It only takes 30 minutes to learn a new skill.

By Stacey Leasca
May 12, 2020
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Cultural institutions around the world are stepping up in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic to ensure we all stay connected to the arts, even while quarantining at home. That includes plenty of virtual tours, and now, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City wants to help you not only experience art, but to help you create it too.

In April, the Met launched an online drawing class as an extension to its Drop-In drawing program to help people pass the time at home, to engage with the museum, and to honor its 150th anniversary. 

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As Time Out explained, the virtual Drop-In Drawing sessions take place on the Met’s Facebook page and include step-by-step instructional videos to help viewers master new techniques. 

Things kicked off in late April with a session on drawing the facade of the museum using one-point and two-point perspective.

This week, the museum launched its second virtual Drop-In Drawing session, led by Anastasiya Gutnik, public programs coordinator for The Met, to teach viewers how to create simple botanical drawings. 

All viewers need to take part is a pencil, paper, and an eraser. Then, they can follow along with Gutnik as she uses a pot of artificial orchids as her guide, showing everyone how to create simplified thumbnail drawings all the way through refining shapes and details in her piece. 

The sessions last just 30 minutes, making it an easy and fun way to take a break in the middle of the day, or to use as a way to wind down in the evening. But, if this isn’t enough for you, you could always head over to the Museum of Modern Art’s page to take part in its art history courses. Who knows, maybe you’ll come out of this pandemic with both a new skill and a new understanding of the entire art world.