Like all learned skills, drawing improves with effort and time. This workshop serves as an introduction to drawing. You will leave the workshop with a sense of hopefullness based on a series of lessons that make drawing easier and more fun. Believe it or not, drawing can be learned, even if "you don't think you can draw a straight line with a ruler".
The workshop format includes:
Learning strategies to "see".
Breaking larger images into smaller lines and shapes.
Looking at and drawing a piece of art.
Expanding your notion of what art should look like.
We recommend some basic drawing materials and tools:
Sketchbook - I use a smaller book, about 5-1/2”x8-1/2”, because it’s easy to carry. I attach a pen to the cover so I am always ready to capture the moment. Regardless of size, make sure you get the sketchBOOK, not a pad, and that the paper is for drawing.
Pencil(s) - A standard 2B is fine. If you want to go for a range of pencils include a 6B, soft and dark, and a 4H, hard and light. Go as crazy as you want.
6B Graphite Stick - Use it to lay down a ground, smudge the paper.
Tortillons (Smudge Sticks) - Use to smooth out values.
Erasing Shield - Use to clean up edges and control erasing to specific shapes and sizes.
Eraser(s) - Kneaded Rubber Eraser or Staedtler Mars plastic–you have many options.
Pen(s) - I love a black Sanford, uni-ball micro available at most office supply stores. It has a fine line and allows for a range of strokes from light to dark. If you go to an art supply store you will find a wide range of thicknesses and colors. Test the ones that look interesting and have fun.
Expo Vis-à-Vis wet-erase marker - Use to draw on the Plexiglas picture plane.
Plexiglas - 8”x10” 1/8th” thick clear, use to see three-dimensional images on a two-dimensional plane. Available to many hardware stores.
Mannequin - Use to learn proportions of the human form, and to practice drawing and shading.