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Sunday, July 26

Free Virtual Watercolor Class with Princeton University Art Museum: How to Bring Back Highlights

- Free!

The Arts Council has partnered with the Princeton University Art Museum to provide a series of watercolor-painting classes taught by artist-instructor Barbara DiLorenzo. Participants can join live from their home computers, tablets, or phones. With an emphasis on color mixing and brushwork, each week’s lesson will be inspired by works in the Museum’s collections.

Students often wonder what to do when the tones of their watercolor paintings get too dark. Since artists generally try to leave the white of the paper as the lightest value in their paintings, it can be frustrating when those areas are mistakenly painted over. We will explore lifting colors to get a lighter tone in earlier sessions, but in this class, we will talk about paint called gouache. This is a water-soluble, opaque paint that can be helpful in bringing back highlights that have been lost or mixing with another color to create lighter moments. We will also discuss a tool called resist, or masking fluid, for the painter who wants to preserve those lighter areas from the beginning. 

Click here for an optional materials list.

Click here to REGISTER!

This event will include live closed captions in both English and Spanish. English captions are available directly in the Zoom toolbar, by clicking the “CC” icon. To access Spanish language captioning, enter the Zoom webinar, then open a separate web browser to visit https://www.streamtext.net/player?event=CFI-PrincetonUArtMuseum where you can select “Spanish” to see the live captioning.

Para acceder a los subtítulos en varios idiomas, ingrese al seminario web de Zoom durante un evento en vivo, luego abra un navegador web separado para visitar esta página donde puede seleccionar” español “o el idioma de su elección.

Spanish-language live closed-captioning for this program is made possible by the Rapid Response Magic Project of the Princeton University Humanities Council.

Image: Francis Orville Libby (American, 1883–1961), Northern Lights. Watercolor. Princeton University Art Museum. Gift of Carl Otto von Kienbusch, Class of 1906, for the Carl Otto von Kienbusch Jr. Memorial Collection. © Estate of Francis Orville Libby

Monday, July 27

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Thursday, July 30

Free Virtual Drawing Class with Princeton University Art Museum: Artistic Voice

- Free!

The Arts Council is partnering with the Princeton University Art Museum to provide free, live, online art-making experiences.

These weekly drawing classes will be taught by ACP artist-instructor Barbara DiLorenzo over Zoom. Each week’s lesson will feature works from the Art Museum’s collections. Techniques will emphasize drawing with pencil and paper.

This session will explore artistic voice. Separate from style, voice is the entirety of the artist coming through the work to reach the viewer. When we feel clumsy with the materials (charcoal, pastels, etc.) or the style (realism, abstract, etc.) our voice may not come through clearly. To move beyond this phase, committed artists practice their techniques, honing their skills in order to express their voices as clearly as possible. Many students begin their artistic journey by measuring their merit in comparison to others. Instead of seeing a seasoned artist as “more talented,” it’s more accurate to say they are skilled (practiced) in expressing their artistic voice more clearly. The good news is that a clear artistic voice is in reach of all artists. Practice helps, as does consideration of the subject matter that appeals to the artist. When an artist is truly content with their work, and it feels like it clicked into place, chances are their voice is clear and an audience will resonate with the work.

REGISTER HERE!  When prompted, click to sign in as “attendee”.

Live closed captioning is available for this webinar. To turn on this feature, click on the “CC” icon in the Zoom toolbar.

LATE THURSDAYS!  This event is part of the Museum’s Late Thursdays programming, made possible in part by Heather and Paul G. Haaga Jr., Class of 1970.

Image: Hitoshi Tsukiji 築地仁(Japanese, born 1947), Untitled, 1984. Gelatin silver print. Princeton University Art Museum. Gift of Robert Gambee, Class of 1964

Friday, July 31

Story & Verse: A Storytelling & Poetic Open Mic

- Free!

Enjoy an evening of community-created entertainment in the form of storytelling and poetic open mic! After months of virtual Story & Verse, we’re thrilled to invite you to a special-edition outdoor Story & Verse at Pettoranello Gardens.

All are welcome to tell a well-prepared story or perform their poetry inspired by this month’s theme: “Walk the Line”. Performers must present their own work and are invited to interpret the theme as broadly as they wish.

The evening will include 45 minutes of stories and 45 minutes of poetry with a brief intermission.

Attendees and performers may begin arriving at 6pm. All those interested in performing can then add their name to the hat for the chance to be called to the stage. No advance registration for performers is required.

RAIN DATE: Saturday, August 1

PLEASE NOTE: In an effort to safely gather, seating will be limited. Registering for this event does not guarantee seats, but helps the organizers plan. Seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, no exceptions. REGISTER HERE.

Performer Details:​

  • Performers will be randomly selected from names in a ‘hat’. If you’re interested in performing, please arrive at 6pm.
  • Storytellers should prepare a 5-minute story on the theme, true and about the teller. Storytellers should follow “The Moth” guidelines.
  • Poets should perform their own poetry, up to 5 minutes in length, related to the theme.
  • Performers will be selected at random, so it’s possible that not everyone will get to perform.

To ensure the safety of yourself and fellow attendees:

  • Masks are required.
  • Maintain 6 feet between you and other groups. Seats will be marked to ensure a safe distance.
  • There will be limited seating to cap the audience at 100 attendees
  • Please stay home if you feel sick.Questions? Please contact info@artscouncilofprinceton.org.

Saturday, August 1