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Free night at the Norton Simon: sketching balerinas to bodhisattvas

We'll start with gesture drawings of the Degas dancers in the first gallery to the LEFT (south) of the entrance, then make our way downstairs to the collection of Asian art and sculpture.

For two excellent videos about gesture drawings see Stan Prokopenko's website,

• http://www.proko.com/how-to-draw-gesture/

• http://www.proko.com/how-to-draw-gesture-step-by-step/


Please note the Museum's policies re. sketching and backpacks:

Museum visitors are permitted to sketch in the following ways: a dry medium only, a location that does not obstruct an entrance or exit, a location that does not compromise the safety or security of the artwork and/or other Museum visitors and/or a location that does not obstruct the view of the artwork.

The Museum does not allow visitors to work in any wet medium (including oil, acrylic and watercolor paints), and no three-dimensional copying is allowed.

Equipment such as stools, chairs, tripods and easels are not permitted in the galleries and gardens where they may block movement.

All items brought into the Museum are subject to search by our Security Staff. All bags and parcels larger than 11 by 15 inches, including backpacks and purses, are required to be checked in the Check Room. Backpacks, carriers, and purses worn on the back of any size may not be worn in the galleries.


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  • Ralph

    A wonderful museum, a very enjoyable evening, a great camaraderie in drawing together, and an abundant collection of sculptures for the drawings. Thanks Phoebe again for organizing.

    January 6, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you Phoebe for loading up people's drawings. What's the Betty Edward's Workbook you referred to for subgroup meetings? Thanks in advance.

    1 · January 5, 2014

    • Phoebe

      It's the "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Workbook." There's a link on the "Featured" meetup.

      January 5, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks. I ordered the Workbook on Amazon.com so I should have it by next week.

      January 6, 2014

  • Ethel L.

    Very awesome and rewarding evening thanks to all and to Phoebe for making it possible-

    1 · January 5, 2014

  • Jennae A.

    Thank you Phoebe. Waiting for the beginning class to be enacted…Sunday afternoons???

    1 · January 5, 2014

    • Phoebe

      I've just announced the sub-group meetups on Betty Edward's Workbook.

      January 5, 2014

  • Phoebe

    I'd love to have more (and better than my) photos, so please load more photos of your drawings if you have them.

    January 5, 2014

  • Patrick N

    Good to meet you all, even though I got there a bit late. Also, I'm guessing this is the Urban Sketching book Phoebe had mentioned at the end. http://www.amazon.com/The-Art-Urban-Sketching-Location/dp/1592537251

    1 · January 4, 2014

    • Phoebe

      Thanks for posting this Patrick. That's indeed the book.

      January 4, 2014

  • Nova

    Arrived late so I just checked out all the beautiful art. Great collection! Looking forward to joining the group next time.

    1 · January 4, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      That happened to me too. I arrived late and a security guard told me the group had dispersed everywhere. I didn't think I'd be able to find anyone so I stayed to view the exhibit. Maybe next time I'll join you all drawing.

      1 · January 4, 2014

  • Ian D.

    Great atmosphere with Phoebe providing some tips beforehand and then leading the group in an encouraging review of work afterwards. Looking forward to more meetups like this!

    2 · January 3, 2014

  • Kevin

    Great time!

    1 · January 3, 2014

  • Patricia K.

    So sorry to have missed it...down with the flu :(

    1 · January 3, 2014

  • Christie

    really enjoyed it. look forward to the next meet up

    1 · January 3, 2014

  • Leigh

    Great fun, Phoebe! Thanks so much for your time and for sharing your insights. Very helpful!

    1 · January 3, 2014

  • D W J.

    That was a wonderful break before I head out of town. I won't be back until February. See you then.

    1 · January 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Really enjoyed this, can't wait for the next one! Maybe the Pasadena Museum of California Art or the Pacific Asian museum?

    1 · January 3, 2014

  • Kim

    Sorry, but I won't be able to attend. I hope to join you next time. :)

    1 · January 3, 2014

  • Amanda

    Ahh I can't make it afterall! Enjoy the museum and drawing though!!

    1 · January 3, 2014

  • Kevin

    Looking forward to it.

    1 · January 2, 2014

  • Michelle

    I'm so sorry I will not be able to attend this meetup. The Norton Simon is one of my favorites when it comes to art museums, but I'm having too much trouble and pain with my shoulder. I hope to be able to join you on a meetup after I get surgery for the rotator cuff injury, which is scheduled for the end of February. Thank you. I hope everyone has a great time. ~Michelle~

    1 · January 2, 2014

  • Ethel L.

    Thanks for a great New Year start!

    1 · December 28, 2013

  • Kim

    Thank you, Phoebe! I am looking forward to the next Meetup!

    1 · December 4, 2013

  • Michelle

    I love this museum and haven't been in a while. Glad for a chance to go to do something creative. I might see if a friend wants to come with me, but there's plenty of time. Thanks Phoebe.

    1 · November 19, 2013

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