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Youth Drawing 101
Ages 11-13
Ongoing Wednesdays
Wednesdays, 4-5 p.m. (Sept.–June) 
Preregistration Required
Members $10/month; non-members $20/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.

Pre-registration 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: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or (860) 229-0257, ext. 227.


Mar. 5, 12, 19, and 26
Draw On! Conservation
Why do we draw? It is an inexpensive pursuit that appeals to all ages and abilities, it teaches creativity, to observe the world around us, and the options with drawing are endless! And did we mention? It’s also FUN! In conjunction with the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, this month students will participate in the award-winning annual community drawing program, Draw On!, which focuses on the thrifty nature of drawing as well as the idea of going green. Looking at the works on display of artist, writer, conservationist, and naturalist James Prosek, students will concentrate on his Audubon-esque portraits of wildlife. These works will inspire students to use their drawing skills within multiple mediums to make individual interpretations of wildlife come to life on paper.

Apr. 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30
Setting the Stage
Discover the art of theater and the theater of art! For five weeks students will explore the world of theater, and discover what goes into putting together a dramatic production! From collaborating on stage design to costume planning, they will learn about all of the aspects that make up a performance. Students will take part in every step, all the while being inspired by a piece of artwork from the Museum’s collection. A different project will be featured each week in addition to welcoming a variety of visiting artists and instructors. With the aid of museum experts, students will learn about marketing and create posters for a production. In the process of this creative collaboration, students will be learning the basics of graphic design. Towards the end of the month, students will experiment in the realm of acting and improvisation, and be able to act out the story behind the piece of art. Join us at the NBMAA as we bring a particular work of art to life!

May 7, 14, 21, and 28  
Creature Creations
The NBMAA invites students to immerse themselves within the world of our featured exhibit, James Prosek: Wondrous Strange. Celebrate the abnormal by studying Prosek’s invented species of flora and fauna, all constructed out of the artist’s imagination. Students will channel the world of fantasy to combine characteristics of different creatures and create their own hybrid animals. This month is all about using your imagination! Become a naturalist and visionary by expanding your imagination with this creative project. Name your creature and classify it scientifically just like James Prosek. 

June 4, 11, 18, and 25 
Plein Air Sculpture Drawing
What is en plein air? It is an expression meaning "in the open air," and is used to describe the act of creating art outdoors. The month of June focuses on outdoor observation. Students will study the sculptures that surround the NBMAA and abut beautiful Walnut Hill Park. Using field journals we will work from direct observation to create compositions concentrated on the elements of line, form, and space.  At the end of this course, students will understand the importance of line variety, and the proper application of the value scale to a pencil drawing. 

 


All classes are led by Celina Marquis