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Event Details

Every Saturday
1:00 pm –2:30 pm


Preregistration required
Members: $25
Not-Yet-Members: $40


On-site event
High Museum of Art

Event Description

Join us for outdoor drawing sessions that take inspiration from the High Museum’s campus, collection, and special exhibitions. Led by artist Larkin Ford, each session focuses on a different way of seeing and capturing the world around us while allowing participants to explore their own personal expression and develop their drawing skills. Each session is offered twice, once on Wednesday and once on Saturday.

Space is limited, and preregistration is required.
Your ticket includes access to the Museum galleries.  

Drawing from Experience sessions take place outside, with seating based on social distancing guidelines. Masks are required for all visitors over the age of two. Please see the reopening FAQs for additional information.

All materials will be provided, but participants may bring their own materials, if desired. Each session description includes a supply list.

Instructor Bio
Larkin Ford teaches Drawing and Painting at Georgia State University, where he earned his MFA. He spent his formative years in rural North Carolina, and he weaves this and other personal experiences into enigmatic narratives through drawings, paintings, and sculptures. He has exhibited work in Atlanta at Whitespace, The Mast, and Showerhaus’s High Rise Show. For more information and images, please visit and @larkinford.


Upcoming Sessions

Still Life Objects as Catalysts for Imaginative Drawing
Saturday, October 31, 1–2:30 p.m.
(This topic is also offered Wednesday, October 28, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.)

Register October 31

In these workshops, we will use still life objects, memory, and photo reference to spark ideas that might lie dormant in our imaginations. By looking at some classic Halloween subject matter, we can dive into the macabre and horrific or portray skulls and ghouls in a humorous or light-hearted style. Participants are welcome to bring in items for inspiration. We’ll focus on how to grab fragments of subject matter from the real world and rework as radically as desired.

Materials: graphite pencil, ink pen, white gel pen, toned paper, ruler (optional)

Layering Linear Perspective—Learning from Julie Mehretu
Saturday, November 7, 1–2:30 p.m.
(This topic is also offered Wednesday, November 4, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.)

Let’s shift the learning curve from daunting to dynamic! During this workshop, we’ll break down linear perspective into digestible chunks, allowing you to build your vanishing point and horizon line on one layer and exploring how convergent points inform the architecture of your drawing on a superimposed layer of translucent vellum. We will learn how to build one-point and two-point perspective from imagination, how to apply these rules to the space we occupy, and how to abstract it. Drawing on Renaissance traditions and taking inspiration from Julie Mehretu’s work, we’ll experiment with allowing architecture to dissolve into pure abstraction in some areas while remaining clear in others. You’ll have freedom of expression as you draw fragments of architecture scattered across the page and learn how to keep them cohesive using the previous layer of converging lines.

Materials: ruler, graphite, pencil, paper, vellum, eraser, tape


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