We wanted to share with you these free online workshops offered by Strathmore! Workshop one is starting this week…
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How Strathmore’s online workshops work:
1. Get Ready: A month prior to the start of each workshop, you can visit the workshop page for a supply list.
2. Register (optional): You have the option of creating a student account. Doing this will ensure that you receive an email at the start of each workshop to let you know it has begun. This will also allow you to participate in the discussion forum for each workshop and post photos of your artwork in the gallery.
During the month that a workshop is releasing, the Instructor participates in the discussion forum and answers questions you may have regarding the lessons.
3. Start: On the start date of each workshop, simply visit the workshop page for links to video lessons and instructions. Videos are located in the Workshop 1, Workshop 2, and Workshop 3 tabs after their start date. Follow along and watch for free!
4. Participate: Once a workshop opens, you can view video lessons and download instructions for each week. Feel free to participate in discussions and share your work in the gallery. After a workshop is posted, the video lessons and instruction sheets will remain on the site for viewing throughout the entire year. Join in and follow along at your own pace!
Learn techniques from experienced artists through online videos and downloadable instructions. Get inspired from other students in our virtual classroom. Keep motivated with ideas and tips from your instructor.
Scroll down for more information about these free workshops…
Instructor: Kirsty PartridgeRealistic Drawing with Charcoal
Instructor: Kirsty Partridge
Starts: March 4, 2019
Lesson 1 released at 9:00am CST
See Supplies ListFollow along with Kirsty Partridge in this four-part online workshop series that focuses on how to create photo-realistic drawings with charcoal. Kirsty’s YouTube art channel has amassed over 21 million views because of her incredibly helpful, insightful, and creative videos on a how to draw, paint, and improve your art.
Now Kirsty has put together a special series just for us on how to create realistic drawings using charcoal. Here’s what we’ll learn:
Week 1 Now Open!
1. Materials and How to Use them for Charcoal Drawings
Click Here for Video Lesson and Instructions
Lesson 2, March 11: Still Life Drawing to Learn Basic Techniques such as Contrast, Shading, Blending, and Layering
Lesson 3, March 18: Drawing Realistic Animals in Charcoal
Lesson 4, March 25: Drawing a Realistic Portrait in Charcoal
Urban Sketching Essentials
Instructor: Alphonso Dunn
Starts: May 6, 2019
Urban Sketching is one of the most fun, fulfilling, and adventurous artistic endeavors you will experience. You get to capture the world around you and leave your imprint with every sketch. There is no doubt drawing on location can be a bit intimidating. A typical scene can jolt us with an overwhelming amount of information with thousands of details! So, where do you start? Do you draw everything? And how do you put it all together? In this compact and beginner-friendly workshop you will learn the essentials you need to get going in this liberating art form. Topics include, starting supplies, drawing mechanics, watercolor basics, compositional elements, simplifying scenes, and tips and techniques for handling pen and ink. These and more will be covered. Join in to learn invaluable tips, tricks, and techniques that will inspire you to explore your world with confidence!
Part 1: Introduction & Basics
• Review common materials and supplies.
• Explore fundamental drawing mechanics and techniques.
• Explore useful drawing techniques that help to remove the intimidation associated with direct ink drawing and enable us to handle the medium with confidence.
• Learn simple tips on color mixing and basic color theory, and creating your own basic watercolor palette.
Part 2: Approaching the Scene
• Learn simple ways to simplify the world around you, while still capturing what you see and creatively expressing yourself.
• Breakdown scenes to simple flat shapes, as a way of reducing the busyness of scenes and making the composition of your drawings much easier.
• Explore a variety of ways to crop the scene and frame your drawing.
• Review some linear perspective basics that can be useful in urban sketching.
• Review the invaluable practice of thumbnail sketching.
Part 3: Directing the Viewer
• Utilize emphasis techniques to direct the viewer’s attention.
• Explore ways of using contrast to create visual interest.
• Learn useful tips on drawing specific subjects such as, trees, buildings, vehicles, people, etc.
Part 4: Demo & Practice
• Discussion and step-by-step walk-through of the process in creating a sketch applying what we learned.
Intro to Painting with Gouache
Instructor: Myriam Tillson
Starts: September 3, 2019
This gouache workshop will be made up of 4 videos that will explore the use of gouache as a painting medium in its own right. Throughout the course, students will learn more about the particular properties of the medium, how it compares to other similar paints such as watercolor and acrylic, what materials work best with it, and how to use it to make the most of it and its specific qualities.
Viewers will start by being introduced to the paint in some detail, and will be shown which papers, brushes and tools can help enhance their experience with the medium. They will then be taught a few key tips and tricks that should help them get more familiar with gouache, and give them the basic knowledge they’ll need to get a better idea of the potential of the paint. Such tips and tricks will include information on how to use gouache in an opaque manner, how best to mix it to achieve the ideal consistency, alternative ways to apply it (washes, glazes…etc…), exercises to practice the various techniques mentioned, and some examples on how to use it with its popular cousin, watercolor.
The workshop will aim to give students a certain level of knowledge about gouache to then fuel their confidence, and spark their interest and desire to explore it further in their own time. It will focus on the potential of the paint as a visual tool, and how versatile and enjoyable it is to use and experiment with.
Gouache is a fantastically fun and useful medium, and the opportunities for experimentation and growth it opens, either used on its own, or in conjunction with other paints, are endless, and I hope this workshop will demonstrate that in an appealing enough way that anyone will feel like they can give it a go!