Crystal (Soojeong) Shin - Botanical Drawing with Colored Pencils (Online); Thursdays, September 3-October 15, 2020 (7 week course)

Date: Thursdays, September 3-October 15, 2020 (7-week course)
Time:  2:00-4:30PM PDT
Level: All (some experience helpful)
Medium: Colored Pencil
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Our live online classes are taught via Zoom. Students have the opportunity to interact with the instructor and other participants, watch live demos and receive feedback and instruction. You will have access to a class chat forum where you can share work, comment and ask questions. Once you’ve enrolled, you’ll receive instructions about how to access the class. 

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.

Colored pencils are fun, forgiving, and versatile medium that are easy for the beginning artist, and refreshing change for watercolor painters or graphite artists.

In this 7-week course, you will learn how to portray plants subject using colored pencils. The class will cover basics of the medium and drawing exercise, color theories, colored pencils techniques including layering, blending, building saturation with luminosity while incorporating the observation techniques and elements of botanical illustrations.

Each week will include discussion and instruction, Crystal’s live demos and drawing exercise time for students. We will work from live plant materials, practicing observation skills while enjoying an experience of getting in touch with live plant materials. Some experience in art is helpful, but everyone will be able to follow along.

Crystal (Soojeong) Shin was born and raised in Korea. In 2013, she moved to Seattle. She graduated from the University of Washington’s certificate program in Natural Science Illustration in 2014. She worked as a primary botanical illustrator on the second edition of “Flora of the Pacific Northwest” at the UW Herbarium at Burke Museum from 2015 to 2018, generating 882 new botanical illustrations in pen and ink, gaining knowledge and understanding of botany. She also did freelance illustration for botanists describing new species for their research publications. Crystal has recently been illustrating fossils for a paleontologist at the Burke Museum.

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