Sketching Basics: Anybody Can Do It!

Date: Saturday Jul 8 from 10:00am to 1:00pm.
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Through  lecture and working exercises, even if you’ve never drawn before, you can learn to sketch!  

  • Learn three ways of visual thinking—training your hand and eye to work together as you sketch what you see— using line, shape, volume.  
  • Try simple contour drawing.
  • See shapes and volumes and apply those skills in still life setups and outdoors in cityscapes and landscape.  
  • Understand simple perspective rules, sketch set-ups, sight measuring, basic composition.  
  • Explore sketching tools and materials using pen and ink, watercolors, colored pencils and pastel pencils. 
  • Develop your ability to switch among these three ways of visual thinking to help you sketch faster and be more flexible in your approach. 
  • Take home handouts that will give you ideas and tips for continuing to develop your sketching abilities. 

$10 materials fee is included in the cost of the workshop!

Materials List

Sketchbook at least 5X7”, paper weight at least 80-90 pound: Fabriano, Arches, Hand.Book, Stillman & Birn, Strathmore (400 or 500 series), any others you prefer

Black waterproof pen, such as Fine-Point Sharpie, Sakura Pigma Micron pen, Prismacolor Fine Line Pen, Staedtler Pigma Liner Sketch Pen, Faber-Castell Pitt Pen. Test for waterproof quality before you buy.

Lead Pencil, #2 is fine.

Eraser, rubber kneaded eraser or other not-smear soft eraser

Watercolor palette: If you have none, here are colors to have in a simple palette:  The 12 color watercolor palette commonly consists of the following: warm and cool versions of the three primary colors (yellow, red, blue), violet red, a warm and a cool green, two earth tones, and a black or neutral grey.  A simpler beginning palette consists of warm and cool versions of the three primaries, an earth tone and a green.  Thus: Hansa Yellow Medium or New Gamboge, Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Red, Perm. Alizarin Crimson, French Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue, Burnt Sienna, Veridian or Sap Green.  Good additions: Quinacridone Gold, maybe Sepia, Payne’s Grey, Manganese Violet, Cobalt Blue.  Use Artist Grade paints, preferred: Daniel Smith, Winsor & newton, Schmincke, M. Graham. (Cotman is student grade.)

Brushes:  Watercolor brushes #8 round, ½” flat;’ or bring whatever you usually use.

Misc.:  Paper towel, water brush if you have one. 

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