I’ll Be Teaching a Workshop at SketchKon 2018June 10, 2018
I’m excited to announce that I’m teaching at the Sketchbook Skool and Artists Network SketchKon in November 2 to 4, 2018 (with a workshop class on November 1). It’s in Pasadena, California.
The SketchKon website went up a couple days ago. Click on that link to read about the event, the schedule of activities, the presenters, the sponsors, and of course to register!
I’ll be teaching a pre-SketchKon workshop called, “Everything I Know about Drawing I Learned from a Donut.” Click on that link to read a bit about what the class involves. Yes, we will be sketching donuts!
This full day workshop occurs on Thursday, November 1. It’s the perfect class to get you tuned up and ready for sketching anything that comes your way at SketchKon.
My workshop is fun and fast-paced. It is designed to push you through your discomfort zone into an expanded sense of creativity.
Through games and exercises I’ll help you create new ways to look at the world around you and get it down on paper.
I’ll also demonstrate approaches and techniques throughout the day so that you can see how I push, regroup, and push again.
Sketching is about making choices. Those choices come quickly with fluidity when you train your visual brain to focus on what is important to you.
“Donuts” is a watercolor and mixed media class. Bring your favorite sketch media. I’ll be presenting visual strategies that you can use, regardless of your media selection.
I don’t want you to think you have to buy a lot of supplies to attend. I have a list of supplies that will allow you to do the lessons. Most of these will be items you’ve already set aside to bring to SketchKon. Additional items are clearly explained; bring them if you have them, but if you don’t they won’t be essential. You can download the list by clicking on the link below.
“Donuts” Supply List click here.
UPDATE June 19, 2018: Wet Paint puts together kits for my other classes. While this workshop doesn’t have a specific kit, Wet Paint agreed to put things on a website paper to make student shopping easier. You can find the items on my supply list detailed on this Wet Paint site.
Wet Paint is a local independently owned art supply store where I buy my supplies—I’m not associated with them financially, they just are really helpful about making things convenient for artists!
Remember, aim to work with what you already have and are comfortable with. Don’t go overboard and buy a lot of supplies. Look at my suggested list of watercolors and see if you already have similar selections that you can use.
Note: One thing—due to my odor sensitivities please do not bring Sharpies, any solvent based pens or markers, or alcohol based markers to class. I really will pass out. My supply list provides the names of several waterproof pens you can use.
One thing you will need is a lot of pages. We are going to draw, draw, draw!
Because this is a watercolor and mixed media class and I’m encouraging people to use watercolor and water-soluble pencils watercolor paper is the most appropriate paper choice.
My supply list provides a couple recommendations for the commercially bound journals you will have success with in class.
I am editing video taped instructions for tearing down watercolor paper and making your own pamphlet sketchbook for our workshop. These will post sometime at the beginning of August. It’s a simple option that you can use to ensure you work on paper you really love.
The day after the workshop Sketchkon kicks off on Friday, November 2. As you can see in the schedule there will be all sorts of presentations and demonstrations that will allow you to fill your days with new understanding about sketching, visual journaling, art supplies, and creativity.
During SketchKon I’ll be giving two one-hour presentations and also participating in the wrap-up panel discussion on “Sketchbook Themes.”
But wait, there’s more. I couldn’t go to LA and be 15 minutes away from the Zoo and not sketch at the Zoo! And you can come too.
After Sketchkon wraps we’ll Uber over to the LA Zoo for a sketch out. This isn’t a class. There won’t be any lecture. It’s just a bunch of sketchers sketching live animals. It’s a great way to decompress after this exciting event.
At the sketch out you can ask me questions or you can wander off and sketch by yourself. We’ll meet after an afternoon of sketching at a designated time and place to look over what we’ve captured in our sketchbooks.
Come and join me at SketchKon!