The Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation is launching an exciting new drawing class with Ben Degen called Drawing as a Process for Visual Thinking

Drawing as a Process for Visual Thinking explores the process of drawing as a powerful dialectic tool that can be used to generate new ideas and navigate through subtle and complex concepts. The class will work on both collaborative drawing experiments and individual drawing investigations. Though exercises will be concerned with building drawing skills and proficiency, the main focus will be the goal of achieving individual clarity in our drawing process. We will investigate the practice of mark making as a means to engage in a dynamic dialogue with each other, with ourselves, and with the world around us. 

The class will consist of eight Saturday sessions (October 18 - December 13) from 12-4pm. You can register for this long-form class here or check out other classes offered by Pioneer Works here

Location: 159 Pioneer Street (between Imlay & Conover streets) in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

Installation in progress! Thread Lines’ opening is Thursday, 6-8pm. Ellen Lesperance is one of 16 artists in the exhibit. #threadlines #drawing (at The Drawing Center)

A closer look at “The Defender (Faces of War)” 1942. Opening reception for Xanti Schawinsky’s 1940s drawings “Faces of War” and “Head Drawings” is this Thursday, 6-8pm. FREE.

Almost done installing! Opening reception for Xanti Schawinsky’s 1940s drawings “Faces of War” and “Head Drawings” is this Thursday, 6-8pm. FREE. (at The Drawing Center)

Close up of Anne Wilson rehearsal. Wilson and her team are working on her performance piece that will be in Thread Lines, Sept 19-Dec 14. Opening reception is this Thursday, 6-8pm.

We are unpacking and installing Thread Lines today. Lenore Tawney is one of the 16 artists in the exhibit. Join us for the opening reception this Thursday, 6-8pm (at The Drawing Center)

We are unpacking and installing Thread Lines today. William J. O’Brien is one of the 16 artists in the exhibit. Join us for the opening reception this Thursday, 6-8pm (at The Drawing Center)

Xanti Schawinsky drawings are being installed! Opening Reception is this Thursday, 6-8pm. (at The Drawing Center)

Come to our Opening Reception this Thursday! See two new exhibits for FREE. 6-8pmThread Lines + Xanti Schawinksy: Head Drawings and Faces of War:Thead Lines: This group exhibition features 16 artists who engage in sewing, knitting, and weaving to create a wide-range of works that activate the expressive and conceptual potential of line and illuminate affinities between the mediums of textile and drawing.Xanti Schawinksy: Head Drawings and Faces of War: The exhibition focuses on two bodies of work Schawinsky made between 1941 and 1946, Faces of War and the Head Drawings. The former are man-machine hybrids that could represent either an aggressive enemy or a powerful avenger—or perhaps an identity that encompasses both. The Head Drawings allowed Schawinsky to literally remake his own “portrait” out of such detritus of the natural world as thread, crystals, rope, and rocks. Images: from Thead Lines - Louise Bourgeois, Untitled, 2006, Fabric, 15 x 22 1/4 inches. Courtesy Cheim & Read, New York © The Easton Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.Xanti Schawinsky, Architectural Design, 1945, mixed media, water color and black pen on paper, 20 3/4 x 28 7/8 inches (52.7 x 73.4 cm), Copyright and courtesy of The Estate of Xanti Schawinsky, Switzerland. Come to our Opening Reception this Thursday! See two new exhibits for FREE. 6-8pmThread Lines + Xanti Schawinksy: Head Drawings and Faces of War:Thead Lines: This group exhibition features 16 artists who engage in sewing, knitting, and weaving to create a wide-range of works that activate the expressive and conceptual potential of line and illuminate affinities between the mediums of textile and drawing.Xanti Schawinksy: Head Drawings and Faces of War: The exhibition focuses on two bodies of work Schawinsky made between 1941 and 1946, Faces of War and the Head Drawings. The former are man-machine hybrids that could represent either an aggressive enemy or a powerful avenger—or perhaps an identity that encompasses both. The Head Drawings allowed Schawinsky to literally remake his own “portrait” out of such detritus of the natural world as thread, crystals, rope, and rocks. Images: from Thead Lines - Louise Bourgeois, Untitled, 2006, Fabric, 15 x 22 1/4 inches. Courtesy Cheim & Read, New York © The Easton Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.Xanti Schawinsky, Architectural Design, 1945, mixed media, water color and black pen on paper, 20 3/4 x 28 7/8 inches (52.7 x 73.4 cm), Copyright and courtesy of The Estate of Xanti Schawinsky, Switzerland.

Come to our Opening Reception this Thursday! See two new exhibits for FREE. 6-8pm

Thread Lines + Xanti Schawinksy: Head Drawings and Faces of War:

Thead Lines: This group exhibition features 16 artists who engage in sewing, knitting, and weaving to create a wide-range of works that activate the expressive and conceptual potential of line and illuminate affinities between the mediums of textile and drawing.

Xanti Schawinksy: Head Drawings and Faces of War: The exhibition focuses on two bodies of work Schawinsky made between 1941 and 1946, Faces of War and the Head Drawings. The former are man-machine hybrids that could represent either an aggressive enemy or a powerful avenger—or perhaps an identity that encompasses both. The Head Drawings allowed Schawinsky to literally remake his own “portrait” out of such detritus of the natural world as thread, crystals, rope, and rocks.

Images: from Thead Lines - Louise Bourgeois, Untitled, 2006, Fabric, 15 x 22 1/4 inches. Courtesy Cheim & Read, New York © The Easton Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.

Xanti Schawinsky, Architectural Design, 1945, mixed media, water color and black pen on paper, 20 3/4 x 28 7/8 inches (52.7 x 73.4 cm), Copyright and courtesy of The Estate of Xanti Schawinsky, Switzerland.

Close up of Anne Wilson rehearsal. Wilson and her team are working on her performance piece that will be in Thread Lines, Sept 19-Dec 14. Opening reception is next Thursday, 6-8pm. (at The Drawing Center)