Sketched Out: The Humble Beginnings of a Masterpiece

  • Dates: September 28, 2018 - February 24, 2019
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday
  • Location: Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts
  • Address: 427 N. New St., BETHLEHEM, PA 18018
  • Phone: 1-800-360-TOUR
  • Price: One-Site Pass: Adults ($12), Children ages 4 - 17 ($9)Multi-Site Pass: Adults ($20), Children ages 4 - 17 ($12)Children 3 and younger attend FREE!HBMS Members attend FREE!


Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites
Fall Exhibition Sketched Out: The Humble Beginnings of a Masterpiece

On display September 27, 2018 - February 24, 2019

Across three Historic Bethlehem Locations:

  • Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts, 427 N. New Street
  • Moravian Museum of Bethlehem, 66 W. Church Street
  • Luckenbach Mill, 459 Old York Road

Museum and historic site open hours change seasonally! Please check our website for the most current site hours.

A masterpiece often begins with a humble sketch as a crucial part of the creative process. Though the term “sketch” instantly brings to mind fine art, the processes of drafting and planning expands well beyond the field of art. Sketched Out invites visitors to take a look inside the planning process through the quick sketches artists, designers, and craftspeople make. Featuring rarely-exhibited sketches from local artists including Joseph Cantieni, Mae Erdman, Gustav Grunewald, Emil Gelhaar and J. Carroll Tobias that will accompany completed works on display, explore the creative process of these historic artists. See embroidery plans from students at the Ladies’ Seminary, City planning documents, building blueprints and more! Also on display, a can’t miss exhibition of sketchbooks on loan from members of the Lehigh Art Alliance and Bethlehem Palette Club!

Kid’s Club Activities

  • Make your own Sketchbook (KMDA) Every artist needs a sketchbook to keep on hand for when inspiration strikes! Build and bind your own sketchbook, and then use collage techniques to decorate and personalize the cover. Once complete, We’ll use our sketchbooks to gather inspiration from the collection found within the museum.
  • Explore, Draw & Paint in the Museum (KMDA) Using the collection found within the museum as subjects, participants will draw an object and then learn how to add color using watercolor for a completed and colorful work of art.

Sketch Sessions

Join HBMS at the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts for some light refreshments and sketching. Artifacts from the collections will be featured in multiple still-life arrangements to study.

For workshop dates, cost, and time please visit our website.