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Quick Sketching and improvising

Thanks to those who attended our workshop on Sunday, November 18th. It was a lively session. We began at Riley Street Art with some demos, a slide show and exploration of materials, focusing on water-soluble pencils used with a water brush.

Our first location, as usual, was at the Mission San Rafael Archangel. Shortly after our arrival about 100 people spilled out of the church and gathered for socializing and snacks provided by vendors. This was a delightful bonus! We had a chance to include some “generic people” in a crowd scene as part of our sketches of the church building and grounds.

Next, we headed for City Plaza, and by then a chill was in the air. We went into the Lighthouse cafe for some hot coffee and decided to stay there for sketching. Several choices there, including shelves full of various liquor bottles, people at the bar, tables and chairs.

The next workshop: Saturday December 22, from 2 to 5pm. Fee: $50.
Ongoing and returning students: you will be given challenges for developing skills at your own pace.

More Quick Sketching workshops

Schedule for my next Quick Sketch sessions at
Riley Street Art Supplies, 1138 4th Street, San Rafael, CA:
Sunday, November 18   12 to 3 pm
Saturday, December 22  2 to 5 pm
Fee: $50 per session
Quick sketch techniques help you develop more confidence in drawing, and enable you to “loosen up”. We’ll do some warm-ups, then go out as a group and sketch in nearby locations. Continuing and first-time students are welcome.
To sign up and get materials list, please email me.

Quick Sketch workshop: Saturday, October 27

Announcing my next Quick Sketch session at
Riley Street Art Supplies, 1138 4th Street, San Rafael, CA
Saturday, October 27   2:00 to 5:00    Fee: $50
 
I will demonstrate quick sketch techniques suitable for beginners or intermediates who want to develop more confidence in drawing, as well as skilled artists who would like to “loosen up”. We’ll do some warm-ups, then go out as a group and sketch in nearby locations. Join me for a lively afternoon of sketching in the “wilds” of San Rafael.
To sign up please send email: [email protected]

Caricature demo and workshop

This month at Riley Street Art Center, 1138 Fourth Street, San Rafael, CA:

September 15, 11 am to 1 pm

FREE DEMO:
I will present a slideshow of celebrity caricatures by a variety of world-class artists. Following that, I will  demonstrate my own techniques, using both traditional and digital media.

September 22, 2 to 4 pm

WORKSHOP:
I will present the basic principles of creating a satirical portrait, by doing a live demo and showing examples in a wide range of styles. Participants will practice drawing caricatures from photos as well as live subjects. Just bring your sense of humor!
Fee: $35, materials provided.

Quick Sketch workshop debuts

The first 3-hour quick-sketch workshop I offered at Riley Street At Supply on Saturday, August 18th was attended by four students, with experience ranging from none to intermediate. After a half-hour or so of preparation, we went out to sketch at two very different locations within two blocks of t he store. Mission San Rafael Arcangel provided the opportunity to sketch traditional architecdtural forms and palm trees in full sunlight. The City Plaza area offered scenes including small storefront eateries, umbrellas over outdoor seating, and modern buildings.

I learned a great deal about helping beginner students avoid some common pitfalls. As for more experienced artists who want to loosen up,  there are some helpful hints for them, too.  From a practical point of view, my materials list will have to include a wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen and water supply. I plan to offer this workshop on a regular basis (monthly?). Stay tuned.

Quick Sketch Demo a Success!

My 2-hour presentation at Riley Street Art Supply “drew a crowd” of about 20 enthusiastic attendees. I showed slides of my sketches, created over several years in a wide variety of settings, and countries. I laid out my pencils, pens and various kinds of paper for folks to practice with. I did only a little actual sketching, and will do much more of that next time.

Here’s a response from one participant, Judith J.

I thoroughly enjoyed your demo on Saturday. Your presentation was warm, funny, informative and helpful. I tried to apply some of your techniques at our Monday Morning Sketching Group in a beautiful garden this morning …. It’s all a wondrous experience.

 

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