Draw by Drawing April 6, 10-11:30am

This week we will be drawing cherry blossoms with chalk pastels. The exercise is partly inspired by Van Gogh’s painting below. We will do two exercises: one will focus on the tree with branches and the other will be an all-over more abstract pattern of cherry blossoms.

Supplies: coloured pastel paper 12 x 17″ (2 sheets), set of chalk pastels, eraser, blending stump, soft rag, small watercolour brush (for blending)

To register: PAYMENT

Please note this is the last session for the month of April. There will be a few sessions throughout the summer on Wednesday mornings (due to popular demand) but not on a weekly basis.

Draw by Drawing Wednesday March 23, 10-11:30am

This week’s session is focused on drawing a piece of crumpled paper. We will draw it as a specific shape and then as an all-over pattern to create an abstract mountain range or cliffside.

Materials: sketchbook 14 x 17 sketchbook, range of graphite pencils (HB, B, 2B, 4B, 6B and 8B or anything in this range), eraser, 8 x 11″ piece of copy paper or cardstock (for crushing)

To register: PAYMENT

Draw by Drawing March 16, 10-11:30pm

This week’s session is focused on abstract topographic map drawing. This is a great way to learn how to draw beautiful and confident lines with pen and conte crayon. We will be doing two drawings: one with ink and pencil on white paper and another with white conte crayon (or white pastel) on black paper.

Materials: sketchbook 14 x 17 or sheet of smooth drawing paper around that size, bowl-point nib, nib holder and black ink (or any fine black pen you have on hand), 1/4 sheet of black pastel paper (approx 12 x 15″), white conte, graphite pencils, eraser, ruler and pencil sharpener. If you don’t have black paper you can use another colour or just use white paper and black conte crayon.

There always seems to be confusion about what a “bowl-point nib” is -it is a nib you dip into ink that is made by Staedtler and is designed for drawing. They are available at both Island Blue and Opus.

To register: PAYMENT

Some examples of topographic drawing

Draw by Drawing March 9, 10-11:30am

This week’s is drawing bare branch trees to celebrate the end of the Winter season. We will focus on the shape and structure as well as the different textures of the bark.

Materials: sketchbook (14 x 17″), vine charcoal, conte crayon, set of soft (chalk) pastels, brush and/soft rag for blending, eraser

To register: PAYMENT

Some bare branch tree drawing inspiration from Henry Moore: