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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 .

Sept. 3, 10, 17, and 24
Create a World: Science Fiction Pulp Art
This month’s lesson is out of this world! Students will transform and reimagine their favorite place and create a futuristic world of fantasy, science, and invention. Tapping into the worlds of heroes and villains, the strange, the unexpected, and the elements of adventure, the final product will be an original cover design for a comic book. Using the Science Fiction Pulp Art collection in the Illustration Gallery as inspiration, students will incorporate perspective drawing and the use of graphic word art to create an original final compilation of real versus imagined.

Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29
Learning from the Landscape
As the weather turns colder, students will have a chance to study the beauty of New England and the changing of the seasons and learn how to use the outdoors as a muse in drawing landscapes. Inspired by the work of Nelson Augustus Moore, a respected member of the Hudson River School and artist whose work portrayed the beauty of the American countryside, students this month will bring in their own favorite landscape photograph and learn how to use that photo to create a beautiful landscape drawing. Students will learn about atmospheric perspective, how light can affect a scene, and how to create the illusion of space.

Nov. 5, 12, 19, and 26
Seeing Like an Artist: Negative Space
Negative space is the concept of space surrounding an object, and perceiving the shape of a shape. This month, students will study the work of NEW/NOW artist Titus Kaphar, and how he incorporates the idea of negative and positive space into his work. Students will learn how to draw the contour of an everyday object and in the process, come to see an object in an unusual way, and learn to draw what's actually there, rather than what they think ought to be there. This exercise will be all about how to improve concentration and how to breakdown preconceived notions of the objects being drawn.

Dec. 3, 10, and 17
During the crazy holiday season, it can be hard to take a moment to breathe. With that, this month is all about design, creating pattern, and meditation through drawing! Students will learn the art of the zentangle; an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing patterns from simple to the complex. The best part is that anyone can do it! Coinciding with the magnificent quilt exhibit, Let Me Quilt One More Day, students will take inspiration from the variety of historical and contemporary quilts and create their own one of a kind zentangle quilt. Using pen and ink and watercolor washes, students will come away knowing about balance and symmetry, color relationships, continuous line pattern, and finally, what makes a composition successful.

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.