Drawing Boot Camp with Armin Mersmann

As part of our Summer Solstice celebration, join renowned artist Armin Mersmann and immerse yourself into a week-long study of drawing and the art of observation. We all see the world around us, but do we really look, take in the forms, shapes, and structures as an artist does? Just relying on our memory alone does not suffice. Light, shadow, and details are hard enough to replicate when they’re right there in front of you. If you must invent them or try to go from memory, they appear even less convincing. Learn the difference between observational realism and intellectual realism by drawing what you see – not what you think you see. We will work only in graphite during this five-day workshop. Some of the topics include contour drawing, full-value rendering, negative/positive space, sight measuring (sighting) and the often-misunderstood grid system. Traditionally, observation drawing is from life and this will be emphasized but in today’s world, photo references play a very important role as long as you take your own photos. We will cover how to do this successfully and bring life into a drawing when working from a photograph. Every lesson in this class will be augmented by demos from Armin.


As part of our Summer Solstice celebration, this class will run Monday, June 14th until Friday June 18th from 10am until 5pm.

Cost is $350 for members and $380 for non-members.

**8 students minimum to run class!