Impactful Pencil: Transforming Simple Graphite Works to More with Rhonda Nass
Sat-Sun, October 9-10, 2021| 9am-4pm both days| Deadline to register: Sept 27 by 4pm
$175 class fee + $15 kit fee. See below for more info about supplies
We’ve all worked with a graphite pencil, even if it’s just been signing our names or writing a list. In this workshop we’ll be training our hands and minds to have a sensitivity to the amount of pressure we use to apply that graphite mark so that we can produce impactful drawings that include the full range from white to black. We’ll initially be inspired by seeing other artists’ graphite drawings. We’ll then do an exercise that stretches your comfort zone to practice applying an almost invisible layer of graphite to white paper moving to almost black coverage. We’ll refine this use of a full polarized value range through fairly fast tiny drawings, and on the second day we’ll briefly review composition so you can begin your final artwork of your chosen subject matter designed in an excellent composition.
Materials fee: $15. The instructor provides:
- Paper: I’ll have several brands of paper in tablets for you to sample, then choose one sheet for final artwork. If you bring additional paper, please choose “medium” or “vellum,” not plate/smooth or rough/heavily textured, but there should be enough variety within the class papers.
- Kneaded eraser
- Vellum tissue for tracing and transferring imagery to final paper
- Exercise sheet for refining skills to produce best light to dark value range and for reusing again and again as a value range guide
- “Gifts from the Earth” published book illustrated by Rhonda Nass
- Sanity window (trust me…it’s harmless and helpful)
- Scrap paper for tweaking pencil tip after sharpening
- Cotton cloth for wiping pencil after sharpening
- Turkey feather for wiping off pencil eraser residuals
Students will need to bring:
- Pencils: 4H, 2H, HB (or F), 2B, 4B, 8B
- Black Prismacolor colored pencil
- Masking tape
- Your chosen source material (what you use as reference material to guide you as you draw your idea/imagery). I highly recommend for novice drawers close-up photography so you can focus on learning the technique with excellence and not get bogged down in multiple, complex elements to capture (e.g. a bicycle gear vs. a bicycle in a setting, or one bloom versus a whole plant or landscape). Veteran drawers limit elements, please. Questions: email@example.com
- Patience, patience, patience!
In the event a workshop is cancelled due to low enrollment, you will be contacted immediately and refunded entirely. Please review our cancellation policy here.
Here at River Arts, your safety is the most important thing for us. We plan to run in-person studio classes, but with the following safety precautions added:
- A limit of 7 students in each class
- All students will work at their own 6ft table, maintaining social distancing
- Studio staff will clean and disinfect all surfaces at the end of each day.
- Latex-free rubber gloves, disposable masks, and hand sanitizer will be available to all students free of charge
- Face masks highly recommended for unvaccinated guests
- Subject to change based on most current CDC guidelines*