Study and Sketch Art Masters
This is an invitation to join a tradition followed by art students for hundreds of years: plunking down in a museum gallery and drawing works by masters. Why?
FIVE WAYS STUDY-AND-SKETCH
will improve your artmaking
1. You will encounter genius
2. You will train your eye and hand
3. You will get beyond technique obsession
4. You will work outside your comfort zone
5. You will go deeper into the creative process.
CLASS FORMAT Informal and interactive. We’ll
have fun! Bobbi will present some background on
each artist being studied, focusing on what is dis-
tinctive and historically important in their work.
Students will view and discuss slides of the mas-
ter works and then participate in sketching from
A full day 6-hour class should select
2 artists to study and sketch.
WHO WILL BENEFIT Artists of all experience
levels. Instruction in effective sketching
how-to’s will be helpful to artists who want to
improve their sketching abilities.
MATERIALS REQUIREMENTS Students will
need to bring a drawing board (wood or heavy
cardboard) approximately 20” x 24”. Students
may use their preferred drawing implement: pen-
cil, ink pen, crayon, any form of pastel. The focus
of the class is not to create a finished piece of art-
work but to see, experience and practice.
Once upon a time, I was not a questioner. I have not always looked deeply at what was going on around me or inside of me. But life changes.
Now, I am interested in patterns and connections of all kinds: human, organic, causal and consequential. I am especially intrigued with seeing internal and external events in layers. This compels me to dig beneath the surface and explore what’s there.
When the exploring goes inside, to the world of dreams and memory, my role is artist-as-storyteller. When the exploring is in the natural world, my role is artist-as-archaeologist: digging for things unseen, and juxtaposing them with elements that might not be expected.
Mixed media artwork is the perfect vehicle for such explorations. I love the rhythm of monoprinting paper and fabric. I enjoy the rich textures and layers created with fabric.
I invite the viewer to look deeply with me. Perhaps we will both learn to see things in new ways.
In school, I wanted to be watercolor artist. (And I still LOVE watercolor!) But being a mixed media artist now is an intentional choice. It’s just the right way for me to dig in to what’s most interesting to me. I like to see how things fit together. I’m interested in patterns, layers and connections of all kinds. I use low-tech-hands-on-hand-pressed monotype printing of rice paper and fabrics, and I hand paint fabric, then collage and stitch the finished pieces. There are lots of stages and lots of opportunities to experience the work taking shape. My work is an invitation to look beyond the surface of what is easily seen.