Arts & Humanities Society & Culture

Athens artist Brian Hitselberger to teach drawing workshop

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The class will use works from the museum's collection as source material. "Place du Carol" by Pierre Daura is one such drawing from the collection.

Athens, Ga. – The Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia will host a four-part introductory drawing course led by Athens artist and educator Brian Hitselberger. The class will meet on Thursday evenings in May.

Both beginning artists and those with more experience are welcome. A $15 fee covers all required tools for the four sessions and a sketchbook. Registration is required and can be done by calling the museum at 706-542-8863 or emailing

Topics to be covered include contour, value, simplification and detail, drawing on the fly and focused, detailed methods of mark-making. Hitselberger plans to use the museum’s collection as source material, including archives and many works not regularly on display. Students will work in brush and ink washes, ink pen, colored pencil and hard and soft graphite.

Hitselberger is an artist who lives and works in Athens. He received a bachelor’s degree in printmaking from Tulane University in 2005 and a master’s degree in painting from UGA. He is currently an assistant professor of painting and printmaking at Piedmont College. His work has been exhibited at ATHICA in Athens, The Contemporary in Atlanta and Cabinet in Brooklyn, among other venues.

“I chose to teach this studio drawing class because the classroom is set inside the museum, which will be an interesting challenge,” Hitselberger said. “I hope students learn how to handle drawing techniques and to grasp a deeper understanding from the works of the museum, to draw inspiration from it. To me, learning to draw is learning to see.”

Museum Information
Partial support for the exhibition and programs at the Georgia Museum of Art is provided by the Georgia Council for the Arts through appropriation of the Georgia General Assembly. The council is a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Individuals, foundations and corporations provide additional museum support through their gifts to the University of Georgia Foundation. The Georgia Museum of Art is located in the Performing and Visual Arts Complex on UGA’s East Campus. The address is 90 Carlton St., Athens, GA, 30602-1502. For more information, including hours, see or call 706-542-4662.