Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Clark sets lecture series on history of drawing

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is offering a series of four illustrated lectures that 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 Jan. 3 and continues through April on the first Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. 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 Wednesday with "Not Just a Line on a Page: What is Drawing?" when Cassin will examine the basic questions of what constitutes a drawing. Including examples from the Clark's collection he 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 Feb. 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 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 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 Feb. 4 through April 29.

The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 to 5. Admission is free November through May.