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18thc. Military Topographical Drawing Workshops

Saturday, September 10, 2022 01:00 PM - 04:00 PM


We are pleased to welcome back James Lancel McElhinney, Author of the Sketchbook Traveler book series for the first of three sessions capturing the seasons as summer turns to fall. History comes alive at what was once considered "The Gibraltar of North America". Learn the concepts and techniques behind topographical watercolor landscape painting that were practice by Thomas Davies, Thomas Pownall, and other British military officers who documented the terrain of Crown colonies along the Atlantic seaboard, and the newly-captured territories of Canada. 

In the 18th century, military officers–especially engineers and artillerists–were expected to have mastered several arts practiced by civilians; notably drawing and penmanship. The high command believed that apart from drawing being a necessary skill, artistic training would make keener observers of military officers in many situations, including on the battlefield.  

All media are welcome, including photography. No prior training required. Adults 18 years + are welcome. Some materials will be provided. To register please visit: https://needlewatcher.com/marketplace/military-topographical-drawing-crown-point-state-historic-site/

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