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Fundamentals for Drawing taught by Suzann Beck

July 11 @ 10:00 am 5:00 pm



Drawing: Back to basics for better drawing!

This all-day intensive workshop is ideal for artists who are beginning to draw or intermediate artists who want to reinforce a good foundation for their drawing skills.

Students will work at individual set-ups while they learn and practice drawing fundamentals including:

  • Line and Tone
  • Light and Shadow Values
  • Techniques for Comparative Measuring
  • Developing Good Compositions

Students will learn how to render a drawing from start to finish with still life setups to fit individual skill levels.

Ages 14 and up. Drawing experience suggested but not required. Class will break for an hour for lunch, please bring a lunch.

Supplies to bring:(complete list will be emailed to registrants)

  • Notebook and pen/pencil for taking notes.
  • Soft Vine Charcoal
  • Charcoal Pencils—Black and white. (A General’s pack that has 3 hardnesses,
    a white pencil and kneaded eraser is ideal for the workshop.)
  • 6B or 8B Graphite Pencil or similar.
  • 2 or more sticks of square compressed charcoal.
  • Kneaded Eraser
  • Economical Sketching Paper (I recommend Strathmore sketching paper or similar,
    at least 14” x 18” notepad or similar).
  • 1 or 2 sheets of tinted Strathmore Charcoal paper or similar for your final drawings.
  • Masking tape or clips to secure your paper.
  • A drawing board to attach your paper to (small, medium, or large size).
  • Paper towels for blending charcoal.
  • Pencil Sharpener.
  • If possible, a grayscale/value finder to help you identify and duplicate shadow values.

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About the artist: Whether painting a commissioned portrait, a figurative piece, or a “portrait” of a single rose, Suzann has the unique ability to capture the essence and spirit of a subject and combine it with masterful likeness. Her inspiration and passion comes from the classical old masters, and she is particularly influenced by the Russian painters of the 19th century. Intrigued and motivated by the depth and craft of masterworks hundreds of years old, Suzann works to understand classical methods and disciplines and leverage them with contemporary practices and sensibilities to create representational realism. Suzann Beck holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from Moorhead State University, Moorhead MN, and studied portraiture with atelier-trained painter Judith Anthony, Plymouth, MN, and classical glazing technique portraiture with Jeffery Hurinenko, St. Paul, MN. Suzann serves as the Minnesota Ambassador for the Portrait Society of America, and teaches portrait painting and drawing classes in her Northeast Minneapolis studio and the Paramount Center for the Visual Arts, St. Cloud, MN. http://www.mnartists.org/suzannbeck