Drawing From Nature with Afsaneh Michaels _January 10-February 14 _ Wednesdays 9:30-12:00 _ Studio 1

Drawing From Nature with Afsaneh Michaels

January 10 -February 14,  2024

Wednesdays 9:30-12:00, Studio 1


Nature drawing has a way of bringing your body and soul in sync with nature and helps you get lost in the calm and quiet of the moment. Drawing helps you concentrate your mind and gives you an understanding of the world like no other art. In this class you are introduced or continue to deepen your drawing practice. Beginners learn to draw branches, leaves, small flowers, fruits, vegetables, and birds.  Intermediate student artists draw more complex scenery, perhaps add color. More advanced students work with scale, perspective, and more detail as well as color.

In this way of drawing, you learn age-old drawing methods in a detailed and methodical way. You will learn about, form, shading,  line weight and composition and make lively, interesting, and beautiful drawings. A wide range of mediums are introduced as part of the class in demos. The instructor works closely with every individual.

We will use pencil, charcoal, colored pencils, or pastels, and to a lesser extent watercolor combined with pencil. Emphasis is on drawing from real specimens and not necessarily working from photos. Small things are brought into the studio or into your home as models.

Please come with your sketchbook and pencils (dark or colored) and plan to have fun. A basic kit of materials can be purchased from the instructor by prior (at least a week ahead) arrangement.  Studio 1 is the place to meet, some days we might move to studio 2 if there is remodeling work going on in studio 1.


Instructor: Afsaneh A Michaels

Email: AfsanehAm@gmail.com

Dates: January 10- February 14

Wednesday: 9:30-12:00 pm.

Cost: $ 175.00 Members   $195.00 Non-members

Place: Studio 1

Number of students: 18           Materials: Sketchbook, pencils (lead-2H, 2B, 4B, 6B, 8B), Charcoal pencils (medium, dark, white) colored pencils (a full set). Email instructor for further info on materials.

Afsaneh Michaels, Instructor

Afsaneh A. Michaels is San Francisco Bay Area fine artist, illustrator, graphic designer, and teacher with over 30 years of creative experience. Afsaneh was raised from an early age in Europe and the U.S. She studied art and design at Edinburgh College of Art in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2000. She has exhibited work in galleries around the Bay Area, and the east coast. In the early part of her career Afsaneh worked as an urban and country planner with the United Nations in Africa in Kenya and Malawi and later transitioned into art and exhibit design and worked at the National Museums of Kenya in Nairobi where she designed an exhibit for anthropologist, Richard Leakey. Later she worked at the Smithsonian Institution, Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. Designing exhibits and collaborating with colleagues in various International museums. Afsaneh has always been an artist and after Edinburgh she moved to Florence in Italy where she started teaching small groups of adults and children in painting and drawing. Afsaneh loves to teach and uses a coaching style- mentoring each individual, guiding and developing their vision and direction while building foundational skills towards the student’s art practice. www.AfsanehMichaelStudio.com