Basic drawing skills for painters and pastelists are easy to learn and to apply to your personal style. Students will learn simple methods for getting the subject onto the paper or canvas. These skills free the artist from the need to trace or project their image. The benefit of working this way is that the artist is free make changes to the composition as they work. The whole painting is therefore more flexible and under the artist’s control. This course is appropriate for both beginners and experienced students.
The mission of this class is to give experienced artists a time and place to work out their own vision with aid from an instructor experienced with a variety of art materials and styles. Student should have experience with their medium of choice.
Learn the simple and serene world of painting Sumi-e (painting with ink) and Japanese Kanji Calligraphy (Shodo). This casual class is for anyone and covers the basic skills of Japanese brush painting for beginners, as well as more advanced techniques for experienced learners. Learn Shodo techniques with Japanese brushes. Master brushstroke control to draw Japanese characters, such as "heart" and "moon." The class also focuses on Sumi-e to draw images, such as Bamboo and Koi fish. Learn the historical and cultural background of Shodo and Sumi-e. The lecture will be minimal with focus on plenty of hands-on studio time. Learn how to balance Yin and Yang, using the contrast of ink to create the desired results. *A $10 materials fee is paid directly to the instructor to cover cost of sumi ink and use of Japanese brushes for session. Instructor will provide a variety of Japanese papers to try in the first class.
Try something new – an intuitive approach to drawing. Have some fun and take a break from perfectionist realism. Learn how the elements and principles of design apply to all visual art, and then explore how to use them to create a non-objective drawing which still has meaning. Open to all drawing media - colored pencil, watercolor pencil, pastel, pen or marker.
Learn to draw anything by learning to see as an artist sees, with emphasis on the perception of contour, negative space, proportion and value. Excellent foundation for beginners, also sharpens experienced drawing skills. Improving your drawing skills is invaluable in all of your other creative pursuits. Based on "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" by Betty Edwards, this class develops your perceptual skills.
Neat, portable and inexpensive, colored pencils can be used for any style work, from rough sketches to finely detailed realism. Students experiment with color and techniques for a full range of special effects. Emphasis on developing an individual style through personal guidance from instructor and class discussion. Some background in drawing necessary. All new students receive a drawing pad and a special eraser.
Colored pencil is an ideal medium for portrait drawing. This 2-day workshop focuses on techniques for drawing skin, eyes, hair and other details of portraiture. It will also include general information on facial structure and proportions and tips for bringing personality to your portraits. You will learn the best colors to use for matching skin tone and hair color. Backgrounds and clothing will also be discussed. Stonehenge paper, one of the best surfaces for colored pencil portraits, will be provided.
This is a 1 day workshop.
Artists’ fine line markers are not just for careful detail work – they’re also great for quick sketches. With the addition of color – with colored pens, a few colored pencils, watercolor pencils, pastels or watercolors – you can create fresh and lively frameable art or fill a journal. Forget erasing and fixing things, just loosen up and have fun drawing! (Weather permitting, this class will draw outside too.)
No Instructor/Monitor only
This open studio class is open to intermediate / advanced students and professional artists. Maximum 12 participants. Work in your media of choice on studies of the live model.
Students may pay a drop-in fee the night of class (cash or check only) $12 for members / $15.00 for Non Members. You MUST show your membership card to receive the Member price. You may also register on line and pay in advance.
Figure drawing is timeless and important because it seeks to portray the complex beauty of the human person. In this course, students will be taught how to draw the nude human figure from a live model using charcoal and chalk on paper. Prior drawing experience and some knowledge of basic drawing concepts, such as perspective, is recommended. Lessons will use a structural approach geared towards helping students draw what they see. Primarily, the class will consist of demonstrations, gesture drawings, various quick exercises, and long pose drawings. There will also be individualized help when necessary.
This is an open studio for intermediate and professional artists to work from a live model in their choice of media. The model will take the same pose for the duration of the time, with short breaks every twenty minutes.
Capturing the likeness of a person in a portrait is a challenging yet important part of learning to draw people. In this workshop, students will learn drawing techniques through demonstrations by the instructor and then apply what they've learned by drawing real-life models. There will be a strong focus on proportion, structure, and value (lights and darks).
This course introduces beginning students to basic studio and plein-air (outdoor) drawing techniques in charcoal, graphite and ink. Students will learn from direct observation from a variety of still life objects. Exercises will develop the students' skill in creating line, tone, volume and composition. Typical class exercises will include quick sketches or gesture studies and long poses. Vine charcoal (medium) and 18X24" medium weight drawing paper pad are required for the first class.