Observation, Memory, and Imagination (online, tuition-free)

To realize your own inspiration, this online course takes you through a study of perception, the history of composition, as well as drawing and painting exercises. Students who take this course may proceed exclusively with drawing, or proceed to painting, as well. Inspiration is encouraged in the class, as well as technical matters to realize these inspirations. An encouraging atmosphere is one of the durable constants of this class. All approaches, from realistic to abstract, are supported. Come to the first class with a pencil and sketchbook.

Special Notes

This is an online class hosted through Zoom. We recommend that you download the free Zoom application on your computer, phone, or tablet in advance of the first class. You will receive a confirmation email containing a link to join the course via Zoom. The same link will be used each week.

What you will learn:

  • Gain an understanding of visual memory, and how it operates during observational drawing, as well as during imagination

  • Experience using a drawing diary to plan paintings

  • Completion of at least one planned painting from a thumbnail, through feedback, to relative completion

  • Developing a sense of how your own drawing in paint leads to ideas

Required Supplies:

  • A pocket sketchbook is required, size 4 x 6 inches

  • Graphite pencils 4B, 2H

  • Kneadable eraser

  • An introductory kit of paints, either oil or acrylic paints (Golden Open Acrylics brand):

    • Burnt Umber
    • Burnt Sienna
    • Ultramarine Blue
    • Yellow Ochre
    • Titanium White
    • Ivory Black
  • Brushes: #8, #4 flats, #2 round

  • Canvas board, canvas paper or stretched canvas

  • Odorless turpenoid (if painting with oils)

  • Refined linseed oil (if painting with oils)

  • Container cups for the two above (if painting with oils)

  • A yogurt cup for water (if using acrylics)

  • Paper towels

  • Palette paper

  • Palette knife

  • A basic watercolor kit, acrylic kit, or oil painting kit is also acceptable

  • Optional: oil pastels