Workshops  
Beginning Drawing
4-hours, 6-hours or ongoing (3-hour meetings)

Explore basic drawing techniques in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere by engaging in traditional and experimental exercises. Subject matter includes the still life, figure, found imagery, drawing from our surroundings and imagination. Several materials are introduced. No experience is necessary. The $15 materials fee paid to the instructor covers some supplies, use of tools, handouts and/or models.

Materials to bring to class:
  • Rough Newsprint Pad 18 x 24 or larger
  • All purpose drawing sketchbook 9 x 12 or larger
  • Compressed charcoal #s 3B, 4B or Extra Soft
  • Vine charcoal: (ten to twelve sticks - soft)
  • Charcoal pencils #s 6B and 2B
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Conte crayon, black, #2B (or softest)
  • Ebony, woodless or midnight pencil
  • Chamois or flannel cloth
  • Exacto or utility knife
  • Artist's ink pen
  • Workable spray fixative
  • Portfolio for transportation
  • 24" ruler or T-square
Drawing from Photographs
6-Hour Workshop

Photographs are great, but a realistic drawing is even better. No matter what your drawing skill level, it is possible to accurately copy a photograph image once you learn the secrets of how. Your friends will be amazed when they see the results of this workshop! Students are asked to bring a selection of photographs to choose from. They will not be damaged in any way. Everything else is provided. No experience necessary.

Materials to bring to class:
  • A selection of photos to choose from. They will not be damaged.
  • Clip or lap board
  • Masking tape
  • Clear, plastic, sheet protector (office supply)
  • Extra fine tip black Sharpie brand permanent marker
  • Ruler (without margins)
  • Ebony, midnight, or woodless pencil (very soft drawing pencil similar to a 3B #1)
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Exacto knife
  • 9x12 Vellum Bristol paper or Strathmore Smooth Bristol paper, or good quality drawing paper
  • 8 sheets plain typing paper

the photograph

the drawing

EdVenture, UH Maui College student
and her beloved dog's portrait.

EdVenture, UH Maui College attended workshop with her mother and did a fabulous job of drawing birds-of-paradise.
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Exploration of Your Subconscious through the Use of Collage &
Photo Montage

4-Hour Workshop
$25 materials fee


Ever wish you could capture your dreams in some tangible form to share with others or return to later for reinterpretation? By using a technique of rapidly leafing through two-dimensional images and cutting/pasting, students will assemble several compositions that reveal their subconscious. In addition, students will also construct a small book with just one sheet of paper in which to mount their intimate-sized compositions. Students are encouraged to bring their collections to add to their own: Flat objects such as feathers, fabric, old magazines to be cut up, etc. No experience is necessary. The materials fee paid to the instructor covers supplies, handouts and use of tools.
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Student work: Negative space study, 16" x 22" india ink wash on bristol board, 1999 City College of San Francisco.

Students are asked to bring:
  • a portfolio, artist journal or found images (photographs, magazine, Internet etc...) to introduce themselves and interests
  • lap board
  • masking tape
  • bristol board/pad (any size, any finish)
  • watercolor block paper (any size, any finish)
  • mechanical pen (any ot)
  • india ink
  • sumi brush (assorted)
  • plastic lid
  • rag
  • watercolor block paper (any size, any finish)
  • exacto or utility knife
Pen & Ink
4-hours, 6-hours or ongoing (3-hour meetings)

The beauty of the pen and ink technique is that you can explore expressive line in exquisite detail. Although you can't erase, fear not (!) because in this in this workshop you will learn how to let go and allow the medium (uh....materials, not a psychic) to reveal new creative avenues for you to explore. Traditional techniques/concepts that we will work with include hatching, cross hatching, stippling, mapping, positive/negative space relationship and visual weight. Students will also learn about the importance of content. All levels welcome and type A's are specifically encouraged to sign up!
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Perspective Drawing for Absolute Beginners
6-hours or ongoing (3-hour meetings)
$20 materials fee


Are you mystified by how to approach perspective in your drawings? Do you get overwhelmed when you draw an interior room, especially with furniture in it? Does the thought of drawing steps make you sweat? Then this class is for you! Fun, slow-paced and easy to follow, we will sequentially cover traditional one-, two- and three-point perspective as well as alternative techniques such a spatial indicators and atmospheric perspective. Students will also be able to recognize perspective situations in their environments, deconstruct fine art in terms of perspective and invent their own compositions. No experience is necessary. The materials fee paid to the instructor covers handouts. You will be given a list of suggested art supplies upon registration. Weather permitting, we will practice geometric perspective at one local architectural site.

*This 18-hour extended workshop provides students with the opportunity to develop a finished work of art.

**This 24-hour in-depth workshop provides students with the opportunity to develop a personal vision and several finished works of art.
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Student work: Fort Mason nightscape value study, 22" x 22" ebony pencil on paper, 1998 City College of San Francisco.

Student work: Golden Gate Park nightscape value study, 16" x 22" charcoal on paper, 1998 City College of San Francisco.
Value Studies and Their Value in Two-Dimensional Media
4-hours, 6-hours or ongoing (3-hour meetings)

What happens when the lights go out? Color disappears leaving only value (black, white and all the grays in-between) to help you distinguish objects. How does value effect your drawings, paintings, photography, prints and design work? Without contrasts in value, your work will end up muddy and lacking depth. Join us in a workshop that includes slide lecture, discussion, hands-on traditional art school projects* and a Photoshop application demo.

Dress for a mess. We will be using drawing pencils and acrylic paints. No experience is necessary.

Please bring the following to class:
  • a portfolio, artist journal or found images (photographs, magazine, Internet etc...) to introduce yourself and interests
  • black acrylic paint
  • white acrylic paint
  • acrylic brush
  • palette paper
  • jar for water
  • small bar of soap
  • lap board
  • bristol board/pad (any size, any finish)
  • ebony, woodless or midnight pencil
  • exacto or utility knife
  • kneaded eraser
*Projects are suitable for inclusion in professional portfolios (job or school applications).
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