Sketching every day for beginners

sketch of Sophie snoozing on pillow

“A line is a dot that went for a walk” (Paul Klee)

Would you like to sketch the world around you? Do you wish you could record the mundane and significant moments in your day-to-day life?

orchids sketched and painted

Why sketch?

Well, this is a way to remember all the moments that make up our lives. It is a very rewarding and stress relieving activity that can take as little as 15 minutes each day. AND this is an inexpensive and fun method to be creative. Your sketches are your own unique interpretations of significant objects or events as seen through your eyes.

This is a workshop to get you, the beginner, creating FAST! In this workshop, you will learn to sketch what you see. You will learn to trust your eyes to see shapes of objects as you put pen to paper.

sketch of Crocs worn in Havana

In my beginner workshop, my mission is to get you quickly into the sketching process by teaching you contour or line drawing.  

Observation is key. Let me show you how to find all the elements needed to get started with sketching.

The details…

This workshop is four weeks in length.

Cost: $55.00 payable by e-transfer or in cash at the workshop. All workshops take place in my home in Orleans. Materials will be provided during the first workshop session. A sketchbook or pad of watercolour paper will be needed for the other workshop sessions.

Payment in cash, in full, at first workshop, or by etransfer.  

Tuesday or Thursday 1:00-2:30 pm or…

Thursday nights 6:30-8:00 pm or…

Saturday 1:00-2:30 pm.

Workshop Content

Week one: Contour drawing of simple objects. Training the eye to see shapes and to render them on paper. Different types of sketchbooks will be discussed. I will show you, as examples, my own sketches (2014-2019). We will examine different papers and discuss their purposes.

Week two: Contour drawings of objects with a little more complexity. Sketches completed with time limits. Adding simple washes of colour to paper. Experimenting with watercolour, Inktense pencils, and other materials.

teacup sketch

Week three: Sketching a favourite teacup or coffee mug or other significant object. (To be discussed). Adding watercolour and /or coloured pencils to the sketch. We examine ways to make a more finished sketch.

In week three, there will be an overview of different types of journals that might be used to record our daily lives.

Strategies will be given to overcome the fear of the blank page and to deal with pages you really don’t like (ripping them out is not the only solution!).

work in progress - watercolour

Week four: Bring your own objects or photographs to be sketched. Bring a quotation from a favourite novel to illustrate. Many different possibilities will be discussed. The goal? To create a visually attractive finished page. Add embellishments such as collage, stamps, watercolour, etc.

How to proceed:

Choose a convenient day from the list given above. Send me an email and if the date is available, I will book you in. I hope to see you there!

Maximum 4 students /workshop so that I can give you individual attention.

sketch of Longwood Gardens sculpture

Below, …a possibility for Christmas cards ( or other special occasions cards) made by you?

sketch of car decorated for Christmas

Header image:  neven marek at unsplash

2 Responses

    • You are forgiven seeing as you live seven hours away! There might be similar workshops in your area. Sketching is a great way to relax. Hope to see you this summer!

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