Drawing from the past

By Kimber Williams | Emory Report | July 6, 2012

From left to right: Cathy Amos, a Michael C Carlos Museum docent, with program participants Ellen Childers, Patsy Thompson, Sheila Diyon, Robey Tapp and Sharon LeMaster.

From left to right: Cathy Amos, a Carlos Museum docent, with program participants Ellen Childers, Patsy Thompson, Sheila Diyon, Robey Tapp and Sharon LeMaster. Emory Photo/Video.

Participant Sheila Diyon.
Participant Sheila Diyon. Emory Photo/Video.
Participant Robey Tapp.
Participant Robey Tapp. Emory Photo/Video.
Ellen Childers draws objects exhibited in the Egyptian collection.
Ellen Childers draws objects exhibited in the Egyptian collection. Emory Photo/Video.
Participants look at ancient art under light.

Participants study fine details depicted in "Relief of the Nile Goddess," (362-343 BC) a granite carving displayed in the Egyptian collection of the Carlos Museum. Emory Photo/Video

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For centuries, museums of the world opened their doors to aspiring artists — by sketching what they saw, students learned through intimate observation of classic paintings and sculpture. This summer through mid-August, the Michael C. Carlos Museum offers the public a taste of that tradition every Friday from 10 a.m. to noon, as artists and amateurs gather to “draw the masters.”

With sketchbooks and pencils in hand, would-be artists meet in the museum rotunda, where docents take turns guiding lessons around the galleries. The program is free and open to all; no experience is required. This fall, the program will continue in the Greek and Roman galleries on Friday evenings. For information, call 404-727-6118.