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Sketched Out


A masterpiece often begins with a humble sketch.

On exhibit Sept. 27 - Feb. 24 at these Bethlehem locations:

Sketching is a crucial process for creative people, and though the term “sketch” instantly brings to mind fine art, the processes of drafting and planning expands beyond the field of art. Sketched Out invites visitors to take a look inside the planning process through the quick sketches people make.

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Sketched Out Programs

En Plein Air Workshop

Saturday, October 13, 9am - 11am

Join us for an En Plein Air (in the open air) workshop at the 1869 Luckenbach Mill of the Colonial Industrial Quarter. Paint, sketch, or draw the beautiful fall scenery surrounding these historic buildings!

Guided by artists from the Lehigh Art Alliance, learn how to set up your plein air artwork with an artistic eye. This workshop is best suited for intermediate level and above artists. Please bring your own materials in your preferred medium.

Meet at the 1869 Luckenbach Mill
459 Old York Road, Bethlehem, PA 18018

Cost: Students with valid student ID: $25,
HBMS Members: $30, Non-Members: $35

About the Exhibit

Sketched Out features rarely exhibited sketches from local artists including Joseph Cantieni, Emil Gelhaar and J. Carroll Tobias will accompany completed works on display. See embroidery plans from students at the Ladies’ Seminary, City planning documents, building blueprints and more! Also on display, a can’t miss exhibition of sketchbooks on loan from members of the Lehigh Art Alliance and Bethlehem Palette Club!

Joseph Cantieni [1911-1995]

Best known for his work with Bethlehem Steel, Cantieni was employed as a draftsman in the corporations real estate department. View pieces of his textile designs inspired by steel: alchemy symbols, how it appeared under a microscope, and color pallets derived from a chart of what color steel is when heated to specific temperatures.

Gustav Grunewald [1805-1878]

An artist who found his passion in landscapes, from sublime depictions of nature harnessing great power to intimate scenes conveying a sense of oneness with God, humankind, and nature. Grunewald's sketches are as beautiful as the finished pieces, capturing his individuality with his arrangement of plant life, wispy and delicate marks, and hidden symbolism.

Mae Erdman

A local artist who taught at the Moravian Academy. Erdman influenced many young women to "indulge their artistic abilites" at a time when women were excluded from most forms of artistic expression. Known for her gorgeous handpainted china designs, Erdman even hand painted and monogramed a 200 piece wedding china set for Annie Kemerer, the founder of the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts. View Erdman's design sketches to see her brilliance step by step.

Still Life Drawing Sessions
Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts
Every 2nd & 4th Sunday October - February, 2 - 4PM (Not offered 12/23)
Cost:
FREE for HBMS Members, $5 for Non-Members

“Bring Your Own Easel” and enjoy an afternoon of still life drawing in the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts. Each weekend will feature a different set of artifacts from our collection that will challenge your artistic skills with interesting shapes, textures, and designs. This is a fantastic opportunity for local artists to practice their sketching in a unique, historic environment and perfect for students to fill their portfolio!

 

Live Artist Demonstrations
Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts
Select Weekends October - February during museum open hours
Cost: Museum Admission

Art is taking over the Kemerer! Come see local artists from the Bethlehem Palette Club and the Lehigh Art Alliance working in their medium within the Kemerer Museum. Sketching, drawing, and painting from real life or reference photos, discover the process of their work and gain some insight on a variety of artistic styles.

 

Plein Air Workshop
1869 Luckenbach Mill in the Colonial Industrial Quarter
Saturday, October 13, 9 - 11AM
Cost: $25 for Students with valid student ID, $30 for HBMS Members, $35 for Non-Members

Join Lehigh Art Alliance’s Elena Shackelton for an En Plein Air (in the open air) workshop at the Luckenbach Mill of the Colonial Industrial Quarter. Paint, sketch, or draw the beautiful fall scenery surrounding these historic buildings. Elena will offer guidance and an artistic eye, teaching you how to best set up your plein air artwork. This workshop is best suited for experienced artists. Please bring your own materials!

 

Comic Book Drawing Workshop
Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts
Thursday, January 17, 6 - 9PM
Cost: $25 for Students with Valid Student ID, $30 for HBMS Members, $35 for Non-Members

Comic Books and graphic novels have been a source of awe, inspiration, and entertainment since as early as 1837! From the very first comic book Famous Funnies, published in the United States in 1933, to the most recent edition of Marvel Comic’s Spiderman, generations of people have enjoyed these amazing stories. Now you can learn how to create your very own comic book!

 

Make your own Sketchbook
Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts
Thursday, January 17, 6 - 9PM
Cost:
$25 for Students with Valid Student ID, $30 for HBMS Members, $35 for Non-Members

Every artist needs a sketchbook to keep on hand for when inspiration strikes! Build and bind your own sketchbook, and then use collage techniques to decorate and personalize the cover. Once complete, We’ll use our sketchbooks to gather inspiration from the collection found within the museum.

 

Getting to Know Grunewald Lecture
Moravian Museum of Bethlehem
Thursday, February 28, 6 - 8PM
Cost: TBD

Set within the Saal of the Moravian Museum of Bethlehem, Bethlehem’s oldest standing building, discover the life and story of Gustav Grunewald for the Closing Reception of Sketched Out. Explore a collection of Grunewald’s sketches – some pieces donated to the Moravian Archives that have never been on display in the United States, and others from the HBMS Collection that were last on display in 1992 at the Allentown Art Museum.

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