Drawing Class

Composition at the Norton Simon Museum: Changing Compositional Strategies in the 19th Century

Composition at the Norton Simon Museum: Changing Compositional Strategies in the 19th Century

Date: Friday, March 28, 2014
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Speaker: Will Weston
Type: Drawing Class

Study composition with artist Will Weston. Artists use underlying compositional devices to organize elements in a painting and make them easier to read. Most of these devices go unnoticed by viewers until they are pointed out, explained and practiced. Using the Museum’s collections, this workshop teaches students to see and understand picture composition, and its role in providing mood, atmosphere and narrative in paintings.

The final session presents a look at the influence of Japanese prints, the camera and changing social structures on 19th-century art. Students complete the course by drawing sketches from the Museum’s collections using what they have learned.


Meets in Entrance Gallery | All levels of experience are welcome. Each class is $20 ($16 for members), and space is limited to 20 participants. All materials and admission to the galleries on the day of class are included. | Online registration is required. For further information, contact the Education Department at (626) 844-6980.