Archives for April 2015

Learning to Sketch from Museum Masters

Learning to Sketch from Museum Masters:

Art novices are welcome!
2 Day Workshop: Saturday and Sunday afternoon
June 27 and 28, 2015
2:30-5:30 p.m.
$30 per participant, fee includes materials
Online Registration available at
or by cash or check at the Museum Front Desk.
Space is Limited!

So many artists have learned by paraphrasing the works of earlier masters. Manet paraphrased Delacroix, Van Gogh, in his idiosyncratic style, copied El Greco and Cezanne’s influence flooded Picasso’s work. In the 20th century, Jackson Pollock filled his early sketchbooks with studies of master drawings and the young Grace Hartigan painted her way through Rubens and Velasquez.

Have you ever wished you could learn to sketch by studying master works?
Here is your chance to explore an exciting approach to doing that in a weekend afternoon workshop in the Museum’s studio and galleries. This two step process is especially useful for museum sketching because the wet medium is utilized before and after the dry sketching that is required in galleries and museums.

Part I: Saturday ~ In the Museum’s Art Studio
You will learn to prepare your sketchbook pages in advance by creating delicate watercolor monotypes. We will then practice “paraphrase” sketching of master artists’ drawings while experimenting with water color pencils and wash.

Part II: Sunday ~ Sketching in the Museum galleries
We will use the watercolor pages created the prior afternoon to gesturally sketch over them while viewing works on site in the museum galleries. A surprising synchronicity often emerges as the sketches combine with the background colors. To complete the afternoon, we return to the studio to add final accents with wash.

Instructor Bio: Constance Pearce

The instructor has twice exhibited her sketchbooks at the National Musuem of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC among other venues. She also served as professor of drawing, painting and art journals at St. Bonaventure University in New York and was prior visiting artist with Millsaps College in Jackson. Her sketchbooks are in the collection of the National Gallery of Art Rare Book Library (DC) and the Yale Center for British Art, sketchbook archives (CT) among others. Her work is seen locally at Oxford Treehouse Gallery and she is exhibiting in Japan in June.

V.I.P. Portrait Gallery by Andrzej Maciejewski


May 26–September 5, 2015

Reception: Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Andrzej Maciejewski Artist Statement:

This series is a study of form, a collection of diverse shapes and textures. I have created many such collections and I often choose mundane objects, like in this case potatoes. This gives me the freedom to look at them in an abstract way or to interpret them on my own, without being limited by the overwhelming context, which often happens when you choose objects that are too obviously important or unusual. What drew me to potatoes in particular, was their commonly unappreciated diversity created by nature, not by human artfulness. For my potatoes, I chose to make portraits rather than simply still-lifes and I gave them names—not in order to suggest that they look like people, but simply to emphasize their individual uniqueness (names individualize, like numbers standardize). I used the large format camera and I printed them much larger than the life-size to show them like they were looked at through the magnifying glass—with attention to all the tiny, but meaningful details. Excluding the color factor by shooting them in black & white let me focus on shape, texture and light. The VIP in the title may be translated as Very Interesting Potatoes, or in many other ways.


part of the Oxford Arts Crawl

2nd Annual Rowan Oak Mint Julep Party

Rowan Oak Mint Julep party

Saturday, May 2, 2015

5:30 p.m.


Spring is finally here and there’s no better time to enjoy the outdoors at Rowan Oak. After an exciting day of art lectures and studio visits, please join us for a relaxing evening, sipping mint juleps on the grounds of Rowan Oak.

Thanks to our sponsors:
Chadwick Band
Yalobusha Brewing Company
Party Waiting to Happen
The Friends of the Museum