Nature Drawing with Afsaneh Michaels__Nov 1 – Dec 6, 2023__ Wednesdays 10:00-12:30__ Studio 1

Nature Drawing with Afsaneh Michaels

November 1 – December 6, 2023. Wednesdays 10:00-12:30 Studio 1

 Nature drawing connects you with the beauty of the nature around you and introduce or deepen your drawing practice from nature. Nature drawing has a way of bringing your body and soul into nature and helps you get lost in the calm and quiet of the moment. Beginners learn to draw branches, leaves, small flowers, fruits or vegetables and birds.  Intermediate student artists draw more complex scenery, perhaps add color. More advanced students work with scale, perspective and more detail was well as color.

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

We will use pencil, charcoal, colored pencils, or pastels, and 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 arrangement, at least a week ahead.  Studio 1 is the place to meet, some days we might move to studio 2 if there is a remodel project going on in studio 1.


Instructor: Afsaneh A Michaels


Dates: November 1- December 6

Wednesday: 10:00-12:30 pm.

Cost: $ 175.00 Members   $195.00 Non-members

Place: Studio 1


Number of students: 15

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.