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Drawing Salon

Drawing Salon

Download the 2017-2018 schedule here (PDF 87KB).

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 and advanced participants are welcome. All drawing materials are provided. Ages 18 and over.


How Registration Works

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

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

Rodin’s Sculptures
Examine how Auguste Rodin formed his evocative stone and clay figures. 

Fridays, March 2 and April 6, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Saturdays, March 3, 17 and April 7, from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Sundays, March 4, 18 and April 8, from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.

This event is now full. Click below to register for the waitlist.


Matisse’s Cut-Outs
Experience the dynamic shapes and colors of Henri Matisse’s paper cut-outs. Register online beginning at noon on Tuesday, April 10, 2018.

Fridays, April 20 and May 11, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Saturdays, April 21 and May 5, 12, from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Sundays, April 22 and May 6, 13, from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.

Past Workshops

Picasso’s Palette
Consider Pablo Picasso’s expressive use of color in paintings from his blue and rose periods. 

Cézanne’s Landscapes
Analyze Paul Cézanne’s innovative approach to constructing space in his paintings.

American Impressionism
Explore the subjects and aesthetic choices of American artists painting during the Gilded Age.

The 2017–2018 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].

2016-2017 Workshops

Calder’s Mobiles
Experience the dynamic shapes and movement of Alexander Calder’s mobiles.

American Modernism
Explore how 20th-century American artists working in New York City experimented with abstraction.

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

Dutch Seascapes
Dive into the sublime maritime scenes painted by seventeenth century Dutch masters.

The Shaw Memorial
Meditate on Augustus Saint-Gaudens’s memorial to honor Civil War heroes Colonel Robert Gould Shaw and the men of the 54th Massachusetts regiment.


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