The Haggerty Museum of Art hosted a drawing workshop in the galleries Friday, the first of three free classes for Student Fridays taught by MIAD drawing major and alum Jeff Sama. Twenty to 30 Marquette students ranging in art experience sketched Thomas Woodruff’s “Freak Parade,” a travelling collection painted with vibrant pastels and translucent acrylics, lasting from Jan. 27- April 18.
Curator of Education Lynne Shumow, who has worked at the Haggerty for ten years, described Woodruff’s gallery as “celebrating the beauty in aberrance.” She explained its focus on the beauty in the difference of people. Woodruff, who took five years to complete the collection, used inspiration from his experiences and historical knowledge in painting his movie and circus posters. This is the Student Fridays’ second year at the Haggerty, Shumow said.
Drawing instructor Jeff Sama said he tries to create a relaxing environment during the classes. “My philosophy is keep everything low key and no stress. I joke around a lot,” drawing instructor Jeff Sama said. “My goal is to create an environment where their (students) brains are working a little differently then they usually
are throughout their day. Kids come in from all majors with little or no experience or with some experience, but I’m just showing them little things here and there… Then they can do it on the page, and it just activates that creative side that may not be working throughout their normal, everyday lives.”
The next two drawing classes in the Student Fridays series scheduled for Fridays Feb. 12 and 19 from 1 to 3 p.m., feature permanent collections “The Northern Masters,” prints by Bol, Durer, Goltzius, Saenredam and van Heemskerck, and “Old Master Paintings.” All students are welcome to come and go at their leisure with free admission and supplies. To register, contact Lynne Shumow at 414-288-5915 or [email protected].
Students also have the opportunity to submit a maximum of two art pieces in any medium to be displayed on Student Fine Arts Night Wed March 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. The open art gallery will include free food, refreshments and live music. Students must submit their art by Feb. 24. Further art requirements are posted on the Haggerty’s Web site.
If you are interested in submitting work and do not know how to present your artwork for hanging and display, Haggerty preparator artist Dan Herro is going over different presentation methods at a workshop Feb. 12 from 3 to 4 p.m.
by Melanie Pawlyszyn