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Composing and Sketching for Painting Workshop


In this workshop I will introduce students to various sketching and drawing methods used to create and study composition as it relates to painting. Drawing is truly at the heart of painting representationally. As a representational painter, I credit my experience of drawing as the foundation for the paintings I’ve made. When I make a painting one of the first problems I need to solve is how to organize the picture plane/window of the frame. Drawing is a fast way to resolve and see what is structurally working and what isn’t. So that we may train our eyes to see our subjects as lines, shapes, and values, but also our compositions as being aligned to our vision . Here is what our class will include: 


  • Slideshows + Lectures: I will share a presentation and demonstrations on drawing methods (line, planar construction, and tonal), composition structures and examples, and philosophies on looking vs seeing.


  • Activity: Students will be given time to use the information provided to practice methods of drawing and composing. We will draw from a still life that is setup in the room and, if the weather cooperates, from the landscape at a nearby park.


  • Guided Feedback + Critique: All artists can benefit from feedback regardless of their experience level. Throughout the class I will be provided suggestions on ways that your work can improve based on the objective information I’ve presented. At the end of the day we will share the space to have an objective group critique. Critiques are meant to aid each of us in our skills of making and communicating the principles of art. Critiques are not meant to create competition. I want to reassure you that signing up for this class is meant to provide you with habits, tools, and ideas that should aid in your future pursuits of sketching + composition. I expect all students to come to this class with an open mind on prioritizing the process not the product of our work. 


If you’re interested in taking this class and would like more information please contact me at 


All materials are provided in this workshop. I ask that students only bring water, pen and paper/sketchbook for notes, and your own lunch. The hours for the workshop are 9AM - 4PM. Please show up on time as the class will start right at 9AM inside Task Creative. Feel free to arrive 10-15 minutes early to claim your spot. 


With all classes offered at Task Creative between October 13-15th I’m offering bundles to save when you sign up for more than one. 

Composing and Sketching for Painting Workshop 10-14-2023

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