Draw from the Collection


Time: Every 3rd Saturday, 1:00-3:30 (Beginning March 2024)Location: Collection Galleries and Studio AAges: 16 and upCost: $25 members, $30 non-membersSupplies: ProvidedMax Capacity: 12
March: Line and Value: Charcoal DrawingFeatured Gallery / Exhibition: Techno-Cubism by James Pate: The Art of Line PaintingLearn the fundamentals of drawing with line, shape, and value through the medium of charcoal. Come prepared to get messy! Explore and experiment with the art of line making as featured in Focus Exhibition Techno-Cubism by James Pate: The Art of Line Painting.
April: LandscapesFeatured Gallery / Exhibition / Location: Gallery 212, Late 19th Century French Art AND / OR Museum front lawnoutside (weather permitting)
Explore the outdoors from the inside out! Learn fundamental composition techniques that artists have used for centuries to create dynamic landscape depictions. Examine the Impressionists’ drawing style that beautifully captures nature in motion.
May: Flowers, Plants, and TreesFeatured Gallery / Exhibition: Gallery 206, Early 20th Century American Art AND/OR Hale Cloister (weather permitting)Branch out your drawing skills and learn how to capture the intricate compositions of plant structures such as trees, flowers, leaves, grass, and more! A variety of mediums will be explored including graphite, colored pencil, and ink. Come prepared to get messy! All levels of drawing skills are welcome.
June: Architecture and PerspectiveFeatured Gallery / Exhibition: Gallery 213, 18th Century European Art OR Focus Exhibition: The Quiet World of Edward HopperOpen doors to new realms of possibilities with perspective line drawing techniques. One-point, two-point, and three-point perspective drawing applications will be explored in this study of architecture and architectural elements. Working rulers, string, and architectural drawing tools is strongly encouraged and experimentation with techniques is always welcome.
July: Figure DrawingFeatured Gallery / Exhibition: Gallery 204 and Gallery 206Learn the basics of figure drawing techniques while working from a clothed live model and examples of human anatomy and anatomical structures from museum collection paintings and sculptures. A variety of mediums and medium techniques will be explored, including charcoal, chalk pastel, marker, and graphite. Come prepared to get messy!
August: Animals and AbstractionFeatured Gallery / Exhibition: Gallery 112 and 113In this class, we will horse around with a variety of animal species and artistic drawing styles! From farm animals to fantastic mythological beasts, you will learn how to capture the essence of all creatures great and small, using a variety of stylistic choices covering the span of art history. Covering Cubism, Pop Art, Minimalism, and much more this is your opportunity to let your imagination run wild and find your own sketching style! Come prepared to get messy!
September: Abstract Expressionism and Colorful Non-Objective Musical Mark-MakingFeatured Gallery / Exhibition: Gallery 202Put your feelings into focus with this unique approach to mark-making! In this class, you will be encouraged to think less about depicting an object and more about letting lines, shapes, colors, and emotions coalesce into a stream of consciousness and a sublime state of being. Using music as a guide along with a variety of mark-making tools and drawing mediums, you will make an experimental series of drawings and colorful effects that can be viewed as either a finished artwork or as a drawing prompt for future artistic adventures. Explore and experiment with topics such as Op Art, Abstract Expressionism, and more! Come prepared to get messy!
October: Food and Still Life DrawingFeatured Gallery / Exhibition: Gallery 216Feast your eyes on drawing the subject of food and still life! Using observation from a variety of still-life objects both in the studio and in the museum’s collection, learn how to mix and layer colors with colored pencils while experimenting with dramatic lighting effects. Explore a variety of compositional approaches to the subject matter while learning how to increase the contrasts and value depths of your drawing. All drawing experience levels are welcome!
November: Portrait DrawingFeatured Gallery / Exhibition: Gallery 217Learn how to draw anatomically accurate portraits using the centuries-old mathematical processes used by Leonardo Da Vinci! In this class, you will be taught how to draw eyes, noses, mouths, ears, and a variety of head poses using charcoal and graphite. Come prepared to get messy! All drawing experience levels are welcome!
December: Cartooning and Expressive CaricaturesFeatured Gallery / Exhibition: Focus Exhibition Making Faces: 18 Essential Kabuki Plays OR Special Exhibition (B)ART! America’s Funniest Animated FamilyTake portrait drawing to new levels with a fun and comical approach to composition! Learn how to create abstracted and expressive, cartoonish caricatures using the museum collection artworks, yourself, or your friends as your source of inspiration! With emphasis on experimentation, you will learn several portrait techniques, including blind contour drawing, geometric abstraction, and much more! It is guaranteed to be a Surreal and silly experience that will leave you laughing and looking at the world in new and humorous ways.

  • Location: 456 Belmonte Park N., Dayton Art Institute
  • Phone: (937) 223-4278
  • Time: 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
  • Price: $30.00
Draw from the Collection
  • May 18, 2024 to December 22, 2024
  • Dayton Art Institute
  • $30.00