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Drawing Salon

Drawing Salon, National Gallery of Art

Download the 2018–2019 schedule here (PDF 78KB)

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]

Past Workshops

The Portraits of Sir Anthony van Dyck
Taught by Maud Taber-Thomas
Step inside the world of 17th-century aristocratic portraiture to discover the personalities behind the paintings.

Illuminating American Landscapes
Taught by Jeff Hensley
Examine 19th-century landscape paintings and explore how American artists imbued landscape images with light.

El Greco’s Expressive Figures
Taught by David Sturtevant
Investigate the vivid style of the Greek master’s exaggerated and emotional figures.

Rachel Whiteread and Sculpting Memory
Taught by Anne Smith
Consider how memory shapes the work of artist Rachel Whiteread, the subject of a special exhibition on view through January 2019.

Jim Dine’s Assemblage
Taught by Eileen Lyons
Explore Jim Dine’s The Gate, Goodbye Vermont (1985) and the ideas that shape contemporary art making.

The 2018–2019 Drawing Salon season is kindly supported by Melvin Henderson-Rubio.

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Images from past Drawing Salon workshops


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


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