Still Life Drawing Fundamentals with Sarah Hunter

Tue Oct 26 2021 at 06:00 pm to Thu Nov 04 2021 at 08:00 pm

The Tacony LAB Community Arts Center | Philadelphia

The Tacony LAB Community Arts Center
Publisher/HostThe Tacony LAB Community Arts Center
Still Life Drawing Fundamentals with Sarah Hunter
Develop your innate skills of representational drawing by taking a deep dive into the world of still life!
About this Event

Develop your innate skills of representational drawing by taking a deep dive into the world of still life! In this class we will explore various types of mark making. We will use charcoal as our primary medium and work with both line and value as we develop dynamic compositions. In addition to material concerns, we’ll explore the conceptual and thematic as well, looking at the long history of symbolism within the still life genre. The class will culminate with drawings of personalized arrangements utilizing some of our newly honed skills.


Class one- Brief intro to course. Shape and line

Break down of composition into shapes

Quick shape drawings (warm ups, 1 - 5 minute croquie technique)

Quick demonstration on line/ line weight as way to indicate form

Longer drawing using overall shapes as the building blocks

Class two- Tonal Drawing

Demo of tonal/eraser drawing

10ish minutes of prep compositional sketching

Longer tonal drawing (or several shorter drawings)

Class three- Still life as Symbolism

- Examples of how still life has communicated conceptual concerns through time

- Cross hatching demo

- Students set up still life using own objects

- 10 - 30 minutes of prep drawing. “What does this image mean to me/viewer?”

- Begin longer drawing utilizing mix of techniques covered

- Photo document arrangement if continuing next class

Class four- Continue final drawing

- Continue on arrangement from last class (or begin new)

- Opportunity for people to look at work/ share motivation for final piece

All levels welcome!

October 26th, 28th and November 2nd and 4th


Tacony LAB Class Enrollment and Attendance Policy

The Tacony LAB’s classes are unique in Philadelphia: we do not charge tuition or any sort of fees for any of our classes. 

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If you enroll ahead of time and do not attend the first class, you will be removed from the roster and your place will be offered to another student. 

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If you do not notify the LAB of absence or withdrawal, you will not be able to enroll in another class until 3 months have passed.

(Art Club for Kids and certain other workshops do not require enrollment.)


Event Venue & Nearby Stays

The Tacony LAB Community Arts Center, 6918 Torresdale Avenue, Philadelphia, United States


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