This workshop is all about drawing what you see in the beautiful world of the Emandal Farm.
We’ll have lots of easy exercises that help people draw from truth in looking rather than thinking. We’ll find flow as we work – a sense that the world disappears as we delve into our drawings – and connect with our eyes, tools, environment, and ourselves, leaving the brain behind. While drawing we simply experience what we are looking at. Participants will learn practical skills in drawing as well as tips for tuning into the beauty around them and out of “busy mind” mentality.
We will work in a sketchbook and on a larger drawing board, and we’ll move about the expanse of Emandal for changing views. The days will end with a group review of drawings, and discussion on was important to each of us. Later in the week participants can move into color if they want.
Additional Supplies Participants Must Bring to the Workshop:
18” x 24” pad of paperOne pad of Strathmore Drawing Paper (not sketch paper) in either white (green cover) or off white (brown cover)
The following drawing pencils: 9B, 6B, 3B, HB
One white plastic eraser
One kneaded eraser, large
One pencil sharpener
2 or 3 charcoal pencils, Generals 2B and 6B (and HB if you like)
One small packet of soft vine charcoal
3 or so sticks of compressed charcoal
One sketchbook with drawing paper that you like that is 11” x 14”
Any other drawing materials that you have that you like
If you’d like to move into color later in the week please bring any supplies you’d like to use.
The more supplies the merrier!
About the Instructor
I’ve been drawing, painting and making sculpture about the landscape since my first days in art school. Learning how to draw what I see has given me a base for everything else I’ve done in the arts. When I look at something to draw it I’m connecting with the thing. If I’m truly looking there is no room for my assumptions about the thing. I’m connecting with it, my tools, myself, and not much else.
From that truth in observation our judgments fall away and we make from our most honest selves. Who we are and how we see become part of our work. We actually show up in our drawings!
I have three degrees in art and teaching, and I have a thriving studio practice in San Anselmo. I’ve been teaching art for over 30 years in Bay Area institutions and am currently teaching in a local art center, with the community through library events, and privately from my studio or in the field.