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Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

Absolutely Beginning Drawing

with Suzy Ferriss


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**This is an adult drawing class.**

Based on Johannes Itten's landmark classes taught at the Bauhaus, this course will introduce students to the basics of drawing. The text "Design and Form," a compilation of exercises from Itten's teachings, will serve as a springboard for examining elements and principles of art and design that include line, value, texture, harmony, and movement. A variety of drawing techniques will be covered as students create works in media such as pencil, charcoal, ink, and conte. This class is suitable for students of all levels.


  • Pencils (1 each: 4B, 2B, HB, 2H)
  • Erasers (1 each: kneaded, art gum, Pink Pearl)
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Charcoal (2 sticks vine (can be purchased in packets), and 1 stick compressed)
  • Conte crayon (1 each: white, brown, black)
  • Black India ink (for drawing, not mechanical pens)
  • Pen staff and assorted pen points (Can be purchased in kit. Make sure for drawing, not lettering)
  • Brush suitable for ink (bamboo handled brush recommended)
  • Small containers for waters (plastic)
  • Cotton rag
  • Paper towels
  • 18 "ruler
  • 1 sketchbook, approximately 14" x 17" in size (suitable for a variety of media)
  • 18" x 24" pad drawing paper (suitable for a variety of media)
  • 1 pad newsprint
  • 1 sheet tinted paper (suitable for conte crayon, gray or brown recommended)
  • Scissors
  • The following 3 items will be discussed during class): 1 sheet clear plastic (such as acetate), 1 sheet thin cardboard, 1 black sharpie marker
  • Masking tape.


  • Colored medium such as pastels, colored pencil, or oil pastels
  • Tool box for transporting supplies
  • Glue (glue stick, white glue, or rubber cement)
  • Inexpensive portfolio or some means of carrying and protecting your work
  • Magazines with interesting imagery
  • Graphite paper
  • Xacto knife, #11 blades
  • Old shirt or smock.

Text for class: Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, Edwards (optional, but recommended) - Can be found online at discount prices. Try or eBay. Additional recommended text: The Natural Way to Draw, Nicolaides.

  • Feb 24th, 2019
    Sun for 1 week from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Carriage House, Ground Floor

980 Briarcliff Road Northeast
ATLANTA, GA 30306 Get directions

Room: Painting/Drawing Studio 1

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