2 sessions to choose from!
4 classes / Mondays / August 20, 27, (skip Sept 3) September 10, 17/ 6-8pm
4 classes / Mondays / October 29, November 5, 12, 19/ 1-3pm
Registration: Call in, come in, or register online. 425.697.2787
Location: Cole Art Studio, located downstairs on the lower level of Cole Gallery.
107 5th Ave S, Edmonds WA 98020
If you are looking for a great foundational course on drawing, from the ground up, Beginning Drawing is where to start! And you can follow it up with James’ second 4-week series, “More Drawing”, which goes a little deeper into the basics of drawing. If you just need to fill in the gaps in your drawing skills, you can just take one or the other of the courses, because each one is geared to be stand-alone. Below is the description in detail for Beginning Drawing, and we’ve also included some basic info about More Drawing.
The general flow for each class will be an introduction and discussion of a given subject, followed by instructor demonstration, followed by student practicing and drawing.
“Beginning Drawing” – Great Basics
The focus for this course of 4 classes, as the name implies, will be on learning, understanding, and practicing with the basic materials, techniques, and concepts that are the foundation of observational drawing.
Using a minimal and non-intimidating set of tools and materials, the student will learn and practice a variety of pencil holding, sharpening, and mark-making techniques. We’ll be learning critical but sometimes challenging skills of drawing straight lines (horizontal, vertical, and diagonal) as well as curvilinear lines (circles, arcs, ellipses, and combinations thereof). And most importantly the student will develop an overall routine of how to confidently and effectively approach any and every drawing they create, regardless of subject matter. This last skill being critical in alleviating the initial squirming and sweating that can occur when one is about to begin a drawing.
Finally, this first course will also introduce small chunks of more complex techniques and concepts (e.g. measuring/transferring accurate proportions, perspective, 3D structures, composition, and more) that will lay the foundations for the next series.
“More Drawing” – Continuing the Basics
Focus in the second course will be not only on techniques for making accurate measurements of a given object, but more importantly, techniques for transferring that information to your drawing (the latter techniques often being skimmed over or ignored completely). Additionally, students will learn and understand how to arrange and place all the elements of a given drawing into a cohesive and unified composition - which tends to be much more engaging and compelling for the viewer. (More information will be given on the “More Drawing” description page.)
"When it comes to supplies, I’m a big believer in quality over quantity. I’ve always had better success using relatively few, nicer quality tools (and learning how to use them), than having an overabundance of lower quality items. The latter is likely to create frustrations without knowing why." - James Farrand
The following will get you off to a great start:
Staedtler Mars Lumograph 4B (2 of these)
Staedtler Mars Lumograph 8B Pencil (1 is fine)
11"x14" Drawing/Sketching Pad
Kneaded eraser (James prefers General’s brand – the gray ones)
Hard white eraser (Staedler’s ‘Mars Plastic’)
18" x 24" MDF-board w/ 4 medium sized binder clips (James prefers binder clips over bulldog clips). Similar boards, e.g. 23”x26” drawing board with built-in clips are fine as well.
Pencil Sharpener (KUM 2-step)
Small art bin for carrying your art supplies, optional
Ream of basic 8.5 x 11" printer/copier paper
Clipboard for 8.5 x 11" paper
Reference photos and handouts
Objects for drawing as well as additional lights
You can purchase your quality art supplies at ARTspot! Registered students receive a 10% discount on all their art supplies from the time of paid registration until the last day of class. Most items on this list are available at ARTspot. Please let their staff advise you about appropriate art materials to fulfill requirements for your class. Artspot's Web Site
Check this out! ARTspot Concierge Service. ARTspot will personally do your shopping for you! They can set aside the materials you need, ready for pickup - they can even deliver your supplies to Cole Art Studio before your class. Call ARTspot at 425.640.6408 for this great service. Note: To ensure your order can be filled, please order as early as possible.