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The act of drawing is the earliest and most immediate of all art processes. The awareness of its elements, the line, and the mark are universal. The materials utilized are ubiquitous.

GROUNDS for DRAWING is an introduction to the principles of drawing: figure/ground, the elements of design, perspective, contour/blind contour, and composition. This six-and-a-half-hour workshop taught by Tohono Chul’s Director of Education and Exhibitions, James Schaub, is split over two days. Three hours on Monday and three and a half hours on Tuesday. A power point presentation of drawing principles will be followed by exercises in the gardens and on the grounds of Tohono Chul. A group critique will round out the workshop.

This stress-free workshop is geared towards beginners while offering new insights to the seasoned draughtsperson. Each participant must bring their own materials. Any sized drawing book/pad will work; however, 11 x 14”, 16 x 20”, or 18 x 24” pads are recommended as they allow for more freedom. In addition to a small sketchbook, a variety of basic monochromatic drawing materials are encouraged: pencil, ink, ball-point pen, vine and compressed charcoal, kneaded rubber, and magic rub erasers. Drawing is for everyone – it exercises and tunes the eye, the brain, and the hand.