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Nature Drawing with Afsaneh Michaels__May 1 – June 12 (7 weeks)__ Wednesdays  9:30-12:00 Studio 1

Nature Drawing with Afsaneh

May 1 – June 12 , 2024  (seven weeks)

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 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 the fundamentals of drawing in a detailed and methodical way over several weeks with a lot 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 vegetable, 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, or watercolor. 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.

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.

 

Instructor: Afsaneh Michaels.   AfsanehAm@gmail.com

Dates: May 1- June 12, 2024

Wednesdays: 9:30- 12:00

Class Fee: $205.00 Members.   $225.00 Non-members

Place: studio 1

Number of students: 18

Materials: Sketchbook: 93-120 Ibs. weight of your choice. Pencils: 6B, 5B, 4B, 3B, 2B, B, F, H, 4H, 6H. Set of charcoal pencils.  Pink/white eraser.  kneaded rubber eraser. Pencil sharpener. Gray scale.  Blending stumps.  Small ruler

Set of colored pencils if you choose color.

 

 

 

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