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Drawing Nature

Drawing Plants Class

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Who: General public, volunteers, lovers of nature

What: Drawing plants, this four session sketching class will help you see nature the way an artist does. Combining drawing skills and plant observation, you will learn how to draw what you see. If you haven't drawn a line, this is a great time to begin. If you love to draw, join us. There is always more to learn. Instructor Bernadine Basile spent many years teaching as a Professor of Art at Towson University, Maryland. She is a University of Illinois Extension Master Garden Intern. Her garden is now her passion, and she loves relaxing in it and drawing what she sees. Pre-register today.

When: Class dates April 7, 14, 28 and May 5. All classes: 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Where: University of Illinois Extension

5527 Miller Circle Drive, Matteson, IL 60443 Conference Room.

How to sign up: Pre-register by April 3. Class size limited. $20 for the series, check payable to University of Illinois Extension.

Call 708-720-7500, speak to the secretary to sign up or e-mail

Nancy Pollard, Horticulture Educator

Materials to bring to the first and each class:

Spiral drawing pad, smooth texture, medium or heavy weight. 9" x 12" or 11" x 14"

Sketching kit composed of:

Drawing pencils: 6B (very soft), 4B, 2B, and HB (hard)

Gum Eraser or White Plastic Eraser either leaves minimal smudging

Kneaded Eraser for erasing and toning

Pencil sharpener or Exacto knife to give points to pencils

Optional: Paper Stomp or Tortillion for blending graphite in drawings

Possible source for sketching kit (no endorsement intended): Michaels (in store only) had a sketch kit for around $5 packaged by Loew Cornell, basic starter set SKU 89241 13318. (Not available on web or we would have ordered them for participants.) Other vendors and brand names can be substituted.

Nancy Pollard
Horticulture Educator

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