We met today at Centennial Plaza, Montrose, Colorado for the first session in improving on site architectural sketching. Beginning with pencil, we practiced getting correct proportions in an elevation view of City Hall. After recording big shapes, we added smaller shapes, and finished with architectural details and foundation plantings. Using a fine tip waterproof marker, we refined shapes. Then students were introduced to techniques for adding watercolor to enhance their sketches.
Students learned new skills and gained confidence in their drawings. Said one participant, “I wish I had known this when I went to Durango last month.” We will continue these ideas next month, again focusing on elevation view and proportions. Drawing is a learned skill. With instruction, support, practice, tips, and techniques, you will learn to capture a sense of place in your sketch book.
Join us for the next “A Sense of Place” sketch journal workshop. There is always review of concepts and techniques, so don’t be intimidated if you miss a class. You can catch up in no time! Sign up using this link: WORKSHOP REGISTRATION
We meet monthly on the second Tuesday or Saturday of each month :
I am offering two approaches to sketch journaling this summer. In Montrose we will focus on capturing a sense of place through the study of onsite perspective. In Gunnison we will express our thoughts, ideas, and feelings through visual journaling.
The Montrose Class is designed for those
who want to use journals to record their travels, but have found perspective difficult. If you have struggled with perspective, I will present an easy system to convey accuracy in your drawings with perspective. Drawing is a skill, and it can be learned. Drawing is not just for “natural artists.” If you love to travel and want to make your trips more meaningful, join us at Centennial Plaza at Tuesday, June 13 from 4:30-6:30 PM. Bring a small sketch book, pencils, eraser, straight edge or drafting square, fine line black pen, small watercolor kit with a brush, (like Prang student watercolors), small cup for cleaning the brush, and a sponge. REGISTER HERE $25 We meet either the second Tuesday (4:30-6:30) at Centennial Plaza or Saturday (2:30-4:30) at Backstreet Bagels each month. Dates: TUESDAY- June 13; July 11; November 14; SATURDAY- August 12; September 9; October 14; December 9
The Gunnison Class is designed for those
who have kept journals or want to start keeping a journal with more pizzazz than simply writing about the day. We will use a variety of visual strategies to bring your journals alive with drawings, color, pattern, and text. Classes are held at the Gunnison Arts Center through a partnership with Western State Colorado University. Optional university credit is available for these classes. Classes begin Wednesday June 14, 2017 and run every other Wednesday through August 9th. To register, contact Gunnison Center for the Arts 970-641-4029 or use this link: GAC EDUCATION
Just a quick sketch while we sipped our beers. Gardens abound everywhere in Mexico- not just on the ground or in courtyards. You find them on almost every rooftop, even welded to windows in small apartments.
Horses! Total synesthesia: pure poetry in motion; my original raison d’être for painting in watercolor. “Noble” evolved from the contour line studies and sketch classes I have been giving this summer. Using saturated color and pure water with a large mop brush- value, color, and form developed from the contour lines based on the pencil study for this work.
“Noble” will be one of the featured works for my upcoming show at the Blue Pig Gallery running Sept 1-30, 2016. For more information about this show, visit the following link:
Do you enjoy journaling? Do you think visually? Would you like to improve your skills to express yourself creatively in the language of art? Join us on the second Saturday of the month, at Backstreet Bagels for the sketch journaling workshop series. These classes will improve skills of observation and expression using a variety of art media for recording daily life experiences, travel experiences, and experiences in the wild. With each class addressing separate skills, classes need not be taken sequentially, in a strict order. Choose, (like a menu), the classes you wish to take. Each class will conclude with suggested exercises to hone your skills and keep you motivated.
SESSION THREE: “How Many Ways?”
This session will give you strategies to nurture your creative expression through discovering multiple approaches to express one subject. (In this class, we will address all the Elements of Art- line, shape, color, value, form, texture, & space)
WHEN July 9, 2016 1:00 – 2:00 PM instruction, 2:00 – 3:00 exploration
WHERE Backstreet Bagels, (in the garden weather permitting), 127 North Townsend Avenue, Montrose
WHAT TO BRING sketchbook, pencils, kneaded eraser, fine tip marker, a variety of colored media, an interesting object that you would enjoy exploring a variety ways to portray
OPTIONAL TO BRING suggested colored media: watercolors and brushes, colored pencils, pastel pencils, water based markers in a variety of colors with a brush to move color, watercolor pencils, water-soluble graphite pencil, nontraditional media- (old make up such as eyeshadows and blushes, colored soils, etc.)