Workshops and Presentations
Workshop: Colored Pencil on Translucent Drafting Film
We will be using the unique Dura-Lar translucent polyester film which very readily accepts colored pencil and allows for rich color and sharp details with little effort. Because of its translucency, you can work on both sides for richer effect or even stack layers for an atmospheric effect. Learn how to use this surface to create colored pencil images that pop! When you’re finished drawing on it (both sides!) you mount it to an opaque background and frame it under glass or acrylic.
Sunday, February 4, 2018 10 AM - 4 PM
Workshop: Monarch Butterfly in Colored Pencil
We will focus on how to create:
- A soft, blurry background
- The roughness of tree bark
- The furriness of moss
- The delicate features of a monarch butterfly’s wings that you may not have noticed before
You will take home a finished drawing suitable for framing! A $10 materials fee made payable to instructor will include Stonehenge drawing paper with the outline drawing already transferred and a step-by-step booklet.
Sunday, March 4, 2018 10 AM - 4 PM
Workshop: Vibrant Realism with Colored Pencil
Learn how to use a variety of techniques, surfaces and tools with colored pencils to create glowing color and details that blur the distinction between drawing and painting. Colored pencils offer the control and portability of pencil and the color of paint! Open to all levels.
(No scheduled dates at this time)
Workshop: Landscape Textures and Techniques with Colored Pencil
Does the idea of trying to draw convincing rocks, leaves, bark and grasses with colored pencil seem too overwhelming to even attempt? Learn how easy they can be with some techniques that anyone can master. Open to all levels.
(No scheduled dates at this time)
"I just wanted to drop you a line, saying how much I enjoyed your two-day workshop. Your work is very inspiring, and I think I shall start incorporating more landscapes into my work." -- Bill S.
"I've been thinking a lot today about how much I enjoyed your workshop. Thank you for sharing your skills!" - A.S.
Presentation: Colored Pencil as a Fine Art Medium
Is your San Francisco Bay Area art group looking for interesting new presentations? I give a 90-minute presentation about the wonderful medium of colored pencil titled "Colored Pencil as a Fine Art Medium".
- Why use colored pencils?
- History of colored pencils
- Types of pencils
- Problems and solutions
- Good books for learning more
I bring along examples of my work on a variety of surfaces, paper samples, and some of my favorite technique books.
Saturday, May 12, 2018 1 - 3 PM
Society of Western Artists
527 San Mateo Ave.
San Bruno, CA
"Really enjoyed your presentation...very thorough and entertaining." -- Linda O.
Presentation: Speeding Up Colored Pencil
For those who might be familiar with traditional colored pencil rendering techniques but are put off by how long it takes to produce a finished piece, I give a 90-minute presentation about some additional techniques and surfaces which can dramatically speed up the process. I demonstrate and discuss both their advantages and disadvantages.
- Drafting film
- Sanded surfaces
- Heat (Icarus board)
- Water-soluble additions
I bring along examples of my work which were done using these techniques and surfaces.
"Thank you so much for the demo and showing us the newer speedier techniques in colored pencil drawing! I had no idea.....and I think a lot of eyes were opened wide according to the comments I heard." -- Linda W.
"The presentation with examples and the specific information given in Denise's handout made for an excellent learning opportunity about the developments affecting colored pencil art and how it can be used in a faster manner." -- Ginny S.