This workshop is for people who want to build confidence using drawing beyond literal representation by investigating how and why we draw. This workshop is designed for those with intermediate and advanced drawing skills. Beginners are also welcome and should benefit from the class.  Artists who work in other media but want to incorporate drawing into their work are also encouraged.

In this two-weekend workshop we will draw from life and our imaginations to explore various modes of representation. We will consider two-dimensional art from throughout history and discuss how drawing can serve as documentation, expression, meditation, storytelling, and/or investigation.  Working in a variety of media and formats, students will come home with a collection of drawings demonstrating different ways of seeing, mark-making, and visual thinking. Subjects will include still life, self-portrait, and a collaborative flip-book, for which we will practice drawing from our imaginations using writing, dreams, and/or personal stories as sources.

Time commitment outside of class -For the flip-book project, there will be a small-format (under 8.5”x 11”) drawing assignment to be completed as homework between the two weekends.  Time spent on this project outside of class is up to the student—it should take at the very minimum one hour, but it could easily take several hours to complete.

  • October 22, 23, 29 & 30, 9am-4pm with an 1 hour lunch break at the Newport Visual Arts Center
  • $275 Includes all paper and drawing tools – Scholarships Available – Contact Sara at 541-574-3364
  • Optional: students can bring any charcoal, pencils, erasers, and paper that you like to work with or want to experiment with.  Our drawing boards are 18″x24″, so if you want to work larger, please bring your own drawing board.  (You will have your choice of working at a standing or table-top easel.)
  • All Skill Levels welcome, age 18 and up
  • Minimum students 5 Maximum Students 10
  • Carol Shenk is a mixed-media artist and illustrator living on the Oregon Coast.  She has B.A. in Fine Art from the University of Oregon, and her mixed-media artwork has recently been shown at OSU’s Giustina Gallery in Corvallis and at the Newport Visual Arts Center. Her work can be viewed at carolshenk.com.”
  • Questions contact Sara Siggelkow, Arts Education Manger, at ssiggelkow@coastarts.org or 541-574-3364

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