A Sketchy Approach to Understanding Perspective

Thursday afternoons in March – May
James Nutt

Perspective is a challenge for everyone and has a steep learning curve, but with enough understanding and practice it becomes intuitive and even fun. As an architect and an artist, James is in a position to help other artists create work that “feels right” (or at least closer to right). This class series is intended to be a fun and intuitive way to get “close enough” with your sketching to feel right while still keeping things loose. Each class will start with an overview of perspective basics but then dive separately into 1, 2, and 3 point perspective. Using rubber bands and string, you will learn to construct the various perspectives, finding vanishing points, finding centers, rough measuring, placing people, etc. Line quality, line weight, and creating depth will also be discussed in each class. You are encouraged to take all three classes, but any can be taken if you feel comfortable with the overall basics of perspective.

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Pen & Ink Drawing

Wednesday afternoons in March – May
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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Learning to Draw

Friday afternoons in March – May
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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Drawing Cooperative

Thursday evenings: March 23, April 27, and May 25
Various Artists

Explore different subjects with various artists while learning new drawing techniques. Work independently or increase your understanding of a subject introduced by the facilitator. All levels and mediums are welcome.

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Mixed Media Drawing

3 Tuesdays, May 2-23 (no class May 9), 9:30-11:45 AM
Susan Hartzell Vannelli

Have fun learning the key elements of drawing or improving your drawing skills in order to make better paintings. We will learn about the papers and basic tools used, and create a beautiful painting using pencils, colored pencils, charcoal, pastels, pen & ink, and more. No experience necessary!

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Portrait Drawing

4 Tuesdays, May 2-23, 6:00-8:00 PM
Julie Erickson
Capturing the emotion, expression, and/or personality of someone is the biggest challenge and biggest reward of portrait drawing. We will learn to draw individual facial features, then will lay out and complete a full portrait from start to finish. Drawing will be done from photos provided by the instructor.

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How to Draw Faces

Tuesday, May 23, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Suzann Beck

This workshop for beginning as well as advanced artists will emphasize placing and drawing the features of the face accurately. You’ll learn to analyze light and shadow, create a light effect, how to map the features of the face, and how to avoid common errors in portrait drawing. The class will consist of demos covering the principles of drawing a face and hands-on experience drawing from sculptor’s casts and a live model. Drawing experience suggested but not required. Class will break for an hour at noon, please bring a lunch. Model fee included.

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