Left: Antonio Canova (Italian, 1757–1822). Reclining Naiad, 1819–24. Marble; Overall (wt. confirmed): 35 x 75 x 32 1/2 in.; 2558 lbs. (88.9 x 190 x 82.6 cm; 1160.3012 kg). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, Mrs. Joseph A. Neff Gift, In memory of Joseph A. Neff, 1970 (1970.1). Right: Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (French, 1827–1875). Ugolino and His Sons, 1865–67. Saint-Béat marble; Overall (confirmed): 77 3/4 x 59 x 43 1/2 in. (197.5 x 149.9 x 110.5 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, Josephine Bay Paul and C. Michael Paul Foundation Inc. Gift, Charles Ulrick and Josephine Bay Foundation Inc. Gift, and Fletcher Fund, 1967 (67.250)
«Many teens already make a habit out of visiting the Metropolitan Museum, but I thought I should let our blog readers know about a teen program I think they would really enjoy. One Saturday each month, the Met offers a class called Saturday Sketching for visitors ages 11 through 18. I've been attending these tranquil drawing sessions for some time now, and I have enjoyed meeting new friends and catching up with the old ones who frequently come to the class.»
Each session is devoted to a particular Museum collection and is led by an artist-instructor. Though the instructor gives participants some guidelines for their drawings, you can draw just about whatever you wish as long as the subject is in that collection. If you generally sketch objects from only one or two collections, working in a new collection can take you out of your comfort zone. In a year, you could literally travel around the world with the variety of collections we visit. The wonderful thing is that in your travels through art you can also pick up some art-making skills and spend time with friends. No matter what you enjoy doing on Saturdays, you just might find a new favorite weekend activity by coming to Saturday Sketching.
Audrey. Two drawings, 2012. Charcoal pencil on paper
Saturday Sketching (Ages 11–18)