Dick Rauh’s Workshop is on May 21st from 10am-3pm. So happy to welcome him to Lasdon Arboretum for the day. I am reposting his class description and supply list so you’ll be ready for the day :O) If you haven’t already paid me please mail your check to me or bring your payment to class on May 21st. If you are mailing your check contact me via email for my mailing address. firstname.lastname@example.org Check should be made out to Laura Gould.
Drawing Trees – Supply List and Class Description
My approach will be to emphasize an immediate eye-to-hand type of rendering using technical pens on water color blocks using Black Micron 05, 01, 005 and hot press blocks 10”x14” or 12” x 16”. Other sketchbooks and drawing materials are fine, the advantage of the blocks is their built-in support.
I also pick the technical pens because they come with their own ink supply- there are now a number of more flexible nib pens available with this feature- be my guest. If you are very unhappy working directly in pen and ink, I will make an exception, but you will miss the tension and excitement that comes from having to make a direct statement. (Believe me there are ways to fudge, even here).
Bring something to sit on, a camp chair or stool, hat, lunch and water.
We will meet in the classroom in the main house for a preliminary discussion of tree architecture and generally what to look when drawing trees: i.e. the differences in the branching patterns of common local trees, the masses of leaf forms defined by light and shade, etc. I will try to help you apply these observational and sketching techniques to the broader field of nature sketching. I will provide you with information about some of the materials and books available to get you started on this useful and rewarding practice. The use of contour drawing technique will be explained, and its application to the sketching of natural forms. We will attempt to complete at least one drawing of a tree in pen and ink.
Look forward to sketching with you.