The Mitchell Gallery at St. John’s College presents “The Essential Line: Drawings from the Dahesh Museum of Art,” an exhibition that explores the tradition of drawing as a foundation for the visual arts. The exhibition, which is free and open to the public, will be on view from August 26 through October 16. Mitchell Gallery Art Educator Lucinda Edinberg will lead a tour of the exhibition followed by a hands-on workshop at the opening reception on August 28 from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Although drawing was established as an important training practice in Italy, it was the influence of Paris’ “École des Beaux-Arts,” the most important art school in the Western world, that instilled in artists the benefits of observation and constant drawing as the foundation for art making. This collection of 40 drawings from the Dahesh Museum of Art explores this tradition through the works of Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Rosa Bonheur, Léon-Joseph-Florentin Bonnat, Gustave Doré, Théodule-Augustin Ribot, Léopold Robert, and other artists.
Exhibition-related events and programs:
- August 28 Opening Reception. Art Educator Lucinda Edinberg will lead a tour of the exhibition followed by a hands-on workshop from 3:30 to 5 p.m. All are welcome, no registration necessary.
- September 14 Art Express Lunchtime Tour. Art Educator Lucinda Edinberg will give a lunchtime gallery talk on the exhibition from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m.
- September 21 Lecture. Curator David Farmer, founding director of the Dahesh Museum of Art, will lecture on “No Day Without a Line Drawn” at 5:30 p.m. in the Conversation Room, across from the Gallery.
- September 29 Thursday Try-It. Artist Karen Warshal will lead a drawing workshop “How Did They Do It? A Peek at Figure Drawing” from 3 to 4:30 p.m. No experience necessary. Basic materials will be provided. Registration is required: 410-626-2556
- October 13 Book Club. Join members of the Mitchell Gallery Book Club for a docent tour of the exhibition followed by a discussion from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Registration is required: 410-626-2556
- October 16 Sunday Afternoon Lecture. Art Educator Lucinda Edinberg will lead a tour of the exhibition at 3 p.m.