Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

CLASS ID: 2S07 This class is full. Time/date change from catalog
Date/Time: 5 Mondays, February 19 – March 19, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Suzanne Starks
Some people have always wanted to learn how to draw but have been scared because they lack an artistic background or believe one needs to have “inborn talent.” This unique, two-part series will put those fears to rest, using an acclaimed workbook with drawing exercises that have proven to be highly effective. Learn to access the right side of the brain, which is where non-verbal and creative abilities are concentrated. This series is designed to teach complete novices how to draw and those who already draw to deepen their artistic perception. You will learn the foundation of drawing, “seeing” as an artist sees. You will be challenged by exercises both in and outside of class, and your efforts will be rewarded with the gratification of being able to draw better than you would have ever guessed. Handouts outlining the material, a workbook tailored to the subject, and individual critiques will help everyone accomplish their goal of drawing better. Please register at least a week in advance for this class. Please let the office know if you already have the workbook. Students cannot miss the first week of class. Bring to class: Small pencil sharpener and 12” ruler.

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Pen & Ink Drawing

CLASS ID: 2S09 This class is cancelled. 
Date/Time: 4 Wednesdays, January 10-31, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Date/Time: 4 Wednesdays, February 7-28, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

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 photos to work from and see what you can do. Many demonstrations will be offered. Bring from home: a Speedball pen & ink set with a variety of nibs, black India waterproof ink, white drawing paper, and plenty of patience!

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Let’s Draw!

CLASS ID: 2S11 This class is cancelled. Sign up for February!
Date/Time: 2 Thursdays, January 11 & 25, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Date/Time: 2 Thursdays, February 8 & 22, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Julie Erickson
Collaborate with others to enhance your drawing skills and share the joy of drawing. Instructor will provide tips for problem resolution to the group as well as individual instruction to each student, based on the student’s skill level. All will be encouraged to share their individual tips and techniques. Bring your own drawing projects (still-lifes, portraits, animals, flowers, landscapes, etc.) or choose from images offered by the instructor. This class is designed to build a community of pencil artists, and potentially will be offered on an ongoing basis.

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Paint, Print and Collage

Date/Time: Saturday, February 24, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Bonnie Cutts
Join MN artist Bonnie Cutts for a day of painting with acrylics, applying patterns with stencils, printing with slow drying OPEN acrylics and then working to bring it all together. Apply OPEN paint to your Gelli plate and make multiple prints using stencils and patterns. Paint and draw on your prints, create collages with decorative papers and the prints you make, learn about new materials to draw and paint on and create unique pieces of art. Open to all levels of creative experience and anyone ready to jump in and mix things up.

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Digging Deep Inside

Date/Time: Wednesday-Friday, February 21-23, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Calvin deRuyter
In this Watermedia/Mixed Media workshop, we will explore how to translate your emotions and channel that energy into your work. Some of the instruction will be based on various concepts of “Expressive Drawing”–how that can translate to your beginning point, or into your finished artwork. We will explore the expressive nature of line, shape, color, and texture and how you might use them to communicate your message to your viewers and collectors through your finished artwork. All experience levels are welcome, but come prepared to really stretch your artistic vision in an attempt to move beyond your current thinking.

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Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain II

CLASS ID: 2S08 This class has been moved to spring.  Please look for a new time/date in our spring catalog.

Suzanne Starks
Continue to engage the right side of the brain and learn how to draw more effectively in the final part of this series. The first part focused on the Perception of Edges and of Spaces. This class will concentrate on the Perception of Relationships (proportion and perspective) and of Lights and Shadows (shading). You will use these four drawing skills to re-draw your pre-instruction room corner and self-portrait and be amazed with your level of drawing competency.

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