Rokeby Museum Distance Drawing Course: Inspired by Rachael Robinson Elmer (1878–1919) and taught by Rokeby Artist in Residence Courtney Clinton
Published bi-weekly starting Monday July 27th through October 5th, 2020
Join Canadian artist Courtney Clinton, Rokeby Artist in Residence, for a six part contemporary drawing correspondence course hosted right here on the Rokeby Museum blog. The course is inspired by a 19th century drawing correspondence course that Rokeby’s own Rachael Robinson Elmer took from 1891 to 1893.
Six lessons, a new one posted every two weeks:
July 27: Vision
August 10: Copying
August 24: Mistakes
September 7: From Life
September 21: Self Critique
October 5: Illustration
In 2019 Clinton visited the museum as part of the Contemporary Art Rokeby Artist Lab. Inspired by this historic example of distance education, she is collaborating with the museum as Artist in Residence for the summer season. The museum has granted the artist remote access to the archive through a collaboration with Allison Gregory, Education and Interpretation Fellow of the museum.
Published bi-weekly on the Rokeby blog, Courtney will share with you an exercise from the drawing course with step by step instructions. The course is also an opportunity to explore Rokeby’s collection of Rachael’s drawings and paintings, and talk about her journey to become a recognized 20th century illustrator.
About Rachael Robinson Elmer
Four of the Robinsons worked as professional artists and left a large collection of works. Rachael Robinson Elmer, the older daughter of Rowland and Ann, was the most talented and successful of the family artists. Showing artistic talent and interest at a young age, Rachael was schooled by her mother, took a weekly art lesson in Burlington, and studied at a studio in New York City — all before turned 16. She settled in New York as a young woman, studying at the Art Students League and establishing herself as a commercial artist. She made a name for herself when she created “Art-Lover’s New York” — a set of twelve fine art city view postcards in 1914. A second set, six linoleum block prints that she produced herself, added to her renown. With these eighteen cards, Rachael changed the world of American postcards. She died not long after — in the third wave of the 1918 flu epidemic, in New York, in February 1919, when she was just 40 years old.
About Courtney Clinton
Courtney Clinton studied illustration at Seneca College and Concordia University, and drawing at the Grand Central Atelier in New York, before going on to work and study at Syn Studio, Concept Art School, in Montréal. She dedicates her practice to self-directed studies in art history (which she publishes on her blog, Graphic Traffic) to inform her painting and drawing. She was a resident at the Toni Onley Artist Workshop in 2015, the Grand Central Atelier Bootcamp in 2017 and the Landscape Atelier’s Mentorship Program in 2019. Her work has been featured as part of the Salt Spring National Art Prize in 2015, the TD Wealth-Thor Wealth Management Art Prize in 2018 and the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series in 2018. Courtney has been interviewed and published by Canadian Art in 2018 and CBC Arts in 2018 and 2020.
About Allison Gregory, Research Assistant to the Project
Allison Gregory graduated from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in December 2018 with a Bachelor’s in Philosophy, along with a background in psychology and art history. Allison found her passion for museum education as an education intern at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts in summer 2018 and has been working and volunteering at museums ever since. She worked at Olana State Historic Site from spring to fall in 2019 teaching visitors about the art, family, travels, and home of Frederic Edwin Church. In February 2020, she started at Rokeby Museum in Ferrisburgh, Vermont as an Education and Interpretation Fellow, creating lesson plans, working on programs, posting about Robinson family history and art, and other exciting projects. Allison is very excited for Rokeby Museum’s collaboration with Courtney Clinton on a project around artist Rachael Robinson Elmer.
Mending Fences: New Works by Carol MacDonald
Sunday, July 12, 2:00–5:00 pm
Join Vermont artist Carol MacDonald for informal conversation to celebrate the opening of her new exhibit. Inspired by the culture of repair she found at Rokeby while attending the 2019 Contemporary Art at Rokeby artist lab, Carol has created a series one-of-a-kind monoprints, and intervened on a collection of broken household items, many of which were stored away in the attic of the Robinson family home.
Exhibit curator Ric Kasini Kadour has written a companion book to the exhibit, and this will be available for purchase.
Please note: face masks and physical distancing is currently required at Rokeby Museum. For this reason, the afternoon opening is planned as a drop-in event. Access to the gallery will be managed; please know that there may be a short wait to enter.
Additional Programs for Summer and Fall 2020 are postponed at this time. Check back for announcements should we be able to offer them, or sign up to receive the museum’s e-news announcements.