Workshops and Classes

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Sketching On Location Workshop in Sydney

THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULLY BOOKED: Please email me if you would like to my mailing list for the next time I run it...

I am very pleased to announce a new 2 day workshop Thursday 10 - Friday 11 July in The Rocks area of Sydney.

My definition of sketching is a fast personal response and record of the moment -  it is not an elaborate drawing or a polished painting.  My goal of working spontaneously means that I am constantly sharpening foundational drawing and painting skills - this is what I want to share in this workshop.

We will be using the Tea Cosy’s amazing collection of teacups and tea cosies as our subject matter for the morning session - I can think of no better subjects to explain my core concepts! We will then go out in the afternoon to put these principles into action on the streets in the visually rich area of the Rocks.

Day 1: The fundamental principles
The importance of learning to see and three 'ways of seeing' that I use
Approaches to composition and how to put it into practice out on location
Day 2: Fundamentals applied to spontaneous sketching with the restriction of time!
Ways of starting and developing your sketch - to setup or not, edges, tones, colour
How to simplify a complex scene, create a strong focus and tell a story about where you are

This workshop is designed for beginners but will also include more advanced exercises for experienced sketchers. 
The morning sessions focus on structured exercises. the afternoons will allow for more tailored 1-on-1 instruction.

My weekly classes are still on hold and this is the only workshop I will be doing till late Sept (at the earliest) So if you are interested….Please email me now lizsteel (at) gmail (dot) com

On the "drawing board"  .....

Watercolour Techniques for Location Sketching
Basic colour theory, getting to know your colours, understanding wetness, preserving whites, simplifying shapes, simple bold juicy washes - all techniques applied to location sketching and will also incorporate use of ink lines. (some drawing experience recommended)

Sketching Architecture: Elements 
Looking at how to draw and paint various elements, close up, distant and in perspective. Windows, Doors, Roofs, Stairs, Materials/textures etc

Sketching Architecture: Architectural Styles 
Learning the key features of the most common architectural styles (eg. classical, gothic, modern) and how to sketch them. This is not a 'history of architecture course' but more architectural history from a sketchers point of view.

Sketching Architecture: Applied
Applying the ' SkA system'  of the Fundamentals course to a number of different buildings around Sydney. A different building every week - first half of class would be analysis and second half would involve completion of a finished sketch. (some drawing experience recommended)


Previous classes/workshops

February 2014 Exploring the Rocks

During the 5 weeks exploring the Rocks we explored my core concepts for spontaneous location sketching - whether sketching at home or while travelling.
- Learning to see better with your artists brain and how to start your sketch
- Exploring the interaction of line vs colour
- Simplifying a complex scene and creating a strong focus
- Achieving strong tones
- Applying a few compositional strategies

16 November 2013 workshop at Ku Ring Gai Art Society

Capturing the moment - the art of travel sketching: more details here
A summary of the introduction to the workshop I gave at the June monthly meeting here

Sketching Architecture: The Rocks -  November 2013

Sketching Architecture 4 week course - on location sketching in the Rocks area  Sydney. 
Thursday or Friday mornings   06 - 29 Nov. 10.00am - 1.30pm.

and also a one day workshop

Saturday 30 November 9.30am- 4.30pm (covering the same content in the one day!)

Read all about it here


Balmoral Sketching - Fridays  11 Oct - 1 Nov

4 week course – Friday mornings  9.30am- 1.00pm at Balmoral Beach
Friday 11 October  – Friday 1 November 2013
Cost: $150 for 4 weeks. Casual classes available for $50.

Exploring essential techniques for sketching on location at the beautiful Balmoral beach.
Looking at
- the importance of trusting your own responses and being committed to learning to see better
-       -  techniques for line and wash - how to use the lines to describe edges and strategies for applying colour.
-       - experimental approaches to line and wash – using water soluble lines and bold washes of colour
-      -  how to tell a story and create a strong focus
-       - choosing subject matter that inspires you and composing it on the page


Mosman Sketching - Wednesdays 21 Aug -11 Sept

4 week course revisiting the essential techniques that we explore in the Manly course (see below). The intention was to explore the suburb of Mosman but we ended up at Balmoral every week - using the rotunda in the park as our base.

Blog posts about the classes as below

Week 1 - Setup
Week 2- Lines
Week 3 - Value
Week 4 - Colour

Melbourne: Capturing the Moment - The art of Location Sketching

Two day workshop held in Melbourne:  Thursday 19 - Friday 20 September

During this two day workshop, I shared with 22 participants why and how I get such a creative buzz out of sketching on location. The aim was to  inspire them all to begin, or continue, on their very own creative journey – with sketchbook in hand. Based in the wonderful Botanical Art School Melbourne we had two fantastic days inside and out - sketching in whatever conditions the Melbourne weather threw our way!

Check out these blog posts summarizing Day 1 and Day 2

Please send me an email know if you would like to be on mailing list for future workshops in Melbourne

Sketching Architecture Workshop: Melbourne University

Totally fun one day workshop at Melbourne University:  Saturday 14 September

Read all about it here and don't forget to follow my sketching architecture blog as well.
Please send me an email know if you would like to be on mailing list for future Sketching Architecture classes or workshops.

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