Drawing from the Collections | Inspired by Sculpture: Drawing a Figure


Drawing from the Collections | Inspired by Sculpture: Drawing a Figure

Wednesday, November 2, 2022 @ 8:00 pm

The Art Museum partners with the Arts Council of Princeton to provide free virtual drawing classes. Weekly classes are taught by artist-instructor Barbara DiLorenzo over Zoom. With an emphasis on drawing with pen or pencil on paper, each week’s lesson in this series will be inspired by a sculpture in the Museum’s collections. 

This live art-making class is inspired by a ceramic figure of a Maya warrior goddess who came to be known as Chak Chel (Great Rainbow). Armed with a shield, this fearsome goddess and patron of midwives appears as a warrior. Her snarling mouth and jaguar ears, which are attached to hair bound with ribbons, convey a sense of dread to her enemies. In this session, we will draw our own depictions of Chak Chel and explore the elements of drawing a figure. 

Watch the recorded class.

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.

Materials list for drawing classes can be found here

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. 

A light tan sculpture of a warrior, teeth bared, jaguar ears flared. Traces of cerulean pigment.
Maya, Chak Chel (Great Rainbow), 800–1000 CE. Princeton University Art Museum. Gift of J. Lionberger Davis, Class of 1900. Photo: Bruce M. White