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Drawing Art History Online Class - May Class Package

Online Art and Art History Class

Watch your own art style evolve and deepen as you become immersed in the great art movements in history. Break out of the present time period and relive history through your own personal creative interpretation as inspired by some of the world's most influential artists. The May 2021 live online art classes feature Rembrandt, Mary Cassatt, Paul Gauguin, and Frida Kahlo. 

About Drawing Art History

Each Drawing Art History class starts with an in-depth lesson and slideshow about a different celebrated artist. Enjoy learning about the artist's background and contribution to art history from Barbara's passionate and enthusiastic viewpoint. Students will come away with a better understanding of how the artist's life events and environments shaped their work.

Then, Barbara will teach you to duplicate one of their iconic artworks in pastel (or the medium of your choice). She breaks down the method that the artist used so you can create artwork in their signature style.



As one of the most famous 17th century Dutch painters, Rembrandt's known for his uncanny ability to capture the facial expression and emotion of his subjects. His style also features dark backgrounds and the use of shadows for a spotlight effect. 

Buy the Rembrandt Class


An American artist, Mary Cassatt is known for painting intimate bonds between mother and children in the impressionist style. She studied art privately in Paris at a time when women weren't granted access to art school and famously worked for women's rights during the early suffrage movement. 

Buy the Mary Cassatt Class


Considered a French Post-Impressionist artist, Paul Gauguin relocated from Paris to Tahiti in search of "spiritual innocence." He's known for capturing island life using bold colors and flat picture planes.

Buy the Paul Gauguin Class


As one of the most famous Mexican painters, Frida is known for painting self-portraits in a folk art style that mixes realism with fantasy. Using her lifelong pain and medical problems as inspiration for her work, she became an icon for female strength, talent, and courage. 

Buy the Frida Kahlo Class

Mediums and Supplies

Demonstrations will be done mainly in chalk pastel. Students should come prepared with the following supplies (in the brand of your choice):

1 set of soft chalk pastel
1 pad of pastel paper
1 can of fixative spray

The same lessons and basic techniques taught in each class can be applied to a variety of art mediums. Some more advanced students may prefer to use watercolor or acrylic paint in class instead. If so, Barbara will provide painting guidance as well. 

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