Making Mona Lisa
  • Debra Blade, faculty of Dittmar Gallery, planned this event and thought it should be a great complement for the exhibition.
  • Moorhead displays the techniques she is using in her painting, including the dry brush technique. "I think it is really awesome to actually be in the place, to research and paint,” Moorhead said.
  • Weinberg freshman Paige Webb, works on her painting at the workshop. She is considering an art minor.
  • Grainstacks, end of day, Autumn, 1890–1891 by Claude Monet
  • Prashant Srivastav, a Chicago resident, learned about this workshop on website of Northwestern events. Srivastav said he was interested in art and said he would participate in events like this in the future.
  • Blade continues working on her painting at the workshop. She said she especially enjoyed focusing on the painting's texture.
  • Emily Moorhead, teacher in ARTica Studio and faculty of the Block Museum, sets up the laptop for the workshop. She often teaches workshops like this at Northwestern.
Photos by Wei Wei / North by Northwestern

As a complement to Dittmar Gallery's exhibition "Making Mona Lisa," the gallery hosted a workshop on Tuesday with artist Emily Moorhead, who taught canvas painting techniques and how they can be used to reproduce famous paintings.  The Mona Lisa is among the top ten of world’s most popular oil painting reproductions.

At the workshop, Moorhead introduced a painting by Claude Monet: Grainstacks, end of day, Autumn. It is classified as an impressionism work. She showed how to paint the background and use different techniques such as dry brush.

The exhibition "Making Mona Lisa," which is on display through Oct. 24, features artwork by Priscilla Briggs and is about the art of replica paintings and the reproduction of photographs of artists' lives. 

“You can see those art reproductions of photos of these artists’ lives," Moorhead said. "They spend their whole lives on this. That is amazing."


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