What’s New in the Studio: April

This month we are drawing (literally) inspiration from the special exhibition Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties. Come back each weekend for a different special project based on this amazing show!

This coming weekend, we are creating 1920s-themed portraits. Artists during this time period often used a close-up view of their subjects to help establish an emotional connection with the viewer. So, we may not be able to tell what the person is thinking, but we may be drawn to his or her gaze, pose, expression, etc.

Alfred Stieglitz, "Georgia O'Keeffe", 1924/1929, National Gallery of Art

Luigi Lucioni, "Paul Cadmus", 1928, Brooklyn Museum


Your portrait can be of a friend, family member, or yourself and we will have different drawing materials for you to choose from. We encourage you beforehand to see works from the exhibition–look at the different points of view artists use, the way their subjects are posed, their facial expressions, etc. What feeling do you get from these portraits? If you are looking at a black and white portrait, how would it feel differently if it had been done in color, and vice versa?

To add an extra element of fun, we have a variety of 1920s inspired photo booth props for you to pose with: hats, hairstyles, headbands, etc. Take a look at a few of the terrific examples visitors made this past Sunday!

1920s props


1920s inspired self-portrait


1920s inspired self-portrait


Studio Creations is a drop-in art-making activity for families and is free with paid admission to the Museum. Studio Creations is offered on Saturdays and Sundays (with some exceptions) from 1:00-3:30 p.m. All supplies are provided.

Youth and Beauty: Art from the American Twenties is a paid exhibition; as always members see it free!

Posted by: JC







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