In Studio: All About Nature

The In Studio drop-in program presents a demonstration by artist Jamie Sweetman. She explores drawing concepts on form, structure and composition using a variety of mark-making techniques, as in parallel lines, cross-hatching and contour lines. Following the demonstration, visitors are welcome to draw directly from nature in the Sculpture Garden as well as from works in the collections. Join each week to see a different demonstration, and come away with drawings of your own.

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Gnarly: Tree Forms
Thursday, July 27, 2:00–4:00 p.m.
Drawing directly from nature in the Sculpture Garden, learn how to represent the form and structure of trees. Sweetman uses a variety of drawing concepts, such as observation and the simplification of complex forms, in order to portray tree branches, trunks and leaves.

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Thursday, August 3, 2:00–4:00 p.m.
Examining the Museum’s emblematic Dutch still lifes, Sweetman discusses structural composition. Drawing from a bouquet of artificial flowers, Sweetman demonstrates how to break down blossoms into simple shapes.
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Sumptuous: Fruits and Vegetables
Thursday, August 10, 2:00–4:00 p.m.
Viewing iconic paintings such as Francisco de Zurbarán’s Still Life with Lemons, Oranges and a Rose and Frans Snyders’s Still Life with Fruit and Vegetables, gain an understanding of how to construct a drawing. Breaking down complex organic forms into simple shapes, Sweetman deconstructs the intricate natural forms of fruits and vegetables.