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Studio Arts: Drawing Classes

Portrait Drawing

In this class, students will be introduced to the basic steps of how to create a convincing portrait using charcoal or graphite. All levels of experience welcomed.

Date of event
Monday, April 13 to May 18, 2020 – 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Beginning Drawing

This introductory course teaches the basic skills needed for drawing. Working with a variety of materials and techniques, including charcoal and pencils, students explore the rendering of geometric forms, volume, and perspective, with an emphasis on personal gesture marks.

Date of event
Tuesday, April 14 to June 2, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Drawing on the Right Side of Your Brain

Popular theory on right side brain activity holds that the right brain is primarily responsible for the intuitive understanding of visual and spatial relationships. Designed to improve the way people see and record objects on paper, this class provides a set of visual exercises to help build the ability to draw.

Date of event
Wednesday, April 15 to June 3, 2020 – 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Continued Drawing

As an investigation of drawing beyond the introductory level, this course offers practice in using traditional media. Sessions focus on the four traditional subjects of drawing (still-life, landscape, portrait, and figure).

Date of event
Wednesday, April 15 to June 3, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Oil Pastels

Both beginners and seasoned artists can learn to take advantage of the creative possibilities of this rich pigmented, vibrant, and versatile medium.

Date of event
Thursday, April 16 to May 21, 2020 – 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Figure Drawing and Independent Projects

Working from live models, students are encouraged to draw accurate or aesthetically strong works based on the figure. Open to all levels.

Date of event
Friday, April 17 to June 12, 2020 – 10:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. (no class May 22)

Beginning Drawing

This introductory course teaches the basic skills needed for drawing. Working with a variety of materials and techniques, including charcoal and pencils, students explore the rendering of geometric forms, volume, and perspective, with an emphasis on personal gesture marks.

Date of event
Sunday, April 19 to June 14, 2020 – 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (no class May 24)

Developing Your Sketchbook

Boost your creativity and record your thoughts and visual observations of the world around you—and in the process transform your sketchbook into a powerful expression of your inner self.

Date of event
Tuesday, April 21 to May 26, 2020 – 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Colored Pencils

Get a hands-on overview of how versatile colored pencils can bring illustration or fine art alive with rich, vibrant color and a range of effects.

Date of event
Saturday, May 9 and 16, 2020 – 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Colored Pencils II

This one-day workshop is for students who have attended the Colored Pencil workshop or for those with experience who feel their skill may need a boost with this versatile medium.

Date of event
Saturday, May 30, 2020 - 11:00 a.m.

Children’s Book Illustration

Creating illustrations for a children’s manuscript is loads of fun once you get to know the basics. Learn the foundations of bringing a story to life through pictures.

Date of event
Tuesday, June 2, 2020 - 12:00 p.m.

Pastel Portraits

Degas, Manet, and Cassatt achieved remarkable portraits by employing the strong line and luminous color of pastels. Participants in this workshop are introduced to methods for achieving similar results, through sketching or a detailed portrait study. Intermediate students work in the studio with a live model and focus on the elements of portraiture and pastel technique. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Saturday, June 20, 2020 - 10:30 a.m.

The Still-Life in Pastel

Beginning and experienced students work directly from still-life arrangements as they explore the techniques of cross-hatching and layering of color in this one-day workshop.

Date of event
Sunday, June 21, 2020 - 10:30 a.m.

Figure Drawing One-Day Marathon

No matter what your skill level is, challenge your artistic endurance in a fun-filled, 7-hour figure-drawing marathon, featuring a work station for quick poses and one for extended work. A variety of male and female models are featured at each area, and artists may move freely between each.

Date of event
Sunday, June 28, 2020 - 10:00 a.m.