Drawing Democracies

Drawing Democracies

Pratt Institute

Images of drawing at Pratt Institute. Courtesy of Pratt Institute.
October 11, 2013
Drawing Democracies

Saturday, October 19, 2013, 11am–7pm

Pratt Institute brings a singular experience to the public with Drawing Democracies.

Free event celebrates the act of drawing with interactive sessions provided by Pratt Institute and its partners at The Drawing Center and Art21.

Pratt Institute
200 Willoughby Avenue
Brooklyn, New York, NY 11205


Drawing is a universal act that deepens our sense of community and establishes commonalities across cultures. It transcends time, geography, and disciplines, and encompasses our earliest forms of expression from handwriting to drawn maps to doodles. Drawing Democracies, a singular, daylong event at Pratt Institute, will provide the public with the opportunity to engage in different drawing-related activities on and around the Institute’s 25-acre Brooklyn campus at no cost (October 19, see details below). Participants of all skill levels are invited to join in and celebrate drawing through interactive conversations, figure-drawing sessions, and more (drawing materials and tools are available at the event).

Highlights include:

– Drawing Conversations (rapid one on one): Participants can sit down for two-minute rotating conversations with artists, curators, students, and educators to explore the significance of drawing. Co-presented by The Drawing Center.

– Dance Theater of Harlem Drawing: Ballet dancers from the esteemed company will pose for outdoor figure-drawing sessions.

– Fashion Model Drawing: Models wearing Pratt fashion-student designs will participate in indoor figure-drawing sessions.

– Open Studios: More than 100 fine-arts and digital-arts students will open their studios to the community to showcase new works in a variety of media.

– Film Screenings:Art21 will present William Kentridge film screenings; drawing-themed videos by film/video students will be projected outdoors onto Pratt’s ARC Building.

– Family Art Activities: Kids of all ages are invited to participate in site-specific installation, stop-motion animation, and screen-printing projects.

The full schedule is available for viewing on the Drawing Democracies website; more information will be available on-site at Pratt’s campus quad. RSVP is recommended for Drawing Conversations (rapid one on one) at [email protected] or [email protected].

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Drawing Democracies is organized by Pratt Institute’s Fine Arts, Foundation, and Art and Design Education Departments and The Drawing Club, with participation from departments, clubs, and offices across campus.

Please click here for directions to Pratt’s Brooklyn campus.

About Pratt Institute:
Founded in 1887, Pratt Institute is a global leader in higher education dedicated to preparing its 4,700 undergraduate and graduate students for successful careers in art, design, architecture, information and library science, and liberal arts and sciences. Located in a cultural hub with historic campuses in Brooklyn and Manhattan, Pratt is a living lab of craft and creativity with an esteemed faculty of accomplished professionals and scholars who challenge their talented students to transform their passion into meaningful expression.

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