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Drawing Salon

Drawing Salon

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Drawing Workshops
Fridays, 10:30–1:00
Saturdays and Sundays, 1:00–3:30
Specific dates as noted

Join us for sketching and conversation in the galleries. Led by practicing artists and museum educators, this series of workshops integrates art history and studio art practices. The workshops are designed for all skill levels; beginning and advanced participants are welcome.

This program is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required due to limited space. Registration opens on the Tuesday prior to the start of a new topic. All drawing materials are provided. Ages 18 and over. For more information, contact us via email.

Upcoming Workshops

Jack-in-Pulpit Abstraction - No. 5

Georgia O'Keeffe, Jack-in-Pulpit Abstraction - No. 5, 1930, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Alfred Stieglitz Collection, Bequest of Georgia O'Keeffe, 1987.58.4

American Modernism
November 11, 12, 13, 19, 20
December 3, 10, 11

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Explore how twentieth-century American artists working in New York City experimented with abstraction. 

The Maas at Dordrecht

Aelbert Cuyp, The Maas at Dordrecht, c. 1650, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art,  Andrew W. Mellon Collection, 1940.2.1

Dutch Seascapes
January 13, 14, 15, 28
February 4, 5, 11, 12

Dive into the sublime maritime scenes painted by seventeenth century Dutch masters. Register online beginning at noon on Tuesday, January 10, 2017.

Shaw Memorial

Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Shaw Memorial, 1900, patinated plaster, U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, Cornish, New Hampshire, X.15233

The Shaw Memorial
February 17, 18, 19, 25
March 11, 12, 25, 26

Meditate on Augustus Saint-Gaudens’s memorial to honor Civil War heroes Colonel Robert Gould Shaw and the men of the 54th Massachusetts regiment. Register online beginning at noon on Tuesday, February 14, 2017.

Cascading Flowers

Alexander Calder, Cascading Flowers, 1949, National Gallery of Art, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Klaus G. Perls, 1996.120.5

Calder’s Mobiles
March 31
April 1, 2, 22, 23, 29
May 6, 7

Experience the dynamic shapes and movement of Alexander Calder’s mobiles. Register online beginning at noon on Tuesday, March 28, 2017.


Previous Workshops

Autumn - On the Hudson River

Jasper Francis Cropsey, Autumn - On the Hudson River, 1860, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Gift of the Avalon Foundation, 1963.9.1

Hudson River Landscapes
Discover the romantic landscapes and dramatic vision of a group of nineteenth-century American artists. 




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