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Drawing with Ink
Ink drawings can be bold and expressive or simple and precise, but they always catch our eye! In this class we will explore various ink drawing techniques and different types of pens. You will learn how to create tone using lines and how to create texture with scribbles. We'll explore how drawing lines with varying widths can create a sense of depth or light and shadow, and how the direction of your lines can describe different angles. The instructor will provide photographs to work from and we will draw both still life and landscapes. This is not a fundamental drawing class so you need to have some drawing experience. All levels are welcome.
Drawing Light & Shadow
Whether it's strong or subtle it's the light, and the shadows it creates, that define how objects look. If you want to draw things so that they look realistic you need to be able to draw light and shadow. In this class you will learn to understand how light moves across an object and how the corresponding shadows are created. Lessons in seeing and drawing direct light, highlights and reflected light will be taught. And the corresponding core shadows, cast shadows and their varying values will be demonstrated. We will begin with single objects and go onto drawing still life set-ups with the complex light and shadows that groups of objects create. You need basic drawing skills for this class.
In this four-week on-line class we'll explore portrait drawing from photographs. Each week a different view-point reference photo will be provided, covering the full-frontal, profile, and three-quarter views. I will demonstrate to start-off the class. The head-shot model, the person whose portrait we'll draw, will also differ each week. Alternatively you may work from any photographs from your own collection. (The easiest photos to use will have a clearly dominant, single light-source.) On the final meeting we'll experiment with various portrait sketches of each other via the Zoom platform! Our basic materials will be charcoal pencils (#2B, 4B, and 6B), good-quality drawing paper, and kneaded-rubber and white plastic erasers. You may also find vine-charcoal and thick sticks of compressed charcoal useful. Please feel free to use any wet media as well, such as pen and ink, or ink washes with a brush.
Improve your watercolor skills! This online class will be based on direct observation from photographs. We will explore layering of color, practice spontaneous painting, and use various materials to create textures. Bring materials to the first class, and a list is online at sharonartstudio.org.
Drawing Studio ~ The Basics - Part 2
There's no time like the present to start or refresh your drawing skills. In this 4-week course, we will review the part 1 basics of expressive line quality, value and shading, and a short-cut to tackling perspective. In this Part 2 series, we will build on this foundation and experiment with composition, mixed media and creating a finished drawing. Minimum Required Materials: For the first class: one pad of sketch paper (no smaller than 9x12, a kneaded eraser, 6B and 4B drawing pencils, and a Sharpie pen (or equivalent brand), fine or ultra fine. Please refer to the Materials list for additional materials and details. Look around your home for objects to draw.
Drawing Studio ~ The Basics - Part 1
There's no time like the present to start or refresh your drawing skills. In this 4-week course, we will explore expressive line quality, value and shading, and a short-cut to tackling perspective. Register for Part 2, to build on this foundation and experiment with composition, mixed media and creating a finished drawing. Minimum Required Materials: For the first class: one pad of sketch paper (no smaller than 9"x12", a kneaded eraser, 6B and 4B drawing pencils, and a Sharpie pen (or equivalent brand), fine or ultra fine. Please refer to the Materials list for additional materials and details. Look around your home for objects to draw.
Drawing and Painting in Pastels
In this online class, students will explore the unique expression of drawing and painting with soft luxurious pastels. Different techniques for blending and overlaying color will be demonstrated. How to use and mix colors will be included along with basic pastel fundamentals. The focus is the natural world, still life and photographic images of nature. Basic drawing experience is required. Students should download a materials list from .
In this online class, we will learn watercolor basics. The dynamics of visual perception and activation of the right-brain faculties will be explored through direct observation of still-life. We'll also practice mixing and applying watercolors upon wet and dry surfaces. Please note: Basic drawing experience is required. Materials list available at sharonartstudio.org.