Cynthia Armstrong – Travel Sketching and Journaling (Online); Wednesdays, August 21-September 18, 2024

Dates: Wednesdays, August 21-September 18, 2024 (no class September 4)
Time: 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Pacific Time, 1:00-3:00 PM Eastern Time, 6:00-8:00 PM London Time
Critique Sessions: Tuesdays, August 27-September 24 (no critique September 10), 1 PM Pacific, 4 PM Eastern/9 PM London Time
Level: All
Medium: Watercolor/Ink & wash

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One of the things that really makes trips enjoyable for me is to take along a sketchbook and travel watercolor kit to quickly capture a scene. I’ve found that doing this helps me to slow down and be very present in that moment and place. When I look at my sketchbook later, maybe long after I’m home again, the drawings and notes bring me back to that moment in a very immediate and evocative way. It’s this pleasure I hope to encourage students to feel, too.

Capturing our impressions in the moment by using quick line studies along with watercolor wash can get our creative juices flowing. Suitable for all skill levels, this 4-week course will introduce the excitement, freedom and immediacy of using ink (and pencil) lines with various watercolor applications.

This course will offer techniques and methods to quickly capture travel moments, even if you’ve never picked up a paintbrush. By learning the fundamentals of watercolor and line & wash, you will come away feeling ready to record those moments while out
adventuring in the world.

Lecture and demonstrations, along with a variety of in-class assignments and homework will contribute to developing strong, successful skills and habits; our
critique session will offer gentle feedback and encouragement, contributing to student mastery.

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Cynthia Armstrong holds a graduate certificate degree from UC Santa Cruz in Science Illustration and a Master’s degree in Education from Stanford University. She has been a freelance illustrator and artist for over 25 years, and a teacher for the past 20 years. Cynthia, as a published illustrator, has traveled and journaled extensively throughout her career. Her client list includes the New York Botanical Gardens, U.S. National Park Service, the Maine State Museum, U.S. Forest Service, and the California Native Plant Society.

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.
  • You will have access to a private class message board on our website where you can share work, comment and ask questions. (Exact use of the message board, critique of student work and general class format is at the discretion of the instructor, please check course description for details.)
  • 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 or visit your Online Classrooms to find your active classes.

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