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 using soft pastels to blend and create rich colors, each week’s lesson will be inspired by works in the Museum’s collections.

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

Fall 2021 Sessions:

Thursday, October 28 | 8PM
Exploring Color in Pastel
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In the late 1960s, LeWitt pioneered a new way of working: inspired by the tradition of mural painting, he began to create drawings and paintings for walls, all of them abstract. They combine a variety of relatively simple marks and geometric motifs to create aesthetic effects that are both dynamic and beautiful. In this class we will focus on color harmony using an abstract structure of crisscrossing and swirling lines on a page—filling each shape with specific hues, inspired by Sol LeWitt’s Wall Drawing #1134, Whirls and Twirls (Princeton). Image: Sol LeWitt (1928–2007; born Hartford, CT; died New York, NY), Wall Drawing #1134, Whirls and Twirls (Princeton), 2004. Acrylic paint, 518.2 x 1127.8 cm. Princeton University, gift of the Bloomberg Family.

Thursday, November 4 | 8PM
Shading with Pastel
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Georgia O’Keeffe worked in pastel consistently throughout her long career. She used her fingertips to massage pastels into the support, enabling her to exploit a matte surface to painterly effect, as in Narcissa’s Last Orchid. In this class, inspired by O’Keeffe’s Narcissa’s Last Orchidwe will experiment with different techniques in blending colors to create three-dimensional-looking forms. Image: Georgia O’Keeffe (1887–1986; born Sun Prairie, WI; died Santa Fe, NM; active New York and New Mexico), Narcissa’s Last Orchid, 1940. Gift of David H. McAlpin, Class of 1920. © Georgia O’Keeffe Museum / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Thursday, November 11 | 8PM
Drawing a Landscape with Pastel
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Robert S. Duncanson was the first African American to achieve wide renown as an artist and to travel through Europe for artistic study. Though likely not intended to be widely recognized by viewers, the distinct coloration of the figures was nonetheless intentional. Their harmonious existence in an idealized landscape may represent the artist’s private, wishful rendition of the world as he hoped it might be. This live art-making class is inspired by Duncanson’s Untitled (Landscape). 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, November 18 | 8PM
Creating a Composite Animal in Pastel
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This live art-making class is inspired by a pair of painted tomb guardians from the Tang Dynasty. This pair of beast guardians represents the final stage of the long sculptural evolution of tomb guardians, when their function as demon-quellers became visually represented. Similar examples date to around the mid-eighth century and have been recovered primarily from the area near the Tang-dynasty capital of Chang’an (present-day Xi’an). In this class, we will combine different animal features to invent a creature all our own. Image: Chinese, Tang dynasty (618–907), Pair of painted tomb guardians, ca. mid–8th century. Princeton University Art Museum. Museum purchase, Fowler McCormick, Class of 1921, Fund.