Virtual gallery visits

During the lockdown we will be 'visiting' galleries around the world on Zoom.

On this page we will look at a work from the collection and there will be some drawing exercises based on it. 

May 9th 2020 the rijks museum in Amsterdam

'The Milk Maid' (1657-58) 

by Johannes Vermeer (1632 - 1675)

Details to notice:

  • The tiles at the bottom of the wall.

  • The quality of the shadow in the corner of the room.

  • The intensity of the blue - Vermeer used a more expensive pigment than artists usually used.

Drawing exercises:

  • Try drawing some of the details, for instance the hands and jug.

  • Draw a window in your own house looking at the shadows and light

  • Draw some bread next to crockery. Use different marks/materials to capture the contrast in textures.

May 22nd 2020 MOMA in New York

'Broadway Boogie Woogie' (1942-43)

Piet Mondrian (1872 - 1944)

Details to notice:

  • Mondrian painted this in response to arriving in New York and the music he heard there. The grid layout mirrors the grid system of streets in Manhattan.

  • In the video on this page a musician explains the relationship to boogie-woogie

Drawing exercise:

  • Draw something in your home or outside your window which has strong shapes and lines.

  • Make another drawing of this drawing keeping only the main shapes and lines.

  • Make another drawing leaving out all shapes/lines that are not essential.

  • Make a painting of this drawing with really vibrant colours

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