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Youth Drawing 101
Ages 11-13
Ongoing Wednesdays, 4-5 p.m.
Preregistration Required
Members $12/month; non-Members $22/month

Youth Drawing 101 is for young artists looking to hone their drawing skills while learning about the history and practice of art. Each month will focus on a different topic ranging from Pop Art to architectural space to portraiture to abstraction. Classes will often take place in the galleries with students working directly from the NBMAA’s collection to strengthen critical thinking and observational skills. All skill levels are welcome.

Preregistration is required for each monthly session and class size is limited. New sessions begin on the first Wednesday of each month. We do offer scholarships for New Britain students, so please feel free to ask if you qualify.

For any questions or concerns, please contact Celina Marquis, Education Program Assistant, at (860) 229-0257, ext. 227 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Apr. 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29
A Fresh Perspective
This month students will be bringing it back old-school style with perspective drawing, an illustration technique that was formally demonstrated in the Renaissance. With a focus on one-point perspective, students will learn to create the illusion of three-dimensional environments on two-dimensional surfaces. With a surprising accuracy, they will build a basic hallway with angles that incorporate unique details.

May 6, 13, 20, and 27
The Urban Landscape
Get caught up in the hustle and bustle, lights, sounds, and soaring skylines of the urban landscape! Working off of April’s lesson on basic perspective, May’s class will delve deeper and focus on creating a cityscape with the basic guidelines behind one-point and two-point perspective drawing. Based on Georgia O’Keefe’s painting, East River from the 30th Story of the Shelton Hotel, students will learn how to create a city of their own and incorporate everyday objects into their landscape.

June 3, 10, 17, and 24
Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder
When was the last time you really looked someone in the eyes? Taking inspiration from the surrealist movement, students this month will study the work of Belgian artist René Magritte, and current NEW/NOW artist Katja Loher. In studying the past and present, they will learn about these two artists who are well known for their witty and thought-provoking images. Students will also be challenged to think unconventionally, conceptualize their drawing, and take the time to ask themselves what their drawing means.

Youth Drawing 101 is taught by Celina Marquis, Education Program Assistant at the New Britain Museum of American Art. Celina graduated from CCSU in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in painting. She is also currently a Studio Art Teacher at Northwest Catholic High School in West Hartford, Connecticut, teaching Crafts, Photography, and Basic Introduction to Art. Outside of teaching, she is a practicing artist working in the mediums of watercolor as well as pastel drawing.


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