Sketchbook Skills 1 [Loosen Up! Gesture Drawing]

ABOUT THIS EVENT
Event Category

Arts & DIY

Event Overview

I firmly believe that keeping a sketchbook has made me a more complete person and is indispensable for making art. I'd love to share the practical skills I've learned that will nourish & enrich your creativity!

Technique, creativity, and confidence are all built in the laboratory of a sketchbook. I'm aiming to empower participants of all skill levels to get the maximum benefit from this basic creative tool. Each class has a theme, rather than a specific technique, which will challenge any level of experience. Learning how to use your sketchbook, like any other tool, takes practice and benefits from a foundation of fundamental skills.


SO WHAT'S THE STORY THIS WEEK? 
Gesture drawing, or loose, quick sketching, is the bedrock upon which virtually all drawing skills are built. Additionally, gesture is a practice that can always be developed regardless of your experience level; it's like yoga for drawing, it's about the journey rather than a destination. 

Participants will learn how to use gesture drawing as: 
-a warm-up exercise to improve overall output
-a method to quickly capture a setting
-a tool for planning composition
-a means to an end for making expressive finished drawings


Click the link for more info, updates, & photos on my FB event page:


https://www.facebook.com/events/536941069833586/



 I'm teaching this class as a series, but each class covers a topic unto itself. I'll cover the "Big 3" skills that make keeping a sketchbook beneficial & enjoyable:


Class 1. Gesture drawing to sketch quickly; Sketchbook technique & habits.


Class 2. How to learn technique from the historical Masters.


Class 3. How to use nature to be your greatest teacher through landscape drawing.

You don't need ANY previous art education to use a sketchbook- you just need the willingness to try to learn a new skill and the bravery to fail a little bit along the way. Personal drawing habits, which are essentially journaling with pictures, can encourage self-awareness by providing a safe place for both conscious and unconscious expression.

What to Bring

-a sketchbook (you'll get the best results with a sketchbook that's around US Letter sized)
-your preferred drawing utensils (pencils, pens, charcoal, markers, etc.. keep it simple. Email me if you'd like some suggestions)
-eraser (I prefer white vinyl)

Minimum age

All ages welcome

What's Provided

I'll provide my own selection of drawing materials as examples or if students want to try out something new to see if they like it.

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Lauren B has been drawing and illustrating for her whole life. In 9 years of working as a tattoo artist, she was provided the perfect trial-by-fire arena to develop her technical illustration skills. Her passion lies in demystifying the whimsy that shrouds the creative process & empower those who are looking for practical tools. Her goal is to lay a foundation for students to take those grounded skills into their loftiest possible heights.

EXPERIENCE REVIEWS

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    Holly S.
    Reviewed on 08/12/16

    Lauren is a fantastic teacher -- she is lively, engaged, and well-prepared. I haven't taken a drawing class in over 20 years and my skills are quite rusty. This class is a perfect overview of all the things I needed, reminders, and skills practice. It would be fabulous for a beginner or a rusty old timer like me. I even got homework (the fun kind).

    Lauren is a fantastic teacher -- she is lively, engaged, and well-prepared. I haven't taken a drawing class in over 20 years and my skills are quite rusty. This class is a perfect overview of all the things I needed, reminders, and skills practice. It would be fabulous for a beginner or a rusty old timer like me. I even got homework (the fun kind).

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