Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), The Silvery Light of November Coming Through the Trees, ca. 1919; watercolor on paper, 21 x 27 inches; Image from the Burchfield Penney Art Center Archives
Class / Workshop | A Day of Weather Effects: The Changing of Light
A Hands-on Virtual Workshop
Sunday, February 21, 2021, 12–2 pm
Artist/Instructor: Jennifer Koury
Fee: $24 for members / $34 for not-yet members
The workshop will be held on ZOOM
Capture changing light with beautiful mark-making, while exploring contrasting drawing supplies. Using value, shape, and line, we will be learning several drawing techniques to express changing light and atmospheric mood.
After seeing Chinese scrolls in 1915, Charles Burchfield experimented with transitions. His “all-day sketches” explored not only the passage of time, but the changing weather conditions including light and sound, rain, and wind. The elements are often represented in his works, and sometimes there seems to be a portal to changing seasons. Sketch the transitions of changing light observed from your unique, window view, while learning varied drawing techniques demonstrated by the instructor.
Find a well-lit, inspiring window view to observe the effects and transitions of light in the sky and on landscape forms. Then set up the following:
Ebony Pencil with a sharpened point.
Royal Langnickel Essentials Sketching, 21 Piece Charcoal/Graphite Set: Contains varying densities of both graphite- 4H-4B & an 8B and charcoal pencils- hard, med, soft, and sticks of graphite-2B, 4B, 6B and charcoal- hard, med, soft, and two small erasers,
And/Or Varying densities of graphite 2H- 8B and charcoal pencils- H, M, S.
Derwent Charcoal Set: Contains a white blending stump for softening, soft charcoal pencil, 2 tinted charcoal pencils- sepia and white, 3 compressed charcoal blocks, 2 vine charcoal, 1 chunky willow charcoal for broad strokes.
And/Or White and Sepia Conte Crayon/charcoal pencil, White blending stick, Dark / soft charcoal stick.
Stiff backing board to support drawing pressure for mark-making, drawing, and erasing.
Drawing paper: 100% cotton rag is a beautiful surface. 1-3 pieces having a soft, surface / soft tooth to adhere charcoal and graphite, approximately 11 x 14 or larger, such as, Rives BFK, Arches Cover, or Stonehenge, or Strathmore Bristol Vellum Drawing Paper, or Stillman & Birn, Alpha or Gamma- 9 x 12 Premium Sketchpad.
Krylon Workable Fixative- Spray Can.
90% - 100% Rubbing alcohol, 2 - 4 oz in a small jar, and an older brush that you won't mind marring and rubber gloves.
Koh-I-Noor or Prismacolor or Derwent kneaded eraser. The eraser will become dirty during the drawing process.
Pink pearl eraser or white eraser with a stiff edge.
Printing or copy paper- two to three sheets. Ipad or photos to assist you, if using changing natural light.
Optional but useful:
11 MonolithBox Graphite Drawing set by Brevillier's Cretacolor- Blend with water.
Koh-I-Noor Hardtmuth Graphite Woodless Graphite Pencils.
Registration coming soon. Questions? Contact Kathy Gaye Shiroki at firstname.lastname@example.org.