Workshops & Class Offerings
My classes emphasize skill-building and an integrated approach to learning art. This includes mindfulness, body awareness, self-support.
In addition to teaching workshops across the USA, Canada and Europe, I conduct ongoing classes through my private studio.
My daily fee (2017) for workshops is $850, plus travel expenses, room and board.
Please contact me for more information and contract details, class descriptions and supply lists.
Calligraphy Classes & Workshops
2–3 day workshops
Calligraphy & Lettering On the Go!
The Journal is the Destination
Heart of Sketching
The Joy of Calligraphy:Developing your own script
Roman Holiday: fundamentals of Roman Capitals for the fearful and uninitiated
The Many Faces of Italic
Italic and Beyond
Three month series for calligraphy groups
Romans, Foundational and Italic over three months. One weekend per month spent on exploring the fundamentals of these hands, with emphasis on developing good letter forms. The class also focuses on composition as well as traditional and non-traditional approaches to daily practice.
3-5 day workshops
Journal of the Spirit
A Book of Ours
What’s My Line
Heart of Sketching
Drawing Classes & Workshops
Ongoing Weekly Group meeting on Mondays, 10-12:30
Sketch Austin is designed for artists of all levels. The only prerequisites: a spirit of adventure, curiosity, and a willingness to learn “on the fly.” In this class we get to know Austin, and begin to see things we typically take for granted. Places we sketch include: Zilker Botanical Gardens, Springdale Farms, the lobby of the “W” Hotel, The Texas State Capitol, University ofTexas, St. Edwards, South 1st Street, The Wizard Academy, Various coffee shops, Each class concludes with lunch, where we share what we have learned and often continue sketching. A couple of times during the six week sessions I offer Open Studio times at my studio where we focus on particular skills such as watercolor techniques, gesture and contour line drawing, composition. Themes for the class range from “Sketch Austin People,” to “Sketch Austin Botanicals.”
The supply list is simple: blank sketch pad, HB pencil, Nijja Water Brush, small watercolor palette, a few colored pencils and a fountain or micron pen. Water bottle, sun hat, portable chair and Viva paper towels are also great to carry along.
Drawing In: A Mindful Approach
Weekend workshop based on Franck’s book, Zen Seeing, Zen Drawing
Learning to draw is about learning to see. We overlook the beauty around us when we are rushing around in our daily scramble to get somewhere else. This class will allow participants to Be Here Now in experiencing drawing as a form of meditation and focus. Drawing mindfully will be the intention, focusing on what is before us, not what is in our heads. Indeed, we will quiet the endless internal chatter by conducting some of the class in silence. Simple class exercises will include extended drawings of small ordinary objects one chooses, like a leaf, a hand, a flower. Paying attention to our breath, posture and movement will allow us to draw in an authentic way.
A simple HB pencil and a drawing pad is all you need for this class.
Drawing and Sketching Fundamentals
workshop or weekly course
Learn the basics of drawing with exercises focusing on line, form, value (light and dark), texture, perspective, composition. Inspired by Frederick Franck’s book, Zen Seeing, Zen Drawing, we will learn to slow down and really look at what we are drawing. Early exercises include pure or blind contour & gestural drawing, and mark-making. Anyone can learn to draw and I am excited about helping you get over your doubts about ability
Zen Seeing, Zen Drawing by Frederick Franck
The Natural Way to Draw by Nicolaides
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards
Creative License: Danny Gregory
Special Venues and Upcoming Workshops
International Calligraphy Conference
Selected Faculty, International Calligraphy Conference, 2018
Details coming soon
The Contemporary Austin Art School (formerly Laguna Gloria)
I offer calligraphy classes each semester.