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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 .

Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28
Positively Impasto
Paint the moment! This January, take a closer look at NBMAA’s Impressionism gallery. Learn how to paint like Monet and some of the most prominent American Impressionist artists, as well as focus on how to express what they see through the versatile qualities of acrylic paint. Students will study the technique of impasto painting, or using paint applied thickly and straight out of the tube. This month is all about spontaneity of color and pure expression!

Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25
Illustrating Illusion
Is that a real object or just an image? Explore the art of trompe l’oeil! Inspired by the special exhibit, Otis Kaye: Money, Mystery and Mastery, students will learn the art of illusion and how to trick the eye into seeing a painting as a three dimensional solid form. This lesson focuses on creating a personal, miniature still life in pencil that shows high contrast and a wide range in value.

Mar. 4, 11, 18, 25
Monster Mayhem
This month is out of this world! Get immersed in the world of pop sci-fi, inspired by CT artist and animator, Karl Lund. Students will come up with scenarios revolving around strange combinations of both real and fantasy from squids attacking airplanes, to angry robots and psychedelic explosions. This class is all about unleashing your imagination through sci-fi and challenging yourself to think creatively.

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.