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Drawing Marathon

Plein Air Drawing Marathon at the Hagley Museum and Library

Back by popular demand

You asked, and we listened! The Drawing Marathon is back! Join us for an exhilarating day of plein air drawing as DCAD hosts a special spring edition of its wildly popular Drawing Marathon on the beautiful grounds of the Hagley Museum and Library. Participants will rotate between three different inspiring locations on the upper estate giving you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the splendor of several distinct landscape settings.

Inspired by the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting & Sculpture, which founded the Drawing Marathon 25+ years ago, this one-day drawing intensive is based on the belief that drawing is the basis of understanding one’s experience of the world. Today, drawing marathons are a worldwide phenomenon, spanning the U.S. and the globe. For some participants, it is an opportunity to immerse themselves in their preferred artistic practice, while for others, it is a fun, creative, and challenging way to spend a day focused on drawing.

Artists 16 years and older and of all levels of experience are invited to participate.

Register for the Drawing Marathon today!

Saturday, June 12, 2021
9 am – 4 pm
Rain Date: Saturday, June 26
Registration: $40 ($35 Hagley Members)
Location: Hagley Museum and Library
A portion of each registration will be donated to the Hagley Museum and Library

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Hagley Museum Spring Garden

Program Details

To ensure the health and safety of all participants and to align with CDC COVID-19 guidelines, marathoners will be divided into three groups with each group assigned to a location. Members of each group will be socially distanced and will rotate to a new location every 90 minutes. Masks will be required. Each location will have a DCAD host to inspire and support your drawing explorations.

9 am – 10 am                 Arrival, check-in, location/rotations information, and group designations

10 am – 11:30 am         Rotation 1

11:30 am – noon           Break for lunch and rotation to next location

Noon – 1:30 pm            Rotation 2

1:30 pm – 2 pm             Break and rotation to next location

2 pm – 3:30 pm             Rotation 3

3:30 pm – 4 pm             Departure

Don’t forget to bring your mask! Masks will be required throughout the day.

Please bring your own chair, drawing board, paper, and drawing implements. Various media including pencil, charcoal, chalk pastels, and other dry media are welcome. Please do not bring paints.

In addition to your materials, we encourage you to pack a lunch, snacks, and beverages. Due to the pacing, location of the Drawing Marathon on the upper site, and COVID-19 restrictions, food and beverage options are not available onsite.

Given you will be spending the day outdoors, please dress appropriately and wear shoes suitable for walking on uneven terrain. We highly recommend you bring a hat, sunscreen, and bug repellant. Weather conditions may change during the day. Extra layers and a raincoat or umbrella are also recommended.

Restrooms are available and accessible on the upper estate and there is a small, air-conditioned visitors’ center for anyone who may need to cool down if the weather is unusually hot.

Please arrive no later than 9:30 am. The Drawing Marathon begins promptly at 10 am.

DCAD’s Plein Air Drawing Marathon will take place on the upper area of the estate.

Please use the Hagley Library address for GPS directions:

298 Buck Road
Wilmington, DE 19807

Drawing Marathon participants must park in the upper parking lot, no exceptions as there is no transportation available for participants from the lower parking area to the upper site.

You will be spending the day outdoors. Please dress appropriately and wear footwear suitable for walking on uneven terrain. We highly recommend you bring a hat, sunscreen, and bug repellant. Weather conditions may change during the day. Extra layers and a raincoat or umbrella are also recommended.

Rain Date: Saturday, June 26

If the chance of rain for Wilmington is expected to be at or above 50% and/or thunderstorms are forecasted, DCAD will reschedule the event to Saturday, June 26th, same location, same schedule.

Should there be an unforeseen change in the weather during the Marathon, participants will be asked to seek shelter in an area designated by Hagley personnel or return to their cars until the weather subsides. The Marathon will continue as planned with the schedule adjusted as necessary.

Located on 235 acres along the banks of the Brandywine, Hagley is the site of the gunpowder works founded by E.I. du Pont in 1802. This example of early American industry features indoor and outdoor exhibitions, including restored mills, a workers’ community, and the ancestral home and garden of the du Pont family. For more information, visit Hagley.org

REFUND POLICY: Refund requests for withdrawal must be made by email to the Department of Continuing Education by 5 pm on Friday, June 4, 2021. Please email refund requests to [email protected]. No refunds will be processed after this date.

Lack of attendance and/or lack of completion does not constitute withdrawal and participants are not eligible for a registration refund.

Questions? For more information, please contact the Department of Continuing Education at 302-622-8000, ext. 208 or email [email protected]