Learn and practice a portable sketching technique that is equally useful while traveling, at the beach and at the kitchen table. In this class we make sketches with watercolor, pencil and pen with a small materials kit in a small workspace. Class meets at the Handicraft Club, lessons include garden sketch, interiors and still life at the Club as well as walking field trips to indoor and outdoor neighborhood spots such as the RISD Museum and RISD Fleet Library. Beginners are welcome, exercises can be adapted by all levels of experience.
FALL 2019 Field Trips include private tour of the Lippitt House followed by sketching indoors and possible painting outdoors, weather permitting, RISD Museum private viewing of selected works on paper in the Department of Prints Drawings and Photographs, RISD Museum visit to the Gorham show.
Fees: $8 Lippitt House field trip. Each student is also responsible for entrance fee or membership to RISD Museum (Artists memberships are available).
If you cannot attend all dates please don’t be concerned, each student works at her own pace and will learn weather she can make it to 2 classes or 9.
9 weeks The schedule will vary somewhat with weather
September 18 WELCOME PLAY WITH YOUR PAINTS Welcome notes here.
September 25 LIPPITT HOUSE Thanks to club member Jenny Schweich we have a private appointment for this, typically the Museum is closed Wednesday, we can walk or plan together for transportation
October 9 PAINTING FLOWERS Floral sketch notes here
October 16 TREES HOW-TO AT THE BROWN QUAD weather permitting or FIGURE SKETCH
October 22 CITY SKETCH weather permitting or COLORFUL INTERIORS
October 30 VESSELS Finding the underlying simple shapes and adding detail . (Or whatever moves you.)
November 6 COLORFUL INTERIORS (or other not covered so far)
November 13 NO CLASS, the 13th is currently functioning as our make up date
November 20 is officially our make up date but we have a date for a private viewing at the RISD Museum’s department of Prints Drawings and Photos. If I can get this changed to an earlier date I will. They are short staffed right now so I am pleased simply to have made an appointment for us. Here are notes on one approach to drawing at the museum.
RISD MUSEUM PDP Click here for procedure for visiting the PDP
MEMBERSHIP at the RISD Museum During the course we may go to the museum 1-3 times, you will be responsible for your entrance fee. Click here for information. Artist memberships are $40.
Lippitt House entrance fee $8
Please bring materials you are most comfortable with. Below are guidelines. If you would like a ready-made supply kit contact me at email@example.com.
-watercolor sketchbook (your preference hot -smooth- or cold-textured- press).
-paintbrush, synthetic-round number 8, 10, 12 or 20
-watercolor half pan set of your choice (more info here)
-jar for water with a tight fitting lid
-water bottle to refill water jar as necessary
-paper towels for blotting
-sketchbook of lighter weight paper (such as the moleskines
-pencil, a hard and soft or of your choice
-eraser (unless it is on your pencil already)
-supply bag to keep it all in such as: http://www.amazon.com/Vinyl-Mesh-Zipper-color-vary/dp/B000HFUEFY
clips or an elastic band to keep your sketchbook together on windy days.
Optional: Portable stool-handy in many on-the-spot circumstances and even when standing-as a table for materials. More important when using watercolor http://www.rei.com/product/765283/rei-trail-stool, walkstool(18”) And another.
If you are looking for more info here are links to my process notes.
Play with your paints, introductory exercises.
Watercolor city garden sketch.
Color impressions notes.
Watercolor green pathway
Watercolor Bioswale Demonstration
Cityscape sketch (from Providence Place Mall)
Interior sketch from a photo
WHAT TO BRING: sketchbook, pencil, paints, brush and tiny watercolor jar. A phone for taking photos can be handy but is not crucial.
IN SHORT: We will sketch in pencil in the galleries or rooms as per the museum’s rules about media (no paints). Then, outside of the galleries, in the cafe, waiting areas, on the porch, or outside, we will add paint to our sketches.
For this trip you will need a RISD day pass ($12) or a Membership.
12:30PM MEET AT THE HANDICRAFT CLUB in the painting studio, review and prep
then walk to the museum together
12:55PM OR MEET US IN THE LOBBY OF THE CHACE CENTER
From the Chase Center lobby on Main St.,
Check our coats and watercolor supplies in the lockers.
Bring pencils and sketchbooks into the PDP.
1:00PM HEAD UPSTAIRS TO PDP
All other bags are to be left in the lockers or the closet in the PDP they are not allowed in the room with the art.
Admire, gloat, swoon and sketch a few pieces
2:15 RETURN TO CHACE LOBBY
Get our paint boxes from the lockers
find a spot at the tables
add color to our sketches.
3:00-3:15 HEAD BACK TO THE CLUB TO CATCH THE SHUTTLE Or stay if you like