Drawing & Painting from Nature
w/ Susan Stranz


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Drawing & Painting from Nature

Location: Held off-site at the Yarmouthport Firehouse. 340 Main Street
Instructor: Susan Stranz
Day: Tuesdays (6 classes) Beginning January 9
Time: 9:00am-11:30am
Price: Members $144/Non-Members $168


This class will focus on the fundamentals of drawing and painting things found in nature. Subject matter will include shells, botanical subjects, and more. Drawings will be done in graphite and then translated into watercolor. Students will learn how to make a subject look three- dimensional by using form, line and value. A variety of background techniques and color choices to best support the subject will be discussed and demonstrated. Compositional and design choices will be explored.

For those with a looser painting style, having a solid understanding of the subject will allow you to depict it with fewer strokes, but show accurate form. For those who are looking for realism, this will show you how to accomplish that as well.

This class is suitable for all levels. Some drawing experience helpful. All levels are welcome.

**The instructor is extremely allergic to fragrance. Please do not wear fragrance to class.**


• Canson Classic Cream Drawing Pad 9×12
• Graphite pencils HB, 3B, 6B (artists quality, Staedler, Tombow, Faber Castel)
• Erasers: Kneaded and Staedler Mars Plastic
• Tracing paper 9×12
• Watercolor paper: Arches 140# and or 300# cold pressed
• Brushes: #6 round, #12 round or similar/ soft with good point, and any other watercolor brushes you normally paint with
• Paint: Artists grade watercolor paint such as Winsor Newton Professional watercolors. You will need a warm and cool of each primary color. Some suggested colors: Aureolin or Lemon Yellow, Permanent Alizarin Crimson, French Ultramarine Blue, Winsor Yellow or New Gamboge, Cadmium Red Deep, Winsor Blue(red shade) Bring any other colors you enjoy using.
• Palette: suggested Pike palette or similar
• 2 support boards: I use foam core that is covered with either clear packing tape or clear contact paper. I cut them to accommodate quarter sheets of watercolor paper. If using blocks, will need two.
• 1” Masking tape (to secure paper to board)
• Miscellaneous supplies: paper towels, tissues, water containers
• Floral frog (available at most craft or floral stores…a small metal pronged holder to securely hold a stem or specimen)
• Small gooseneck lamp (available at Staples for about $10)
• Extension cord



Instructor Bio-

Susan holds an M.S. in Education and is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design. She is also a Copley Artist Member as well as a CCAA Master Artist Member. She currently teaches Watercolor Painting and Drawing at local colleges and art centers. Susan is a member  of the National Watercolor Society, the Cape Cod Art Association, Cape Cod Waterworks, the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, National Society of Botanical Artists, and Signature Member of Rhode Island Watercolor Society.

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