Sketching Sound

liisasilander | Tue Apr 30, 2019
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Last Sunday (April 28) the Main Gallery at the RISD Museum was alive with students making music and art at the same time. 

Called Sketching Sound, the annual event brings together Music majors from Brown, who perform chamber music surrounded by classical paintings hung salon-style, and RISD Illustration students, who make sketches as they listen and absorb the ambiance. 

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“Activating all senses can inspire new approaches to creating art,” says longtime Illustration faculty member Lenny Long MFA 83 PR (above right), who has been spearheading the event for the past few years. 

Students work on a drawing for only as long as each musical piece is played, and at the end of the performance they display their work. 

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Since the Museum is also open to the public at the same time, visitors are invited to either grab a pencil and join the sketching—or just listen and watch as musicians and artists do their thing.