Location Drawing and Painting
Drawing on location is essential to expanding an artist's visual vocabulary. Going out and drawing as many diverse objects and settings as possible is how artists learn what objects in their familiar world really look like. Additionally, steady practice of drawing what is in front of them is how artists develop control of various media and strengthen their hand-eye coordination and composition skills.
In this class, discussions and exercises will teach one-point perspective, sighting tools, creating a strong composition, and how to capture gesture; and will strengthen students' hand-eye-coordination and observational skills. Students will learn about compiling visual "notes" for finished works.
Students will be encouraged to try out different drawing and painting media, demonstrated by the instructor, and will be shown examples of how professional artists have approached and used location drawing (as sketches and as finished works).
This class is ideal for beginners looking for an introduction to both drawing and painting; but is also appropriate for those looking to strengthen drawing skills.
Required materials for first class:
- 2 graphite pencils, 4B and HB (woodless is a good option, but others work as well)
- White eraser
- Pencil sharpener
- Sketchbook of choice (recommended 14x17 spiral bound, heavy weight, acid-free paper, such as: Aquabee super delux red cover; or Sthrathmore drawing 400 series (brown cover).
At a future date, you will be asked to purchase one (or more- if you choose) further inexpensive tools such as inks, watercolors, waterbrushes, charcoals, and oilstick. Teacher will demonstrate these tools in class, so hold off on purchasing until then.
Giselle Harrington is a freelance illustrator based out of Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts. She holds a MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York.
Time: Saturdays, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm, September 7 - October 5, 2019 (5 sessions)