Pencil in Time to Explore Drawing Techniques from the Caves of Lascaux to the 20th Century at the Clark February 7

For Immediate Release

January 31, 2007

“Pencils and Pens, Washes and Watercolors: Drawing Techniques” will be explored during the next Language of Drawing illustrated lecture on Wednesday, February 7 at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Curator of education Michael Cassin leads the Language of Drawing series, examining the history and techniques of drawing from the caves of Lascaux to the 20th century. Lectures are held on the first Wednesday of each month through April at 5:30 pm. Cost per lecture is $6 ($4 for members). Reservations are not required but can be made by calling 413-458-0563.

Since the earliest times, human beings have created drawings in order to communicate, keep records, and express themselves. Artists have utilized drawings as both independent works and as studies for finished works of art. From silverpoint to the flash light, from chalk to graphite, from sepia ink to bodycolor, through the ages artists have made use of anything they can lay their hands on to make drawings. In this lecture, Cassin will look at the materials and techniques used and the variety of effects that can be achieved with each.

The series continues with “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 extraordinarily beautiful drawings 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 incomparable 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 February 4 through April 29 at the Clark, and will travel to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. where it will be on view May 27 to August 12.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, MA. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission is free November through May. Admission June 1 through October 31 is $12.50 for adults, free for children 18 and under, members, and students with valid ID. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit


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