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Studio Arts: Drawing Classes

Studio Arts Course

Beginning Drawing - In Person

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 - 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

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.

Studio Arts Course

Drawing Light… and How the Masters Did It

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET

In this 4-session class, learn the strategies artists such as Rembrandt, Turner, and Cézanne, used to harness light and unify, intensify, and give dimension to their images. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Studio Arts Course

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain - In Person

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 - 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET

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.

Studio Arts Course

Keeping Up the Sketchbook Habit

Saturday, October 15, 2022 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Enrich your sketchbooking skill with new techniques. Learn how to map your day, get creative with colored pencil on mid-tone kraft paper, and draw one object over multiple weeks.

Studio Arts Workshop

Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Drawing for the Everyday Overthinker

Saturday, October 15, 2022 - 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

Get out of your head by drawing the world around you. Through simple drawing activities, learn how to better connect with your sense of vision, recognize how your mind colors your actions and experiences, and gain practice stepping away from your thoughts.

Studio Arts Course

Beginning Drawing

Sunday, October 16, 2022 - 10:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. ET

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.

Studio Arts Course

Beginning Drawing

Monday, October 17, 2022 - 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET

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.

Studio Arts Workshop

Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Drawing for the Everyday Overthinker

Saturday, October 29, 2022 - 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

Get out of your head by drawing the world around you. Through simple drawing activities, learn how to better connect with your sense of vision, recognize how your mind colors your actions and experiences, and gain practice stepping away from your thoughts.

Studio Arts Course

Animal Portraits in Colored Pencil

Thursday, November 3, 2022 - 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Try your hand at animal portraiture, whether done in a realistic or slightly abstract style, while learning the proper use of the colored pencil medium.

Studio Arts Workshop

Drawing on Toned Paper: Winter Botanicals

Thursday, December 15, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Feel free to draw on your personal style in this sketching workshop. The class is for students of all levels who would like to try a new way of recording winter botanicals.