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TEACHING

TEACHING

​I mostly teach drawing and painting objects in relationship to each other: people, landscapes, or still-life. Not because it’s a higher form of art but because it’s how I learned to draw and paint and how I teach.

  • How to recognize and organize 2-D shapes on the paper or canvas,
  • How to turn 2-D shapes into simple 3-D forms using shading, then crafting the different forms together into complex forms

  • How to use a diversity of tools and materialsHow to create space

  • How to mix colors and basic color principals

  • An awareness of movements and rhythm within the subject and between the elements

  • That the guidelines for creating abstract art are the same as for realismThat it's important to copy

  • That vocabulary matters

                       The new art center, newtonville



I have been teaching classes in painting and drawing at the New Art Center in 1995-1997 and again, since 2009.
The classes I teach can be found at their website

               Classes at the Studio


Learning To Draw; Introduction to Drawing


Workshop classes are $75 per class or $210 for all 3 lessons

Workshop classes are $75 per class or $210 for all 3 lessons

"Learning To Draw" will be 3 Wednesday mornings: 9/22, 9/28, and 10/5, 9:30 - 12:30.

This class will introduce beginning students to the materials, techniques and different styles of drawing. Using demonstrations with still-life, followed by individual and group critiques, students will learn a framework for how to create a drawing: descriptive mark-making, blending and shading, value, shapes, form and composition. We will also get to know the tools of the trade: brushes, mediums, surfaces, and concepts.  

Drawing can be learned. Learning to coordinate the eye, the mind and the hand to respond in unison to visual stimuli is simpler than it may sound. As long as mistakes are not going to stop someone from trying again, I can help them learn the skills needed to make challenging and gratifying drawings.   @font-face {font-family:"Cambria Math"; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:roman; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-536870145 1107305727 0 0 415 0;}@font-face {font-family:Cambria; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:roman; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-536870145 1073743103 0 0 415 0;}@font-face {font-family:MyriadPro-Regular; panose-1:2 11 6 4 2 2 2 2 2 4; mso-font-alt:Calibri; mso-font-charset:77; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:auto; mso-font-signature:3 0 0 0 1 0;}@font-face {font-family:"Myriad Pro"; panose-1:2 11 6 4 2 2 2 2 2 4; mso-font-alt:"Segoe UI"; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:3 0 0 0 1 0;}p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-unhide:no; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; margin-top:0in; margin-right:0in; margin-bottom:10.0pt; margin-left:0in; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Cambria",serif; mso-fareast-font-family:Cambria; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";}.MsoChpDefault {mso-style-type:export-only; mso-default-props:yes; font-size:10.0pt; mso-ansi-font-size:10.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Cambria",serif; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-fareast-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria;}div.WordSection1 {page:WordSection1;}

Sketch-Booking Out In The World


Workshop classes are $75 per class or $210 for all 3 lessons
"Sketch-Booking" will be 3 Wednesday mornings: 9/22, 9/28, and 10/5, 9:30 - 12:30.

Sketch-booking is the activity of filling sketchbooks with drawings of life, from life. Learning to draw is learning to see, and anything and everything going on around us and in front of us is our subject. We have 2 goals for the class: finding the beautiful in wherever we are and discovering that the process of seeing and drawing is just as important and more fun than trying to create a "finished drawing".

We'll use materials that can fit easily into a pocketbook, satchel or a large jacket pocket:  pencils, pens, erasures, and if you're using brushes and inks, you’ll need a small container for water. We’ll start each class with a few quick lessons, where I’ll demonstrate techniques to develop greater eye/hand/mind coordination and teach you how to practice capturing the likeness and the spirit of a place or a scene.

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Rules of the road for sketching:


Loosen up – Let your hand and pencil wander and meander for your first drawings of the day.       

Understand that the process of drawing often matters more than a finished drawing -             

Do not be concerned with perfect or “right”: they don’t exist.

Seeing is the important thing.

Keep your materials list small- You want to be sure that you can carry and access them easily.

Embrace randomness - We are seldom given perfect compositions or subject matter so draw the imperfect ones you are given.              

Experiment with materials – Pencil, pen, ink or watercolor? Black, white or red? You decide.  

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