Nature Drawing with Afsaneh Michaels February 28-April 3, 2024 Wednesdays  9:30-12:00 Studio 1

Nature Drawing with Afsaneh Michaels

February 28-April 3, 2024
Wednesdays 9:30-12:00
Studio 1

Nature drawing has a way of bringing your body and soul in synch with nature and helps you stay in the calm and quiet of the moment. Drawing helps you concentrate your mind and gives you an understating of the visual world like no other art. Drawing is the kind of art practice that you can bring into your home, on vacation, outdoors with friends, anywhere you wish with just a small sketchbook and some pencils.

This course teaches you age-old drawing methods in a detailed and methodical way over several weeks with a lot of practice and attention from the instructor. You will learn about form, shading, line weight, and composition and make lively, interesting, and beautiful drawings. A wide range of materials and mediums are introduced slowly as part of the class in demos.

In this class you learn and work in a cohesive environment where you get to see and appreciate a variety of art and inspire each other. You draw as beginners, intermediate students, and more experienced students all in one class, each group working on material appropriate to their group.

Beginners learn the basics of form, line and value/shading and learn to draw branches, leaves, small flowers, fruits or vegetables, and an animal, bird or insect. At the end of class, you’ll have at least one drawing with three or four components in it.

Intermediate students draw more complex scenery or a still life with natural elements in it and learn to use color (optional) with colored pencils, pastels, and watercolor- color is used by choice. This group produces several drawings, some in color and some in graphite or charcoal pencil.

More advanced students work with scale, perspective, tonal variation and more detail and color and scale or drawings that might be more abstract in nature.

We will use pencils, charcoal, colored pencils, pens, or pastels and to lesser extent watercolor ( always combined with pencils or pens). Great emphasis is on drawing real specimens and not necessarily working fro photos. Small things are brought in to the studio or your home as models.

Please come with your materials or at least a sketchbook and some pencils to the first class and learn about materials then. You can also contact the instructor at least one week (or more) ahead of time to buy you a basic kit. See blue panel on this page for supplies.

Instructor: Afsaneh Michaels. AfsanehAm@gmail.com
Dates: February 28-April 3, 2024
Wednesdays: 9:30- 12:00
Class Fee: $175.00 Members. $195.00 Non-members
Place: studio 1
Number of students: 18

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