Online Class: Southwest Nature Drawing

  • Monday, March 11
  • 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM MT
  • Online

Space is limited, registration required. Please email or call 505-946-1000 for assistance with event registration.

Join us for a focused practice of observational drawing inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe’s drawings of desert plants, rocks, and other found objects from the American Southwest. Through interactive demonstrations, instructor Sudeshna Sengupta will guide the class through the process of capturing tonal and textural effects using graphite pencils, charcoal, and conte on both white and colored papers. Participants are welcome to use their own found objects to draw from, or they can follow along using the yucca pods, pine cones, and pebbles the instructor will set up for the demonstration.

This class is suitable for youth ages 12 and up. Children are welcome to participate alongside their adults.

Space is limited, reservations required.

This program will take place via the video conferencing app – ZOOM. Details for accessing the Zoom meeting will be with your receipt upon registering and again sent via email the day prior. Please register in advance in order to access the program. Note that all program times are in Mountain Time.

Online classes are not recorded. Online classes are offered only as a live and interactive experience.

Supplies needed for this class: 

  • Strathmore 300 series Bristol pad or Strathmore 400 series mixed media pad of white paper or Strathmore Black or Toned Mixed-Media pad or Canson Mi Tientes Earth Colors or Black or Gray Toned Pastel Paper pad in 9” x 12” to 12” X 16” size or similar. Thicker paper (140 lb or higher) is better.
  • Graphite pencils (2B, 4B, 6B) and a white eraser
  • Charcoal (black) pencils in Medium (2B) and Soft/Dark (4B or 6B)
  • A white and or gray charcoal pencil or conte’ pencil or pastel pencil
  • Optional: A set of white, black, sanguine, and terracotta Conté.
  • 3 to 5 Blending stumps (AKA Tortillons, often comes with drawing pencil sets) and or Q-tips.
  • Masking tape to keep the paper flat especially if the pad is larger.
  • Optional: Water-soluble graphite pencil. soft cotton rags for blending larger areas (cut up pieces of old cotton t-shirt works well), a newsprint pad for warm-up sketches, waterproof ink pens such as Sakura Micron brand, brush-tipped marker pen such as Tombow brand.

About the Instructor:

Sudeshna Sengupta’s career as a teaching artist spans multiple decades, continents, and cultures that inform her pedagogy for decolonizing studio art. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree in 1985 from Visva-Bharati, an international university founded in India, by the humanist poet Tagore, the first non-European Nobel Laureate (1913). After teaching art and design at the college level in New Delhi, Seattle, and California, she taught at NMSU-Alamogordo, where she established its first intaglio printmaking studio in 1995. Since moving to Santa Fe, she has been teaching credit courses in online studio art at the Santa Fe Community College. She also conducts workshops and short courses and presents lectures and community-based art events for various age groups with civic, cultural, and community organizations in the US and in India, often with a focus on multicultural and inter-cultural experiences that emphasize human, cultural, and environmental connectedness through creativity. To see her art please visit: 

This class is being offered on a sliding scale.

$10; minimal fee.

$20; covers the cost of the class.

$30; covers the cost of the class, plus a contribution to support educational programs.

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