Art Class Notes

LEARN TO DRAW: July 10, 12, 17. 10:30—Noon. 

My goal is to inspire creativity within you–to build a cathedral in your mind! Inspiration can move mountains and provide an energetic drive to keep learning. Everyone has a creative drive and a unique way of creative expression. Creativity is a form of communication and a way of expressing yourself! 

We studied the importance of improving hand-eye coordination by drawing simple shapes and lines with pencil and ink pen. 
(Bring this sketch to class on July 12 inked and colored in.) This exercise in drawing patterns, texture and simple organic shapes will help you become a better artist. It is important to draw every day as a way to get your brain and hand to work together in an effort to draw what you see. 

-Drawing Class 2018 Handout 
Print out this handout for class. Study the artwork created by master artists – pay attention to the styles they use to create imagery. See page 2 for extra class supplies you can purchase.

-Drawing Flowers

Flowers are much easier to draw by using simple shapes and construction lines. See the links for step-by-step procedures on drawing daisies and daffodil flowers. Print out these two step-by-step handouts and bring to class.
Step by Step Daffodil
Step by Step Daisy


Drawing with Construction Lines
Get in the habit of using construction lines and watch your drawings improve! Using this technique will help you determine placement and composition of your drawing on the page, proportion and scale. Click on the photo to see how construction lines are used.


Follow this link for the drawing class handout…see page 2 for extra class supplies you can purchase.
Drawing Class 2018 Handout

CLASS NOTES:  June 19 

In today’s class we studied a tabletop still life. Within this class project there are many basics that, if practiced, will help you become more successful (and less frustrated) as you continue learning to draw.

1. Planning your Drawing Space:
Before you commit pencil to paper, decide in a small rough sketch how much space you want your drawing to occupy on the page. It is advantageous to leave ample white space around your subject matter – for adding some background elements or to draw in a cast shadow.

2. Use of Construction Lines:
Lay out LIGHT construction lines. Construction lines help establish proportion and scale to drawings. Using them will help you avoid redrawing major parts of a drawing because certain elements are out of scale or what have you.

3. Perspective:
This is simply the angle you are viewing the subject matter from. When your angle changes, the shapes change. Parallel lines (like rooflines) angle slightly to a vanishing point on the horizon.

4. Simplify Shapes: All subject matter can be broken down into simplified shapes. Circles, triangles, squares and rectangles. We will work on this concept a lot over the next two times we meet.


Doodle, sketch, draw. Practice practice practice. Drawing what you see is good for hand-eye coordination. With daily practice, it will become second nature, your drawings will become more alive, and accurate. Experiment with drawing with pencil and ink, on a variety of paper with smooth or textured finishes.

-Using Positive & Negative Shapes:
Positive space refers to the main focus of a picture, while negative space refers to the space around it. 
This can be an abstract concept, but since we are working towards reducing “outlining” in our drawing, we allow adjacent white (positive), or black, (negative) shapes help define a shape rather than using a black line. Notice how the black area meeting the white creates the back shape of the decoy without the use of a line.
The use of an eraser is useful to “pull” out white spaces, or to erase a line after you have added a tone that has helped you create a shape.

-Study Nature:
While on a walk or for a drive, study your surroundings. See the shapes of things and how light plays on the surface of objects to create forms. Do art when the shadows are long – morning or evening. By frequently viewing what you want to draw, the more it gets committed to memory; and the likelihood increases you will capture the spirit of what you are to draw. This is why I think certain artists repeat the same type of art subject, to find mastery over it.

-Shading & Highlighting:

By adding shadows and highlights to a drawing, it adds drama and dimension.
Pinpointing the light source(s) is the determining factor of where a shadow will fall on planes of objects. In the case of multiple light sources there will be multiple shadows, and even multiple highlights. Depending on the object, shadows can be rendered with either a texture or with gray blended tones. (Refer to the handout for the variety of textures that can be used.) Remember the subtractive method of drawing… using an eraser to pull out highlights.

Related to shading and highlighting, reflections occur because of natural and artificial lighting. In the lake reflection we studied in class, lake water in calm or wavy form, is nearly always on a horizontal plane, with reflections nearly always occurring vertically in a mirror image.


Homework Assignment: Make a Coloring Page.
The idea behind making a coloring page is to use as many lines, shapes, dots etc. as possible – it’s meant to increase your comfort level drawing and improve your hand/eye coordination with pencil and pen. See example at left. (Click here for other examples.)
Tip: Draw your initial sketch lightly in pencil, as guidelines, and then use your Sharpie marker to go over the lines when you are finished. Erase guidelines and pencil smudges.