4th Workshop: Carnegie Museum of Art with Laurie Barnes and Valerie Herrero

On February 19, the VACOP artists visited Carnegie Museum of Art. Artists Laurie Barnes and Valerie Herrero led the students through the galleries, prompting a number of interesting conversations about art history. As artists and museum educators, Laurie and Valerie talked about careers in art museums, and specifically in art education. They talked about how their artistic practices have been influenced by teaching students from the museum’s collection, and led the VACOP artists through a number of in-gallery sketching activities. Later, the VACOP artists used the sketches they compiled in the galleries to create experimental drawings in the studio. Many of the students were interested to learn more about French Impressionism of the 19th century. Some artists were also drawn toward contemporary art. Finally, they were able to spend some time in CMOA’s special exhibiton Silver to Steel: The Modern Designs of Peter Muller-Munk.

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