Join us for a focused practice of observational drawing in a close-up view, inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe’s collections of shells, rocks, bones, and found objects. Through interactive demos and instructions, Sudeshna Sengupta will guide you through the process of capturing the essential characteristics of the overall forms and shapes through expressive line qualities, tonality, and textural details while being mindful of compositional balance and contrast. You may use your own collection or follow the shells and rocks used during the live-demo on screen.
Supplies needed for this class:
- Strathmore 400 series Watercolor pad/block or Mixed-media drawing pad or any other brand of drawing pad in any size between 9” x 12” and 12” x 17”. Thicker paper (140 lb or higher) is better.
- A set of 2B, 4B, & 6B graphite pencils and an eraser
- Charcoal Pencils: Medium (2B) and Soft/Dark (4B or 6B),
- Blending stumps (AKA Tortillons, often comes with drawing pencil sets) and or Q-tips and tissues or cotton rags (clean pieces of old t-shirts work well).
- Masking tape to keep the paper flat especially if a larger pad is used.
- Optional: Water-proof ink pens as well as water-based ink pens.
- Optional: Watercolor round brushes, container of water, and water-soluble graphite pencils
- Optional: Color pencils or conte if anyone wants to add a hint of color.
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.
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: notes-and-doodles.com
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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