift of Miss Elizabeth Huntington Moore, the artist’s daughter, presented by Mrs. Frank Jewett Mather Jr.