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Beginner Drawing with Carol Coogan

February 28 @ 10:00 am - April 3 @ 12:00 pm

This is an introductory class for students interested in learning the basics of drawing, with a focus on using a sketchbook.

Preregistration is required to attend all classes and workshops at Arlene’s. Space is limited so please register soon. Click the link to register online. Otherwise, please come into the store, at 57 Fuller Rd Albany NY, or call us, (518) 482-8881, to reserve your space.

This is an introductory class for students with little or no experience who are interested learning the basics and fundamentals of sketching and drawing, with a focus on using a sketchbook. Each week there will be an instructional focus covering the use of pencils, fine line pens and perhaps other materials, with demonstrations and in class practice. We will use objects, photos and other print images, and whatever else is available on site, as subject matter and reference materials. Instruction may be adapted to the goals and interests of the class participants, and might include still life set ups of blocks & objects, the human face & figure, rural & urban landscapes, flora and fauna of the natural world, including an overview of the elements of line & form, tone & texture, value & contrast, composition, proportion, and perspective. My emphasis will be on encouragement to address and quiet self-criticism so that you can enjoy the process of slowing down, improving your observational skills, all the while developing and refining your sketching and drawing abilities as a process, not as an end goal of perfection. Students will attain a greater confidence while learning and practicing techniques that can be built upon into the future, translating into a style that is uniquely your own. A supply list will be provided upon registration and supplies are not included in the cost of the workshop.

Please note that our classes are typically held in the lower level of Arlene’s. Because access to the lower level is available only by stair, please let us know if using the stairs presents any difficulty for you in advance of the class so we can make alternate arrangements. We want to make sure everyone is able to enjoy and participate in our classes.


February 28 @ 10:00 am
April 3 @ 12:00 pm
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Arlene’s Artist Materials
57 Fuller Road
Albany, NY 12205 United States
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