Learning to Draw

4 Mondays, June 5-26, 6:30-9:00 PM
Doug Garder

Beginning with simple geometric forms and maturing to more complex forms, such as the human figure and linear perspective, learn how to see and feel what you are drawing in a variety of drawing media, such as charcoal, graphite, black India ink, black & white conte chalk, and even pastels on various kinds of paper. You will study such basic drawing concepts as contour line, cross contour, negative space, gesture, value (cross-hatch, ink and wash, chiaroscuro), and one- and two-point linear perspective.

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Pen & Ink Drawing

Tuesday evenings in June – August
Doug Garder

Do you like fine line work, like Albrecht Durer’s engravings or Rembrandt’s etchings? Explore the nuances of drawing with a variety of steel pen nibs on white paper to create graphically concise images, using stippling & cross-hatching to build your tonal variations. Perhaps add a light wash of watercolor afterwards to perk things up! Bring in some landscape or lizard photos to work from and see what you can do. Many demonstrations will be offered.

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From Sketch to Print; Plein Air to Studio

3 Thursdays, June 15-29, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Robyn L. Smith

Class will meet at a Conservatory, Arboretum, or local garden (location TBA) for the first class to sketch the plants, birds, and insects directly from life. Allow the buzzing biosystem with the butterflies, the flowers, the bees, and the birds to inhabit your drawings. We will have a short introduction to block printing during the first class as well. For the second class, we will meet at WBCA and create a woodblock print from your sketches, which you will already have drawn directly onto the wood. In this class you will learn to carve your block and to prepare it for printing. For the third class, we will complete any unfinished carving at WBCA and then make several prints of your selected image.

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Urban Sketchers

Thursday evenings in June – August
James Nutt

Urban Sketching in White Bear Lake! Urban Sketching happens indoors and out! Join instructor/architect James Nutt in this casual multimedia class in the spirit of the Urban Sketchers movement. Urban Sketchers is a nonprofit group started in 2007 with international and local presence with a goal of seeing the world one sketch at a time. The first class will start at the art center and discuss examples of work, portable mediums, travel kits, tips and tricks, and lessons learned. The subsequent classes will meet at Washington Square in downtown White Bear Lake and surrounding venues. The instructor will help with critique and encouragement. This class is open to all skill levels, sketchers and painters, all portable mediums, and generally done in sketchbook-size media. Class will discuss tools of the trade but at minimum bring a sketchbook and pen/pencil. Suggested reading/browsing: The Art of Urban Sketching: Drawing on Location Around the World.

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Drawing the Horse from Life

Saturday, June 17 OR June 24, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Robyn L. Smith

Draw the horse in motion and face-to-face on-site at Idylwood Equestrian Center. Start with loose sketches and work up to a fully-composed drawing. Emphasis will be placed on proportion, expressive line, value, and composition. Experience the excitement and energy of drawing the magnificent horse up close and personal.

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Drawing What You See

4 Mondays, July 10-31, 6:30-9:00 PM
Thomas E. Stewart

In this drawing class Tom will present some fundamental steps to drawing still lifes, landscapes, animals, portraits, and people in perspective. This will be an organic approach to drawing in perspective. One evening of class will be held outside. Working outside will introduce you to drawing landscapes in perspective. No drafting tools required. Drawing will be with pencil, charcoal, and paper. This class will be a good stepping stone for Tom’s painting classes.

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Pocket Sketching

Wednesday-Friday, September 20-22, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Kath Macaulay

This is the perfect technique for travel journaling, hiking, biking, sauntering, or sitting in a café. Students will learn to capture what they think they see in 25 minutes or less using a water soluble pen, a 4 x 6 inch pad of paper, and a small paint set. This class is ideal for the timid beginner to learn to paint fearlessly in public, and for the advanced artist who wants minimal equipment, total portability, speed, no interruptions, and no clean-up. To quote a former student at Canyon Ranch, “You just changed my life: I can do this!” $40 material fee covers paint set, paper, water soluble pen, and water container. Please sign up at least 2 weeks in advance for this class.

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