Skill Level: For the Beginner and Intermediate Student
Art Stay III: September 17-21, 2018
Class Enrollment Status: Accepting Students
We will sketch in nature using dip pens, fountain pens and brushes. Basic techniques and new approaches will be covered and we will work on creating depth and detail. Ink washes, cross-hatching, dots and stippling, are just some of the exercises we will explore.
Realistic representation will not be the goal but emphasis will be on enjoying nature first, then using your skills of sketching to deepen your experience. Small details will be examined with a magnifying lens and discussion on creating a successful composition will be covered. Finish your drawings with a little color for a final flourish. Learning from each other, discussions on art and life, and experiencing nature will be the creative mix.
To feel comfortable and confident taking a sketchbook anywhere and using it
To understand your art materials and be able to use them correctly
To finish sketches that have depth, definition and completeness
To be able to evaluate, discuss, and make improvements to your work (if needed)
To spend time in nature, enjoying, observing, and experiencing the environment
At least two sketchbooks. If you are going to buy one, check out Stillman or Birn; they are very good. Get one that is made for ink and water. Bring whatever you already have.
Bristol paper in a pad. Strathmore 400 or Strathmore 300 Bristol, vellum or smooth types are good. The smallest pad is 9 x 12; and under $10
Pens. Dip pens, a variety of points. Speedball points (nibs) and Speedball handles are fine. Have a variety of 3-4 and a couple of handles. Also, get a crow quill (these have brown plastic handles with little nibs.
Fountain pens. Don’t spend a lot of money. If you don’t have one, that’s ok. If you can get a cheap one, fine. They are great for traveling around and sketching without worrying about spilling ink. Get the type you can add your own ink to.
Brushes. Bring some soft brushes. If you have a squirrel mop or sable or sable mix brush that would be great. Don’t spend a lot of money on these. Bring at least two water brushes. These are brushes with empty plastic reservoirs for water or diluted ink. All art stores know what these are and they are reasonable.
Ink. India ink or a good black ink. If you’re going to buy some ink, google Noodlers ink and get Polar Black; or Heart of Darkness. A bottle will cost $10 at least, so it is expensive. Flax has this ink in Berkeley.
Empty Ink bottles. Bring a selection of small bottles with tightly closable lids. These could be jam jars with a rubber seal. They will be used to mix up your ink wash liquids. You need at least three.
Watercolors. bring a small set if you have them or brings some in tubes to put on a tray. We will apply some watercolor washes to paper the night before and sketch on them the next day.
Pencils. These will be for light sketching. A variety of hard to soft, such as an H, a 2B, a 4B. Also, a kneaded eraser.
Little rags, paper towels, a little sponge, a container or bag to carry everything around.
Binoculars. bring whatever you have so you can look more closely at what you are drawing. If you have a set of close-in binocs, like the Pentax Papilio, 8.5 x 21, that’s great.
Folding Chair. something very small that you can carry around, but this is optional.
Clothing that may get ink on it.
“Linda is truly a dynamic art teacher; she is patient, fun, inspiring and does an excellent job of explaining technique. I always come away feeling encouraged and supported when I take a class from her. My artistic skills have benefited greatly from working with Linda via her love of art and her love of nature.”–Cindy Morninglight
“I thoroughly enjoyed Linda’s class. She didn’t just teach me, she inspired me to try new techniques. The class was upbeat and fun, and I went away feeling expanded.“–Daphne Gillen Alexander
About the Instructor
A native Californian, Linda moved to Mendocino County in the 1970’s to enjoy nature and live more of a county life. She has always been involved in many types of art-making, from art quilts and weaving to drawing, painting and sketching. Self-expression through the arts and teaching have been her passions. She has a BA and MFA in art from San Francisco State and a Teaching Credential from Dominican College. She has taught at the Mendocino Art Center, Arrowmont, Japan Handicrafts in Tokyo, Art Quilt retreats, San Francisco State University, and for many year, has taught art in high school. Now retired, she maintains a studio in Willits and works on her art full time. Painting redwood trees is her new focus. Her work can be seen at the GRO Gallery in Point Reyes, Ca., and is in the collection of MAD (Museum of Art & Design in NYC), International Quilt Study Center Museum in Nebraska, Mendocino County Museum, Jack Walsh Collection, Emandal, and many private individuals. For more info: lindamacdonald.com and en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linda_MacDonald