Art Making | Drawing from the Collections: Drawing a Landscape with Pastel


Art Making | Drawing from the Collections: Drawing a Landscape with Pastel

Thursday, November 11, 2021 @ 8:00 pm

The Art Museum is partnering with the Arts Council of Princeton to provide free online pastel drawing classes. Weekly classes are taught by artist-instructor Barbara DiLorenzo over Zoom. With an emphasis on using soft pastels to blend and create rich colors, each week’s lesson will be inspired by works in the Museum’s collections.

This live art-making class is inspired by Robert S. Duncanson’s Untitled (Landscape). Duncanson was the first African American to achieve wide renown as an artist and to travel through Europe for artistic study. Close inspection of this painting reveals that the three diminutive figures at water’s edge have been rendered with discrete white, brown, and black skin tones. Though likely not intended to be widely recognized by viewers, the distinct coloration of the figures was nonetheless intentional. Their harmonious existence in an idealized landscape may represent the artist’s private, wishful rendition of the world as he hoped it might be.  

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Free registration via Zoom here. (when prompted, click to sign in as “attendee”)

This event will include live closed captions in both English and Spanish. English captions are available directly in the Zoom toolbar by clicking the "CC" icon. To access Spanish-language captioning, open Streamtext, where you can select “Spanish” to see the live captioning.

Para acceder a los subtítulos en varios idiomas, ingrese al seminario web de Zoom durante un evento en vivo, luego abra un navegador web separado para visitar esta página donde puede seleccionar "español" o el idioma de su elección.

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. Additional support for this program has been provided by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Curtis W. McGraw Foundation.

Robert S. Duncanson (American, 1821–1872), Untitled (Landscape), late 1850s. Princeton University Art Museum. Museum purchase, Kathleen Compton Sherrerd Fund for Acquisitions in American Art and Mary Trumbull Adams Art Fund