Amis Balcomb - The Simple Sketch: Designs in Nature (Online); Saturdays, May 21-June 11, 2022

Date: Saturdays, May 21-June 11, 2022
Time:  11:00 AM-1:00 PM Pacific Time, 2:00-4:00 PM Eastern Time, 7:00-9:00 PM London Time
Level: All
Medium: Drawing

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Join Amis Balcomb for this 4-week exploration of Nature through the simple sketch. Nature inspires us with beautiful designs- the shapes in an orange slice, an old tree stump, bird feathers, seed pods, or the spiral of a fiddle head fern. The shapes found in nature will be the starting point for this exploration of art concepts, including positive and negative space, contour lines, the use of Notan to define patterns and shapes in creating exciting compositions and more. Using water-soluble graphite crayons, a waterproof ink pen, pencil, watercolor, and carbon transfer, participants will explore basic shapes and then draw them with the simple sketch tools while applying these art concepts.

If you took this workshop before, and love the process, Amis will be using new projects and imagery.

In these simple sketch sessions, the approach is to accept where you are in your skill level, and to allow yourself to experiment. Any drawing or painting experience is always a plus, but no prerequisite art skills are required.

“It is rewarding to witness students expanding their creative thinking and art skills through the process of simply creating artwork. It is in the process of doing where magic occurs. The hand-eye coordination and fine-motor skills that are developed by using the art materials and tools in specific ways translates into refined visual problem solving that can be applied across disciplines.”

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About Our Online Classes:

  • This class is taught live via Zoom. To take this class, you need a microphone and camera enabled computer OR an iPad /smart tablet OR a smart phone (android or IOS) and a strong internet connection.
  • Interact with the instructor and other participants, watch live demos and receive feedback and instruction. You will have access to a class chat forum on our website where you can share work, comment and ask questions.
  • Class will be recorded and recordings expire 60 days after the final day of the course.
  • Participants will receive an email with the Zoom link and class details 5-7 days before the class starts (don’t forget to check your junk folder). Zoom link will also be posted in the class message board. Check your confirmation email for a message board link. Find out how to access the class group message board here.