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The Five Principles of Better Drawing

Building 989 in the Presidio 1989 Long Ave., San Francisco, CA

You can learn to draw. Representative drawing is a skill, not a gift. There are five principles that I wish I knew when I started. Practicing these with exercises, and keeping them in mind as you sketch or paint will improve the accuracy, speed, and clarity of your work. Learn how to modify and adapt these techniques for any Read More

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Drawing Birds: Suggesting Detail without getting lost in the feathers…

Building 989 in the Presidio 1989 Long Ave., San Francisco, CA

earn how to simplify the details of bird plumage to increase your drawing speed, accuracy, and to make your sketches more lifelike. In this workshop you will learn the basics of bird feather anatomy and how to suggest the complexity with a minimum of fuss and hassle. The principles of simplification also apply to drawing Read More

Sketching with Ballpoint Pens

Building 989 in the Presidio 1989 Long Ave., San Francisco, CA

n a recent trip to Rwanda, I realized that I would fill my sketchbook long before returning home. I usually sketch with soft pencil and leave the opposite page blank so that facing pages will not smear each other. To conserve paper, I gave up the pencil and started sketching with a ballpoint pen. Within Read More

$20

Composition

Building 989 in the Presidio 1989 Long Ave., San Francisco, CA

A strong composition is the backbone of a successful drawing. In addition, creative composition will open alternative ways of seeing a subject and give you new and exciting avenues to explore in your art. Composition is not hard to master and with a few basic principles under your belt you will see a dramatic improvement in Read More

$20

The next step: Making your nature drawings come alive

Building 989 in the Presidio 1989 Long Ave., San Francisco, CA

This workshop will be taught by the wonderful nature journaler and teacher Laurie Wigham. You’ve been working hard to make sense of the underlying structures: why a bird’s leg seems to bend backward in the middle or how to get the proportions right when you foreshorten those flower petals. It’s time to set aside all the careful measuring and scientific description and go for capturing the joy: Read More

$20

How to Draw Wildflowers-Part II

Building 989 in the Presidio 1989 Long Ave., San Francisco, CA

 Enjoy the beauty of spring wildflowers. Drawing them will help you get to know them better and will help you see aspects of your favorite wildflowers that you have never noticed before. This workshop will teach you: How to draw tight clusters of white flowers (yarrow etc). How to draw curling and twisted petals and Read More

$20

How to Draw Wildflowers-Part I

Building 989 in the Presidio 1989 Long Ave., San Francisco, CA

  Enjoy the beauty of spring wildflowers. Drawing them will help you get to know them better and will help you see aspects of your favorite wildflowers that you have never noticed before. This introductory workshop will teach you: How to understand basic flower structure. How to capture the symmetry of wildflowers with simple lines. How Read More

$20

Nature Journaling 101

Building 989 in the Presidio 1989 Long Ave., San Francisco, CA

So you want to keep a nature journal or bump your current practice to a higher orbit. Join us for a workshop to help you see the possibilities of what a journal can be and how to move from new years resolutions to a life changing habit. If you already have a journal kit, bring it Read More

$20

How to use Gouache in your Nature Journal

Building 989 in the Presidio 1989 Long Ave., San Francisco, CA

Gouache is an opaque water based paint. You can use it as a stand alone method to add color to your nature journal or as a supplement to a watercolor kit. When used on toned paper, it creates bold highlights and a dynamic value range. In this workshop, we will explore field tested techniques to Read More

$20

How to Draw Reptiles and Amphibians

Building 989 in the Presidio 1989 Long Ave., San Francisco, CA

Learn the fundamentals of reptile and amphibian anatomy that are important for field sketching. Discover the features that are critical for identification and how to include them in your drawings. Learn tricks to suggest scales without drawing every one and how to show the moist skin of amphibians.  

$20