For the complete beginner and those wishing to improve their drawing skills, you will be encouraged to let the artist inside you grow through exploration and refining your understanding of visual language. Using charcoal pencils, charcoal sticks, and conté, you’ll begin to develop your drawing and creative skills and become more confident with the tools of visual expression. Composition, proportion, shape, and line will all be explored through in-class exercises and projects.
We will begin with the magic of line, and where it can lead us. Starting from a tiny dot, the class will explore and gain confidence in the possibilities of simple contour drawing, as both positive and negative shapes emerge.
How do you draw objects the right size in relationship to each other? In this class you will learn an easy way to begin.
Students will study light, shade and tonal values.
Using all of your new skills, we will create a realistic still-life or landscape drawing.
CLASS MATERIALS LIST:
2B and 4B lead pencils
2B and 4B charcoal pencils
1 box Willow charcoal, different thicknesses
Conté sticks (black, white, red or brown)
Small cardboard greyscale chart
Erasers: 1 hard white for pencil and 1 kneadable grey for charcoal
1 drawing board
1 pad of cartridge paper
2 jumbo clips
Please Note: If you have access to a standing or table easel, please use it. If not, you can sit at a table to draw
Jennifer Hinrichs graduated from Central Technical School’s Fine Art department. She has worked as an art director in publishing and has been painting and exhibiting her work for over 20 years. Her subjects include the figure and the landscapes and interiors they inhabit, in a variety of mediums including charcoal, pastel, oil and acrylics. Jennifer has taught drawing and painting at George Brown College, and is an experienced creativity workshop leader. Her work is in private collections around North America and Bermuda, where she was an artist in residence with Masterworks Foundation. Jennifer’s work appears at the John B. Aird Gallery, and Main Gallery, Neilson Park Creative Centre. Visit grandmananartists.com.
"My drawing class, for me, is what I imagine meditation is like for other people. The class begins and your brain immediately takes you to another place, a zen-like space that’s deeply relaxing, removed from anywhere you’ve been before. What feels like moments later, the class is over and you return home in a new state of calm. It’s a feeling you want to hang onto. Magical.” - Leslie Milrod
"Jennifer is an excellent teacher and managed to connect well with each member of our class. Her communication is clear and was sufficiently simple for our class. Her sense of humour, organization and encouragement were well appreciated." - Alanna Quinn