visitors at a drop-in-drawing session in the Jeffrey Gibson Like a Hammer Exhibition

Flex Your Creative Muscles & Have Fun at Drop-In Drawing

The 2nd Tuesday of Every Month

It's never too late to rediscover what you loved to do years ago or to learn something totally new.

– Student at a Drop-In Drawing class

Looking for a creative outlet? Join instructor Anna Kaye at the Denver Art Museum for Drop-In Drawing sessions 1—3 pm on the second Tuesday of each month. Anna asked students at a couple of her recent sessions why they come to her drop-in sessions and what advice they have for others looking to rekindle a creative spark. Read what they had to say below (and see some of their great work!), and then we hope we'll see you at the museum.

Why Attend Drop-In Drawing?

  • "Drawing is an extension of my being...I always feel more whole after an art session. I've been participating in Drop-In Drawing for more than three years."
  • "[It's] a wonderful opportunity to become inspired and learn new artistic techniques."
  • "It is the most relaxing but engaging time of the month."
  • "I love Drop-In Drawing and how it causes us to get out of the artists' ruts we may get into."
  • "It's really fun."
  • "It was great to sit and spend time with a single artwork."
  • "[To] be out and interact with other creative people. It's a place to flex my drawing muscles."
a woman holding a drawing of Shiva she drew in the Linking Asia exhibition

Katherine Wang taking inspiration from Shiva Nataraja in the exhibition Linking Asia: Art, Trade & Devotion. Photo by Anna Kaye.

man holding up a drawing at a drop-in class in the Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer exhibition

Ed Narvaez. Photo by Anna Kaye. Gallery view of Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer.

a woman holding up a drawing in the exhibition Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer

Jean Sidinger. Photo by Anna Kaye. Gallery view of Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer.

drawing of a poster with a red elephant on it in the Stampede exhibition

Drawing by Sashi Sarvananda, pastel on paper. Photo by Anna Kaye. Kiyoshi Kanai, Don't Buy Ivory, 1989. Offset lithograph; 40-1/2 x 28-3/4 in. Denver Art Museum: AIGA Design Archives: Gift of AIGA, 2007.6171. Image courtesy of AIGA Design Archives. On view in Stampede: Animals in Art.

photo of a drawing of a dog statute by a student at a drop-in drawing class in Stampede

Drawing by William Wise. Photo by Anna Kaye. Unknown Artist, Standing Dog, Comala style (State of Colima, Western Mexico, Mexico), about 300 B.C.–A.D. 300. Slip-painted ceramic; 10 1/2 x 8 x 16 inches. Denver Art Museum: Gift of Laurence DiRosario, 1970.292. On view in Stampede: Animals in Art.

2 women in the Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer exhibition

Sisters in Jeffrey Gibson: Like a Hammer. Photo by Anna Kaye.

a drop in drawing student holding a drawing in the Jim Howard exhibition

Drawing by Sharmini Sarvananda of a drawing by Jim Howard, in the exhibition Drawn to Glamour: Fashion Illustrations by Jim Howard. Photo by Anna Kaye.

a drawing by Janet Woelfle in the Jim Howard exhibition

Drawing by Janet Woelfle in the exhibition Drawn to Glamour: Fashion Illustrations by Jim Howard. Photo by Anna Kaye.

Tips for Boosting Creativity?

  • "Don't be afraid—mistakes are not real—they are learning experiences."
  • "Buy supplies at a second-hand store and use lots of scrap paper—then don't feel intimidated to experiment."
  • "Try a group like Drop-In Drawing! You will gain practice, meet like-minded people, and explore new materials and techniques."
  • "They say it is good for our brains to do something we are not already good at. The fun outweighs the fears of not being good enough or looking foolish."
  • "Maintain your sense of wonder."
  • "Be fearless and have fun. [Create] what you want to see without thinking what others might want."

Details

  • Drop-In Drawing is included with general admission, which is free for members.
  • No experience necessary.
  • Drawing materials provided, but you are welcome to 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.
  • For additional information, email dschulz@denverartmuseum.org or call 720-913-0000.

Carleen Brice is content manager in the marketing department at the Denver Art Museum. Carleen has been at the DAM since 2013. Every day at the museum she is reminded of this quote by Maya Angelou: "You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have."