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CANCELLED-POSTPONED! 6-WEEK CLASS: Sketching for Beginners with SUE HESTON. Tuesdays 5-7pm, Oct 4-Nov 8, 2016


$150 for all six

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Tuesdays, October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 1, 8, 2016

5:00 - 7:00 pm
Register at 206-223-9599

Sketching is such a basic artistic activity - just a pen and a sketchbook. But getting started can be daunting. Whether you want to take your sketchbook on a trip around the world, a local hike, or just spend an afternoon in a coffee shop, this class is aimed at helping you learn how to draw what you see.

In this class we will try out various techniques with pen, pencil and simple washes. We will learn methods for drawing more accurately, talk about “practical perspective”, and also balance those skills with gesture exercises for drawing expressively. You will get advice on putting together your own sketching kit, and practice exercises to help you see like a sketcher.

From Sue:
I have been traveling with a sketchbook ever since college – almost 30 years of sketching! Sketching and travel are inseparable activities for me. I don't even go to the grocery store anymore without my sketchbook. In recent years my sketchbooks have been to Australia, Turkey, Ireland and New York, as well as many local hikes and camping trips. I make occasional forays into block printing, screen printing, paper cutting and collage. To see my work, check out my blog or my Flickr Stream.


FYI – Sketching and drawing tools encompass such a wide range of materials. I want each student to experience a variety of drawing media so I try to keep my list flexible. I have made some brand suggestions below, but they should not be considered restrictive. If an exercise calls for a certain type of pen, and you already have a similar one, I want you to be able to use it.

If you are not sure about an item, ask Daniel Smith's staff. They are knowledgeable, and they LOVE to give advice!

  • Sketchpad –any size from 8x10 to 16x20. Spiral or tape bound – not a hardcover book. Canson, Strathmore are good brands. Be sure to get one with “sketching” paper. We won’t need the heavier drawing or multi-media paper.
  • 1 or 2 sheets of Dark Paper (gray, navy, dark brown) Canson Mi-Teintes or similar
  • Drawing Board – I suggest a DIY one. Here's what you need for an inexpensive drawing board tailored to your sketchbook:
    * Ampersand Hardbord panel a little wider than your sketchbook and 6”-8” taller
    * 2 bulldog clips
    * (optional for people with larger sketchbooks) one of the big rubber bands DS stocks.
  • Waterproof Sketching Pen-Brands to try:
    * Uniball Vision Fine (really, it's the best gel roller type.)
    * Faber Castell brush pens, fine liners
    * and Sakura Microns.
  • Water Soluble Sketching Pen – lots of options here, including most gel pens, Tombow brush pens, Pentel Sign pens.
  • A Very Pale Marker – Tombow or Faber Castell in ivory, sand, blush, etc. Barely visible on your paper for blocking in.
  • Graphite Pencils, HB and 2B – can be mechanical, traditional, or try the Blackwings (they are like a 2B and very smooth).
  • Vinyl Eraser, soft white
  • Drawing Stick in black or brown – look at Conte sticks or the Art Graf Carbon or graphite sticks.
  • White Pencils or Drawing Stick
  • Sticks – Conte, Prismacolor
  • Pencils – Prismacolor, Conte or Faber Castell pencils, China Markers
  • Bamboo Pen and/or a Sumi Brush – the inexpensive Chinese Rounds are fine. Choose large or small to suit your preferences.
  • A small lidded jar for water or ink.

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