Art Making | Drawing Still Life

Title

Art Making | Drawing Still Life

Juan Gris, Spanish, 1887–1927. Tumbler, Knife, and Plate of Fruit, 1918. Graphite. Princeton University Art Museum. Bequest of Clinton Wilder, Class of 1943
Date
Thursday, May 28, 2020
Time
8:00 PM EDT

The Art Museum is partnering with the Arts Council of Princeton to provide free online art-making experiences. Weekly classes are taught by artist-instructor Barbara DiLorenzo over Zoom, so participants can join live from their home computers; techniques emphasize drawing with pen or pencil on paper. Each week’s lesson features works from the Museum’s collections and relates to the Museum’s weekly online curatorial lecture.

This week’s lesson, inspired by the 5:30 lecture by Veronica White, “An Art Historical Tasting: Food and Drink in Italian Renaissance and Baroque Art”, will focus on the techniques of drawing a still life composition.

Free registration at https://princeton.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Ta1dt9WuRgyu6vWe6vk4Zw (when prompted, click to sign in as “attendee”)

Live closed captioning is available for this webinar. To turn on this feature, click on the “CC” icon in the Zoom toolbar.

Materials List for Drawing Classes

These materials are suggested by the instructor, but not required. Any pencil, eraser, and paper will work well.

Paper: For the demonstrations, I use Discount School Supply White Sulphite Paper (12" x 18", 50 lb.). My personal sketchbooks include Moleskine, Strathmore, and a variety of others that have different textures and thicknesses. Everyone has their own preference, so I recommend trying out different papers to see what you like!

Factis Mechanical Eraser: This eraser is helpful for pulling graphite and bringing highlights back into your drawing. It can also be used similar to a pencil, making long strokes of white (erasing the graphite) that add texture to a drawing. 

Tombow MONO Zero Erasers: Round & Rectangular: I use the small, round eraser for the tiniest erasing details. It saves time to have such a small eraser on hand, and creates beautiful moments of light.

Faber-Castell Drawing Pencils: Although you can purchase a set of pencils in varying grades, for the drawing demo I'll be using 6B so that people can see the dark marks better. I am not a fan of anything in the H grade, as the graphite is too hard and light for me to sketch comfortably. I love a 4B or 6B pencil, but that is entirely personal preference. 

General's Pure Woodless Graphite: These pure graphite pencils are a lot of fun to draw with. I usually add them to a pencil lengthener so that I can hold them like a paintbrush. Big, loose marks can be even more fun to draw with—so if you have the ability, give this a try!

Koh-I-Noor Pencil Lengthener (I add the woodless graphite to this): This pencil lengthener was first introduced to me in art school. My drawing teacher would use compressed charcoal in the extender, and hold it like a paintbrush. It allows an artist to draw with a loose hand, moving the entire arm to create curves and gestures. Without it, sometimes a small nub can be harder to hold onto or can limit the range of motion. 

LATE THURSDAYS!  This event is part of the Museum’s Late Thursdays programming, made possible in part by Heather and Paul G. Haaga Jr., Class of 1970.