The DRAWING Room – Clyfford Still Museum



The DRAWING Room at the Clyfford Still Museum. Photo by Justin Wambold


Oct 14, 2016 – Jan 15, 2017
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In celebration of the depth and breadth of media and approaches represented in Clyfford Still: The Works on Paper, the Museum is pleased to announce a special hands-on gallery, the DRAWING Room, featured centrally within the exhibition. Drop in to experiment with various drawing activities and media, watch artist demonstrations, and contribute to a community-created art installation. CSM gallery teachers will lead special activities in the DRAWING Room Thursdays through Sundays. Artists will lead demonstrations on select dates through January 8, 2017.

The DRAWING Room is open during all regular Museum hours, and staffed Thursdays through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and on Fridays with additional hours until 7 p.m. 

Activity themes change every two weeks.  Visit multiple times to try new activities and exercises!

Foundations of Drawing
Friday, October 14–Sunday, October 30, 2016
What are the foundations of creative activity? Sharpen your observation skills and learn about the basics of drawing. Work with perspective, contours, thumbnail sketching, shadow, and more.

The Power of Line
Tuesday, November 1–Sunday, November 13, 2016
Line is one of the most fundamental art elements employed by artists.  Experiment with charcoal, pen, pastel, watercolor, conte and other media to explore the power of line and how material choice can affect expression.

Drawing from Still Life, the Figure, and More
Tuesday, November 15–Wednesday, November 23, 2016  
Artists sharpen their observation skills by learning to draw from life. Draw from recreations of the still-life compositions Still used, or create your own from our prop box. Sketch from figure models or strike a pose for your companion. Figure models will be present every Thursday during the run of the exhibition, from 12-3 p.m.

Technical Drawing Extravaganza
Friday, November 25–Sunday, December 11, 2016
What is the relationship between technical drawing and art? The Museum’s collection contains examples of diagrams, anatomical drawings, architectural renderings, and more. Using technical drawings as inspiration, experiment with special materials and methods to come up with your own unique creations.

Artist Journals and Books
Tuesday, December 13–Saturday, December 24, 2016
Why do artists keep sketchbooks, and do sketchbooks have to include sketches? Make your own journals using simple book-making techniques, and explore a variety of artist sketchbooks and source materials. Get inspired with collage, creative prompts, and more.

Towards Conceptual: Drawing of All Kinds
Tuesday, December 27–Sunday, January 8, 2017
In contemporary art, “drawing” can mean many types of activity. Artists “draw” with wire and tape, and use unconventional media to create drawings in space. Expand your idea of what drawing can be as we abstract basic drawings, experiment with nontraditional materials, and take inspiration from the work of contemporary artists.

Free with admission | No registration required
Museum admission is free on Friday evenings, 5–8 p.m.

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