Drop-In Drawing Sessions
(Re)kindle your creative passions in these informal sketching sessions on the second Tuesday of every month. Take inspiration from the galleries with the help of a DAM art instructor and tackle a new drawing topic every month.
July 14: Elements of Nature (Hamilton Building – level 2) – To honor the opening of In Bloom, we will explore elements of nature through Francisco Alvarado-Juarez’s Aqua-Terra/Terra-Aqua installation in the Precourt Discovery Hall. The installation will include thousands of hand-painted recycled grocery bags, camouflaged insects, and ambient sounds of nature. This multifaceted, vibrant installation reflects the artist’s concerns with ecological and environmental issues. Participants will create a drawing inspired by Aqua-Terra/Terra-Aqua and will be invited to create paper images to contribute to the installation.
August 11: Contemporary Drawing (Hamilton Building – level 3) – Explore the exhibition Collectibles: Works on Paper, featuring a selection of drawings from the DAM’s collection. The exhibit includes a variety of drawing techniques, styles, and imagery involving some of the most celebrated contemporary artists of our time. Participants will strengthen their drawing skills and create their own concepts through an in depth exploration of the collection.
September 8: Cross-hatch and Cross-contour (Hamilton Building – level 1) – Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione was a 17th century draftsman, painter, and printmaker. Castiglione was renowned for his incredible technical skill, development of light and shade, and for his ability to paint rural scenes with animals. Participants will have the opportunity to create drawings of his masterworks while exploring his drawing techniques, such as crosshatch and cross-contour, in Castiglione: Lost Genius.
October 13: Inventive Pattern (Hamilton Building – level 4) – We will be exploring contemporary ceramicist, fashion designer and graphic artist Virgil Ortiz’s Revolt 1680/2180 exhibition. We will take inspiration from Ortiz’s figurative ceramic forms and “decorate” them with our own symbolic, inventive patterns.
Meet in the El Pomar Grand Atrium in the Hamilton Building, Level 1. All experience levels welcome.
Bring your own supplies or use one of our communal sketch pads. If you bring your own supplies, please note that only sketchpads/notebooks 14 x 17 inches or smaller, graphite pencils, and kneaded erasers are permitted in the galleries. We will also provide these supplies if you do not have your own.
Adult programs are supported by William Randolph Hearst Endowment for Education Programs, Nancy Benson Education Endowment Fund, CenturyLink Endowment, James Kelley and Amie Knox Education Endowment Fund, and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).