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Getting in Shape: Plein Air Sketching taught by Monica Fogg

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April 20 @ 2:00 pm 5:00 pm CDT

Multi-Session Class

Wednesday's & Friday's April 20,22,27,29,May 4+6 2-5pm CT ZOOM


“In this twentieth century, to stop rushing around, to sit quietly on the grass, to switch off the world and come back to the earth, to allow the eye to see … is an unforgettable experience…”  Frederick Franck. The Zen of Seeing

Jump start your creativity and build confidence toward a regular aesthetic practice.

This class focuses on building skills to establish a rhythmic drawing practice. In athletic training, folks do stretches, curls, sprints. For sketching training, we will stretch and strengthen drawing muscles. Each session includes “calisthenics” such as blind contours (practice seeing), structural drawing (practice with sighting, scale, and perspective. Challenges will be added each session including adding watercolor, building content, composition, going outside, and more..

This class is appropriate for:

  • Those with ALL levels of experience, beginner to advanced.
  • If you’ve taken our Getting Your Feet Wet: Drawing for the Non-Artist Class and want to take the next step.
  • Those who want to join the Plein Air Movement.
  • Those who want encouragement to join the Urban Sketching* Movement.

We meet twice a week for 3 weeks.

April 20+22: Seeing as Foundation

Focus will be on learning to see, developing confident line work, and considering composition. This is important foundational work for artists of every level. Different approaches to use of pencil and water-soluble graphite will be explored. A challenge given at the end of the first week will be reviewed in the second.

April 27+29: Sighting and Focus 

Focus will be on sighting, adding texture, and adding watercolor. Different approaches to use of pen will be explored. A challenge given at the end of the first week will be reviewed in the second.

May 4+6: Interpreting On-Site

Focus will be on considering content and composition and working en plein air. Pencil, pen, water-soluble graphite and watercolor will be used. A challenge given at the end of the first week will be reviewed in the second.

*Urban sketching and plein air drawing are ways to experience the world from a different perspective. It is an opportunity to sit quietly, breathe and see. There are Urban Sketching communities worldwide: local groups, international groups, Facebook groups, etc.

Upcoming classes taught by Monica Fogg:

Sunday in the Park with Gouache June 18+19

Destination Learning 2022-2023 INFORMATION SESSION June 23

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Instructor Bio

Monica Fogg is an artist (watercolor, encaustic, acrylic, woodcut, and lithography) and designer or fabricator (Prince, Lorie Line, Disney, Guthrie Theater, Minnesota History Center and others). She has taught courses in watercolor, drawing, painting, color theory, design, visual studies and art history. She has taught in the College of Design at the University of Minnesota for over 25 years and continues to lead groups abroad for cultural and creative endeavors.

“My personal work is informed and inspired by forms found in nature.I consider and experience the foundations of the earth as symbolic of the ‘grounding’ of spirit. Representation is distilled to form, movement, essence. The process is a dance between concept and emotion.”

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