classes

4/16/12

Creative Drawing with Colored Pencil ♥

Student Sha, with her work.  
Art students creating.   

Starting April 24th, I will be offering a 6 week course called Creative Drawing with Colored Pencil with Ann Arbor Community Education.  You can create stunning colored pencil "paintings" from the point of a pencil with this versatile medium. We will explore basic techniques and the creative possibilities of colored pencils when blended with mixed media.  Colored pencil can be combined with watercolors, acrylics, pastels, and colored inks on various surfaces. Have fun with this versatile medium. 

6 weeks. Tuesdays, 1:30- 3:30 in the Cultural Arts Building at 1220 South Forest Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48104.    You can register for classes here by clicking on this link.  Then select Activity Category > Adult Art; or call the office M-F 8am-5pm @ 734-994-2300 for assistance.

"I encourage each artist to find their own style. I want to provide a safe atmosphere for each person to explore their own talents and abilities"

4/2/12

Creating a still life in colored pencil


Final 

Still life, colored pencil on 11" x 14" Stonehenge
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Here is a sample of the first steps in a still life demonstration presented to my Saturday morning class. 

Colored pencil is a slow process, but very enjoyable.  The artist mixes colors by layering them over each other. By keeping the point of the pencil very sharp and using a light touch, you can preserve the tooth of the paper. The more colors and layers used will help the artist produce a picture that has a rich blend of color.