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How to Draw in Museums, Part II

Drawing at the Art Institute. Photo by Erik L. Peterson.

Make the most of your museum trip through the act of drawing the art on view. Join the Smart Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago for a special two-part workshop on drawing in museums.


Thursday, March 1, 5:30–7:30 pm
Smart Museum of Art
The University of Chicago
5550 S. Greenwood Avenue

Learn how to build a “drawing kit” and other secret techniques for drawing in museums from local artists. Then try your own hand at various drawing techniques while looking at works by Albert Besnard, Eugène Delacroix, James Tissot, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Willem De Kooning, and Franz Klein, among others.


Thursday, March 8, 5:30–7:30 pm
Art Institute of Chicago
111 S. Michigan Avenue
Meet at the entrance to Shockingly Mad, in Galleries 124–27

In the second part of this two-part program, delve deeper into drawing in museums through hands-on sessions within the Art Institute of Chicago’s exhibitions Shockingly Mad: Henry Fuseli and the Art of Drawing and Gods and (Super)Heroes: Drawing in an Age of Revolution. Learn techniques like contor line drawing, shading, and cross hatching while investigating works by Henry Fuseli, Francisco de Goya, and Georgia North, among others.

FREE, all materials provided. Open to all skill levels. Please RSVP and let us know if you plan to come to one or both sessions. 

Presented by the Smart Museum of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago.