When my daughter was about seven years old, she asked me one day what I did at work. I told her I worked at the college – that my job was to teach people how to draw.
She stared back at me, incredulous, and said, “You mean they forget?”
It’s true that you rarely hear a small child state that they have no ability to draw, though I often hear statements like that from adults. The fact is, drawing uses many of the same basic skills that we incorporate when we learn to drive. Those who choose not to drive do not attribute their choice to a “lack of talent.”
I boldly assert that anyone can draw. And, with practice and a desire to learn, anyone can be really good at it. Like most acquired skills, though, drawing ability can become rusty with neglect. I’ve designed summer drawing classes that address both of these scenarios. Whether you would like to develop or improve drawing skills, keep skills intact with designated practice, or simply join others to work in a group setting, this two-hour class might be just what you’re looking for.
The first hour will be spent in exercises that hone the perceptual skills basic to drawing. We’ll work on timed gesture drawing and various types of contour line drawing, as well as activities to gain familiarity with materials, loosen up, and train the eye and hand to work together. I’ll provide the simple materials needed.
The second hour will be an open drawing class. I’ll have a still-life set up to work with, but you are welcome to start or continue your own drawing project if you prefer. I’ll be drawing right along with you, but will be happy to offer advice or instruction as needed. Handouts offering “homework” suggestions, inspiration and a review of the day’s exercises will be available at the end of each class.
For the second hour, you should have your own sketchbook (11″ x 14″ is a good size) and drawing materials. A hard-back sketchbook or sturdy support board will allow more freedom of movement. We may want to work outdoors on some nice days! Sketchbooks and drawing materials are available to purchase on site.
Oh, yes, about me! Though many of you may know me as a friendly face at the local hardware store, or as a waitress at several of the island restaurants over the years, I’m actually quite qualified to teach this class. I have a Master of Fine Arts Degree from Michigan State University. I taught drawing classes to all ages through community education, and on campus as a graduate student. I am a working artist concentrating on painting, printmaking and collage. I have a strong background in drawing.
Classes will be held each Tuesday, from 2~4 PM, at the Beaver Island Studio and Gallery, across from the library on Donegal Bay Road. Each class stands on its own, so if you cannot commit to several weeks in a row (or even more than just one or two classes), you will still benefit. The cost is $15.00 for each two-hour class, or $10.00 if you choose to just participate in the open drawing session. Pre-registration is necessary, and can be done by contacting Lois at the gallery, or though her website at beaverislandstudio.com.
I’m looking forward to a summer of creative pursuit!