Hi! Thanks for checking out the Spring Skills Classes and Workshops! These short-format sessions are designed to help you grow creatively and with confidence through drawing, field sketching, and mastering mixed media techniques. We keep the class size small (max. 8) for individual focus and attention. This quarter, I am offering all of the fundamentals classes and adding in some new adventures like “Make Art with Mom” and “Do Art with Dad” geared towards families who want to learn how to draw together.
Celebrate the season and let your creativity bloom!
Please pre-register for classes by contacting me directly with questions or to get signed up at firstname.lastname@example.org. Course Descriptions are below and gift certificates are available.
Are you nervous, but curious about drawing? Would you like to expand your range of drawing media and techniques? Are you a seasoned artist who would like to start exploring nature as subject? In this hands-on class, you will learn how to expertly combine drawing materials, get comfortable with representational and abstract techniques, and learn how to draw a leaf, bird, or animal! This class delivers quick, satisfying results that will help you fall in love with drawing.
INTRODUCTION TO FIELD SKETCH & JOURNALING
Do you get inspired by the natural world? Are you interested in learning how to jot, draw and write, exploring nature as subject? This hands-on class Is designed to help you more deeply explore the natural world of the Methow and learn the fundamental aspects of field sketching, note-taking, and journaling. During the first half of the day, we will master drawing with pencils and pen, and loosen up with some fun writing exercises. We will then apply our new skills in the field, working at a beautiful location in the Methow Valley. This class is designed to grow your thoughts, feelings, and observations of the natural world, while providing easy-to-learn techniques for drawing, journaling, and composition.
No experience is necessary, though a “FUNdamentals” class is recommended as a preparatory course. (see “how to draw a leaf ” or “how to draw birds &critters”)
Abstraction allows us to explore the intrinsic nature of things. This comprehensive workshop is designed to help you bridge the gap between representational drawing and abstraction. The course begins with a series of fun, easy exercises to explore new directions in drawing, composition, proportion, and scale. Emphasizing both technique and perception, you will learn how to draw “the essence” of any subject you choose. Participants will receive individual guidance and support. All levels are welcome.
MASTERING MIXED MEDIA
In this class you will be introduced to the full spectrum of possibilities combining drawing materials and acrylic media. You will also learn how to collage and combine visual ephemera while being supported and encouraged through the process of concept development and composition. Abstract, figurative and representational approaches are all welcome. This class will enable you to push the boundaries of expression while getting a handle on techniques with acrylic paint and drawing. There are no prerequisites for this class. All are welcome. Perfect for printmakers, too!
MAKE ART WITH MOM/DO ART WITH DAD
These family-friendly classes are designed for you to explore art with your parent or child. Through a series of fun exercises, we will draw and paint and learn a little bit about how to make art. This day is all about sharing a fun adventure together in the art studio and maybe discovering a hidden creative talent in your loved one…or yourself! Kids ages 4 and over – and adults of any age are welcome. Makes a great gift, too!