Art Making | Drawing from the Collections: Shading with Pastel


Art Making | Drawing from the Collections: Shading with Pastel

Thursday, November 4, 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 Georgia O’Keeffe’s Narcissa’s Last Orchid. O’Keeffe worked in pastel consistently throughout her long career. She used her fingertips to massage pastels into the support, enabling her to exploit a matte surface to painterly effect, as in Narcissa’s Last Orchid. Here she deposits a rim of white pigment dust along the edges of the petals, endowing them with a tactile quality and creating the illusion of three-dimensionality in places where the petals appear to fold back on themselves, casting shadows. The flower itself seems to merge with the landscape behind it, and strokes of pink and blue fleck its white fringe. In this class, we will experiment with different techniques in blending colors to create three-dimensional-looking forms.  

Materials List

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.

Georgia O'Keeffe (1887–1986; born Sun Prairie, WI; died Santa Fe, NM; active New York and New Mexico), Narcissa's Last Orchid, 1940. Gift of David H. McAlpin, Class of 1920. © Georgia O'Keeffe Museum / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York