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Drawing in Museums: The National Gallery, Freer Gallery, and American Art Museum

6-Session Weekend Course

Saturday, January 26 to March 9, 2019 – 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (no class Feb. 16)
Code: 1K00EB
Drawing by student Claire Fuller

Please Note: The January 26 session of this class will meet at The Phillips Collection located at 1600 21st St NW, Washington, DC.

  • Enter the museum through the Goh Annex entrance on 21st St and gather in the lobby area near the coat room.
  • If you plan to use Metro, the closest Metro station is Dupont Circle (red line).
  • If you plan to drive, there is limited street parking.
  • Other travel information

Residents of the greater Washington, D.C., area have an abundance of riches in the many museums close by. Spend Saturday afternoons developing your rendering and composition skills by drawing from both paintings and sculptures at the National Gallery of Art, Freer Gallery of Art, and Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Guided by instructor Paul Glenshaw, students begin by learning the art of copying, which focuses on the way an artist created a particular work, not simply making a facsimile. They then delve into drawing classical sculptures, which make ideal models for drawing exercises and aid in honing figure-drawing skills.

An introduction to drawing in public, this class is designed for the strong beginner, intermediate, or advanced student who has taken a previous drawing class or has equivalent drawing experience.

The first session meets at the central rotunda of the National Gallery’s West Wing.

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World Art History Certificate elective: Earn 1/2 credit

6 sessions; 2.5 hours each (no class Feb. 16)

National Gallery of Art
4th St & Constitution Ave NW
Metro: Archives/Navy Memorial