If you enjoy art, find yourself doodling or sketching, if you take art lessons and/or daub away on paper or canvas with paint, pastels, charcoals or colored pencils, try Sunday Sketch, 2–4 p.m., on the month’s first Sunday at the National Sporting Library & Museum. Artists of all ages, whatever the level, are welcome (children 10 & under must be accompanied by an adult). The program, which includes admission to the museum, is free.

Sunday Sketch supplies everything you need from pencils and paper to sketch boards, plus a local artist or art teacher, who will utilize various works in the galleries to showcase whatever the aspect of art they’re teaching. On February 7, Alice Porter zeroed in on composition and started the session with a brief talk and some advice before sending the group of 29 adults and children to sketch one of the many sculptures. People scattered to find their first subject and, 15 minutes later, everyone returned to Porter for the next exercise.

“I was always interested in drawing, and I love the flow of the colors when I’m painting,” said Sunday Sketch first-timer Karen Jackley whose lessons with Porter began last year with Introduction To Drawing. “Alice is excellent with the technical aspects of drawing and procedures. Her Sunday Sketch taught me to look at paintings differently, to see the depth and what the artist is putting together with the various elements.”

For those who loved to paint and draw as children, signing up for Sunday Sketch provided a great workout for the right side of the brain. Several showed more advanced skills, but that isn’t the point: Sunday Sketch is a great introduction to the Museum and fun experience for anyone who has ever wished they could draw what they see. It’s never too late to tap into your creative spirit.

NSLM’s spring calendar includes the following roster of Sunday Sketch artists: Gail Guerriri-Maslyk, March 6; Mary Jennings, April 3; Alice Porter, May 1; and Teresa Duke, June 5. Remember to RSPV, please. If you have your own sketchbook and pencils, feel free to bring them, but there will be ample supplies for everyone.

Gallery Talks, another great series of NSLM events, take place each Wednesday at 2 p.m. Admission is free. The Talks alternate between Library and Museum and are led by the Librarian or Museum Curators, who provide an insider’s view of traveling exhibitions, new acquisitions, and permanent collection pieces. Each unique tour lasts 30 – 45 minutes, leaving participants free to enjoy the Library and Museum. Reservations are not required.

To jumpstart your spring, the next Gallery Tours begin on March 2 in the Museum with Changing Exhibitions, then March 9 in the NSL with Library Collections and alternate until the final Wednesday, finishing the March series in the Museum. Details can be found at NSLM’s website under Programs & Events.

Your support will help the National Sporting Library & Museum to continue its vital work in preserving, promoting, and sharing the literature, art, and culture of equestrian, angling, and field sports. Annual memberships cost as little as $25 for students, $50 for individual adult, and $100 for dual or family, with benefits that include invitations to attend exhibition openings, lectures and special events and a subscription to the quarterly newsletter, to name just two. Higher levels of support range from Sponsor, Associate and Guardian to Circle Memberships, each accompanied by NSLM’s Core Benefits and exclusive extras.

For more information, please visit www.nationalsporting.org and be sure to like the National Sporting Library & Museum on Facebook. NSLM recently extended their hours: open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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