Sketching in the Galleries

“I wanted to provide visitors with a new way of engaging with our collection, to have them really slow down and take a closer look at things,” says Erin L. Wolfe, development associate at The Wolfsonian, who proposed the public program Sketching in the Galleries, which begins Friday, March 28, 7–9pm. The free program, on one Friday evening each month from March through June, pairs participants with an instructor who offers guidance and insight on drawing techniques. Drawing materials and stools are provided as part of the program.

As Wolfe points out, sketching and drawing in art museums is a rich and time-honored tradition. “Professionals and novices alike are encouraged to use our collection as a source of inspiration or just to unwind for a couple of hours,” says Wolfe.

Open to all ages and levels of experience, The Wolfsonian’s first Sketching in the Galleries session takes place in the gallery with the exhibition Rendering War: The Murals of A. G. Santagata. The program is led by Carlos E. Prado, a museum artisan at The Wolfsonian, a widely exhibited visual artist, and a professor who headed the sculpture program at the Visual Arts School, ISA-University of the Arts of Cuba during 2006–12. Sketching in the Galleries came about as part of a mini-grant program in which Wolfsonian staff members were encouraged to propose ideas for new initiatives; this was one of the winning proposals. Future Sketching in the Galleries sessions will alternate between the exhibitions Rendering War and Art and Design in the Modern Age.

  • Sketching in the Galleries, Friday, March 28, 7–9pm. Free and open to the public. All ages and levels of experience welcome; youth under fourteen must be accompanied by an adult. Mark your calendars for future sessions on April 25, May 30, and June 27. For information contact



Installation View
Rendering War: The Murals of A. G. Santagata
Photo: Lynton Gardiner