Winter Course on Drawing Techniques Begins January 3 at the Clark

For Immediate Release

December 18, 2006

Since the earliest times, human beings have created drawings in order to communicate, keep records, and express themselves. Artists have utilized drawings as both independent works and as studies for finished works of art. At the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, a series of four illustrated lectures will look at the history and techniques of drawing from the caves of Lascaux to the 20th century. The Language of Drawing series with curator of education Michael Cassin begins on Wednesday, January 3 and continues through April on the first Wednesday of each month at 5:30 pm. Cost is $6 ($4 per member) or $22 for the series ($15 per member). Reservations are not required but can be made by calling 413-458-0563.

The course begins on January 3 with “Not Just a Line on a Page: What is Drawing?” when Cassin will examine the basic questions of what constitutes a drawing: why do artists make drawings, what purposes do they serve, and why do viewers continue to find them interesting? Including examples from the Clark’s expansive collection of drawings, Cassin will examine the motivation and rationale for creating drawings, and the appeal of collecting them.

The series continues with “Pencils and Pens, Washes and Watercolors: Drawing Techniques” on February 7; “Drawing from Life: The Academic Tradition” on March 7; and concludes with “Drawings ‘Room’: The Camera Obscura and Other Equipment” on April 4.

The Clark’s spring exhibition, Claude Lorrain—The Painter as Draftsman: Drawings from the British Museum, focuses on the extraordinarily beautiful drawings and etchings of the great 17th-century French landscape artist. Claude, who invented the “modern” landscape, changed how people viewed the natural world and influenced landscape artists for generations to follow. Drawn from the incomparable collection of the British Museum, the exhibition reveals Claude’s working process from preparatory sketches through final oil paintings. Claude Lorrain will be on view February 4 through April 29.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, MA. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission is free November through May. Admission June 1 through October 31 is $12.50 for adults, free for children 18 and under, members, and students with valid ID. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit


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