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The History of Art: Drawings From Da Vinci to Degas

Drawing is a powerful process that merges observation, imagination, and expression. Historically, painters and sculptors have used drawing as a crucial part of their artistic practice. Looking closely at sketches, studies, preparatory works, and finished drawings offers tantalizing chances to discover how artists create. The more we know about the concepts, techniques and materials of drawing, the more we can see beneath the surface of a painting or a sculpture to recognize the artist's intentions. This knowledge will help you expand your art appreciation skills and experience your next visit to the museum in a new way. We will examine the fundamental components of drawing (line, shape, form, value, color, perspective, and composition) as exemplified by works by artists such as Leonardo da Vinci , Michelangelo, Raphael, Rembrandt van Rijn, Dürer, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Vincent Van Gogh, Mary Cassat, George Seurat, Edgar Degas, Alice Neel, Frida Kahlo, and Yayoi Kusama. This course includes museum visits to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Morgan Library and Museum.  Summer 2024 tuition is $479.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • An understanding of the fundamental components of drawing
  • Knowledge about the artistic practices of famous artists
  • A guided visit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Ideal for

  • Art enthusiasts
  • Aspiring and Practicing Arts Professionals

1 section

  • Summer 2024

    • Section

    • Semester

      Summer 2024
    • Date

      May 30 - Jun 27
    • Day

    • Time

      • In-Person
    • Format

      • In-Person
    • Sessions

    • Faculty

      Thompson, Meera
    • Location

      Midtown Center