Drawing Classes at Kimball-Jenkins School of Art
Learn to See, Learn to Draw
Tuesdays 6:30pm - 8:30pm
July 9th - August 27th
Non Members $275
This class is for people who can't draw a straight line! Through the fundamentals of drawing, students will learn to observe carefully and draw with confidence. For beginners as well as those wanting to improve their skills, this course emphasizes line, gesture, proportion, perspective, mass, volume, value and shading. Students will study still life, the figure and subjects of individual choice, while working with black, white and color drawing mediums. This course will provide a solid foundation in the mechanics and expressive qualities of drawing.
Aug 6th - 8th
9am - noon
Non Member $155
Explore a path to drawing that relies less on a skill-based sequence of steps and takes a sensory-exploratory approach, one that emphasizes our innate ability to make marks and pay attention. Through a series of exercises that incorporate movement, meditation, and sensory experiences, this workshop explores drawing as an intuitive process, one that knows you already have it all inside you. Whether new to drawing or an experienced pro, intuitive drawing will energize and enhance your drawing practice.
The Shape of Things
Drawing from the Inside
July 23rd - 25th
10am - 1pm
Non Members $155
Learn the basics of drawing in 3 days! This course workshop is a condensed version of “Learn to see, learn to draw”. This workshop is a great way to build your confidence to move into painting or just make you better at drawing!
Life Size Figure Drawing
July 9th - 11th
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Non Members $155
THINK BIG! In this workshop, draw a life-sized figure on six-foot lengths of paper. Mike will focus on proportion, observation of the standing figure, and modeling of form through tone and shading. Drawing in a large scale is challenging and rewarding. Nude models will be used.
Sketchbook Adventures Part 1
9am - Noon
Saturday March 16th or April 13th
$45 + $30 material fee paid to Kimball Jenkins School of Art
A sketchbook is not what you think it is.
It’s not an informal place for undervalued doodles; instead it can be a land of discovery, a visual record of your travels wherever you may be. Wouldn’t you love to look back through a sketchbook filled with your impressions of a trip overseas, or a trip to a nearby lake, or even a trip to your own living room? Once you have your road map, your practice can become a daily activity, and you will be amazed at how your skill increases once you remove that pressure to create a masterpiece each time you pick up your pen. This is the beauty of a sketchbook, this is where your art learns to fly.
In this one-day class you will:
- learn what to look for in a variety of art papers, drawing tools, and watercolor sets
- begin with pencil and various pens, then finish using watercolor to bring your sketches to life
- see demos of each skill, then record them in your own sketchbook for later reference
- discover ways to explore seeing /drawing as meditation
- explore the work of contemporary sketchbook masters from around the world
- learn about online resources to continue your explorations at home
NOTE: This class has an additional one-time materials fee of $30, payable in cash or by check to the School at the beginning of class.
In order for the whole class to “be on the same page” literally, we will be using art kits supplied by the instructor. This kit includes a 30-page sketchbook, a quality watercolor palette with 12 colors, a water brush, four specialized pens, and a pencil. You will also receive printouts of the class lessons and reference materials to use later at home.
We will take a short break about 10:30am, so feel free to bring a snack and a thermos of tea or coffee.
For questions about the class, call Bobbie Herron in Concord NH at 603-715-9152.
Sketchbook Adventures Part 2
9am - Noon
March 30th or April 27th
reat yourself to another one-day infusion of enthusiastic instruction while the lessons from Part 1 are fresh in your mind. Part 2 has a slightly different syllabus, exploring topics introduced in Part 1 in more depth. As always, printouts will be distributed to support your ongoing work at home.
(Attendance to Part 1 is a prerequisite to taking the Part 2 class.)
No materials fee. Bring along your art kit from Part 1, plus any other sketchbook-worthy supplies you enjoy. A snack and thermos of tea or coffee are also recommended for break-time at 10:30am.
Sketchbook Adventures First Sundays Open Studio
The First Sunday of the month 1-3pm
All are welcome! No experience necessary.
Free of charge.
If you have taken any of my classes at Kimball Jenkins, or if you have a sketchbook that is getting a bit dusty, come join us for an enjoyable Sunday afternoon sketching together in the company of friends. All you need to bring is you sketchbook, a small kit of your favorite tools, and a bit of curiosity. We will meet in the back of the Yellow House, in the printmaking room where the Sketchbook Adventure classes have been held. Bring with you a photo or two that you would like to work from, or any small ‘still life’ objects to sketch, such as a pine cone, acorns, or fresh flowers. (Natural objects are far easier to sketch and explore than hard-edged man-made objects.) Feel free to also bring a thermos of tea and a snack for mid-afternoon. (Your snack might end up being your still life!)
There will be no formal instruction included so this class will be free of charge. Free supportive feedback and enthusiasm from me and your classmates is always available!