Have you ever longed to be a bird and fly high? This two-hour class will allow plenty of time to learn and practice the basics of drawing buildings and landscapes from above – something maybe you may not have tried before. The colored pencil drawing shown is on toned paper, was created by a student in a prior VisArts class that was held on our rooftop terrace!
Materials: Your choice. You can be freer with the materials shown above rather than ink, and it will allow you to use white as a highlight. Have some sketch paper handy, a regular pencil, and an eraser for a quick preliminary sketch. A ruler and/or a triangle, or some kind of straight edge would be handy, but not required. (The best colored pencils that Kate Lanxner has found for this type of work have large durable vibrant points, the Lyra Giants, but Prismacolors available in any art store are very good too.
Finding your vantage point: Pick a window on the second or third floor of your home, of a friend’s. If you just have one story, one suggestion is the 2nd floor of the Rockville library which has big picture windows. You could take a couple of photos and work from those at home. Have all your materials within reach.
Before class, if you can, take a look at the website of the prize-winning artist shown here, Stephen Wiltshire, who does very detailed cityscapes from the sketches he makes in a helicopter. www.stephenwiltshire.co.uk.
Instruction will be provided through the Zoom platform. Students will need to have a webcam and the ability to download zoom on their computer, phone, or tablet. Once you register for the class, you will be sent an e-mail with the Zoom URL to log in to the class. Please provide a correct and viable e-mail address when registering as this is how you receive your link.
Please use the Notes section on the registration form to list any accommodations you will need during the class.