Reflections and other tricky things about water (Oakland)

Junior Center of Art and Science 558 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland

Why is water so hard to paint? How do you sketch something that's always moving? Why can you see the bottom of the lake in one spot, but the reflected sky right next to it? We’ll talk a little about the science, look at solutions different artists have used, develop some strategies for analyzing what

Drawing Fundamentals: Gesture & Negative Shapes (Oakland)

Junior Center of Art and Science 558 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland

Start the Nature Journaling New Year with a look at the most important skills for getting an image on the paper. Using gesture sketching and negative shapes together allows you to block in basic shapes and see fundamental masses. Once you have this down, the details, color, and value can drop onto a framework that

Color Gets All the Credit, Value Does All the Work (Oakland)

Junior Center of Art and Science 558 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland

Want to get more of a pop from your watercolors? Wish they were easier to use? Would you like an adaptable system to help you get your paint down on the paper? It is easy to get wrapped around the axle about accurately matching a color. With practice and work you can learn to match

How to draw Marine Mammals (Oakland)

Junior Center of Art and Science 558 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland

Join the Nature Journal Club for a 1.5 hour workshop to help you sketch marine mammals as you see them in the field. Whether you draw from shore or head out whale watching, this class will help you capture the moments on paper. Learn relevant anatomy for artists and field sketchers to help you draw

Drawing Birds: getting the details (Oakland)

Junior Center of Art and Science 558 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland

When the bird lands in front of you, you must be ready to get the basic form on paper with a few lines. This was the focus of last month's workshop which you can view here. But what do you do then? Once you have this basic shape you are ready to fill in the

Songbird Sketching (Oakland)

Junior Center of Art and Science 558 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland

Would you like to sketch the birds at your feeder and garden? Learn basic techniques to get the bird on paper while it is still in front of you and how to fill out the drawing from memory and reference once it has flown the coop. In this workshop we will explore drawing songbrids from

Intentional Curiosity (Oakland)

Junior Center of Art and Science 558 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland

“Curiouser and curiouser!” Cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English).” ― Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Curiosity is not a trait you are born with. It is a skill that you can develop and refine with practice.It is more essential than any

Drawing Mammals: the final details (Oakland)

Junior Center of Art and Science 558 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland

Join the Nature Journal Club for a 1.5 hour workshop to round out our exploration of mammal anatomy, structure, and drawing techniques. This will be a fun draw along lecture so bring your sketchbook and pencil. In this workshop we will: Explore ways of rotating a simple mammal model in your head so that you can draw the

Drawing Mammal Heads and Faces (Oakland)

Junior Center of Art and Science 558 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland

Did you ever draw a cow that looked like a dog? Learn basic principles of drawing mammal heads and faces that solve the most common problems artists encounter.  Discover the importance of eye placement and shape. Learn the primary muscles that make prominent bulges and masses on the head. Study the dynamics of common animal

Fast Sketching: Mammals (Oakland)

Junior Center of Art and Science 558 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland

Learn techniques to quickly and accurately draw mammals in the field. This workshop will focus on understanding key points of mammal anatomy that help you pose and draw mammals from any angle.  Learn how to: Understand basic mammal skeletal structure and the key differentiations between major groups. Simplify complex muscle masses to essential lines. Rotate