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Drawing Salon

As a precautionary measure in light of COVID-19, the Gallery has canceled all Drawing Salon programs scheduled until further notice. We hope to welcome you to the Gallery soon and thank you for your support.

Drawing Workshops

Join us for sketching and conversation in the galleries. Led by local artists, this series of workshops integrates art history and studio art practices.

The workshops are designed for all skill levels; beginning through advanced-level participants are welcome. All drawing materials are provided.

How Registration Works

This program is free and open to the public, but you must register in advance due to limited space. Ages 18 and over.

Registration opens at noon on the dates listed below each workshop topic. On that day, a registration button will be added below the description of the workshop. If the button does not appear at noon, try refreshing your browser.

These workshops are repeated. Please register for one date per topic.

For more information, contact [email protected].


Upcoming Workshops

Claude Monet, The Seine at Giverny

Connecting through Color and Place

Taught by Jeff Hensley

Engage with color theory through an in-depth exploration of late 18th-century French landscapes.

Fridays, March 6, 20, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Saturdays, March 7, 21, 28, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Sundays, March 8, 22, 29, 1:00–3:00 p.m.


  James McNeill Whistler, Symphony in White, No. 1: The White Girl

American Portraiture: Exploring Tonal Composition

Taught by Maud Taber-Thomas

Discover how John Singer Sargent, James McNeill Whistler, and Thomas Eakins convey meaning and personality through tonal values.

Fridays, April 24 and May 1, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Saturdays, April 25, and May 2, 9, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Sundays, April 26, and May 3, 10, 1:00–3:00 p.m.

Register online beginning at noon on Tuesday, April 14, 2020.


Past Workshops

André Derain, Mountains at Collioure

Fauvism: Rethinking Color and Dimension

Taught by David Sturtevant

Discover the simplified forms and saturated colors of the “fauves” (wild beasts) of the early 20th century and consider their intuitive expression of color as subject.

Fridays, January 24 and February 7, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Saturdays, January 25 and February 8, 15, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Sundays, January 26 and February 9, 16, 1:00–3:00 p.m.


Alma Thomas, Pansies in Washington

Experimentation in the Washington Color School

Taught by Anne Smith

Learn about the Washington Color School artists’ revolutionary experiments in color and technique.

Fridays, November 8 and December 6, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Saturdays, November 9, 16 and December 7, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Sundays, November 10, 17 and December 8, 1:00–3:00 p.m.


Georgia O'Keeffe, Jack-in-Pulpit - No. 2

On the Edge of Abstraction

Taught by Eileen Lyons

Delve into Georgia O’Keeffe’s large-scale flower paintings and explore how natural form moves into abstraction using crisp edges, simple shapes, and dense color.

Fridays, October 11 and October 18, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Saturdays, October 12, 19 and November 2, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Sundays, October 13, 20 and November 3, 1:00–3:00 p.m.


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Images from past Drawing Salon workshops


Georgia O'Keeffe, Jack-in-Pulpit - No. 2, 1930, oil on canvas, Alfred Stieglitz Collection, Bequest of Georgia O'Keeffe, 1987.58.1; Alma Thomas, Pansies in Washington, 1969, acrylic on canvas, Corcoran Collection (Gift of Vincent Melzac), 2015.19.144; André Derain, Mountains at Collioure, 1905, oil on canvas, John Hay Whitney Collection, 1982.76.4; Claude Monet, The Seine at Giverny, 1897, oil on canvas, Chester Dale Collection, 1963.10.180; James McNeill Whistler, Symphony in White, No. 1: The White Girl, 1862, oil on canvas, Harris Whittemore Collection, 1943.6.2


Questions about this program should be directed to [email protected].

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