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

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.