Upcoming Classes, Workshops & Lectures
Explore how to accurately render a variety of tree forms and the texture of foliage while expressing each tree’s unique character. Working from both photos and plein air, as weather permits, we will learn the basic skills of interpreting light and shadow to render volumes in space and gain an understanding of the dynamic structure of arboreal forms.
In this observational class, you will become skilled in the art of seeing and proficient in drawing what is before you. Emphasis will be placed on simplification of the figure, accurate blocking-in of elemental shapes, and sensitive rendering of light and shadow. You will be introduced to the basics of anatomy and develop a strong understanding of the elements and principles that are the foundation of art-making.
The beauty of nature stirs the emotions and inspires the spirit. Develop an intimate understanding of plant structure while conveying an emotional, aesthetic response to what you see. Each week, you will evaluate the compositional possibilities of a landscape with quick notan (a Japanese word meaning “light-dark balance”) sketches, then settle in for a sustained drawing period focusing on both distant and close-up plant forms. When the weather allows students will draw outside on location including at the Volunteer Park Conservatory and the Washington Park Arboretum.
Have you ever thought “I’d like to draw, but ….” or “I used to draw, but it’s been years (or maybe decades!).” This class offers a no-stress environment for you to relax and enjoy drawing. Learn how to handle charcoal, pencil and pen while working with composition, value and form. You may discover that you already know a lot about drawing and find your confidence growing as you build more skill. A little art history and a lot of fun included!
More than just “black and white” or “light and dark” the concept of “notan” leads us to look more closely at how we structure a painting or drawing. In this one-day workshop you will learn just what “notan” is and develop a feel for what makes a strong composition. Through several hands-on exercises you will learn to sense the dynamics of your composition and thereby gain control of that important foundation of your painting.
Get ready to paint outdoors! In this workshop, we will start off by properly preparing a painting panel. While our panels are drying, we will go over some basic considerations for painting en plein air such as preparing various painting grounds, what supplies you need and how to carry them, traveling with art supplies & wet paintings, and how to paint in public places. Then you will practice setting up what you may already have and get valuable tips for modifying your kit to be more efficient. If you don’t have a plein air kit of any kind, don’t worry! You will be able to use a studio easel! Once set up, you will tone your panel and block in a simple painting. There! You’re ready to paint en plein air!
The more we understand about our subject, the more we know what to look for when drawing and painting from nature. Join me in looking carefully at the anatomy and structure of a variety of trees. We will discuss branching patterns, foreshortening, shadow patterns, how to represent bark and leaves, and how to represent trees both individually and in groups. You will learn to see the overall gesture of a tree from root to crown and discover the advantages of simplification with judicious use of detail.
Personalized mentoring sessions are a great way to make headway with your art! If you are interested in working one on one to hone your skills or even start at the beginning, please book a lesson here.