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Light and Shadow "Realistic Pencil Drawing"


Instructor:  Ron Grote

After retirement, Ron decided to take the graphite drawing course offered by Center Place for the Arts and taught by Tim Mandese.  In addition, Ron also sought out instruction on the internet and through commonly available books.  He has won ribbons for graphite and colored pencil drawings created over the last 6 years.  As the result of being exposed to numerous artists’ approaches, Ron creates pictures using a light touch and layering techniques to develop the subject.




Light & Shadow

"Realistic Pencil Drawing"

Going beyond the odd doodle, this course covers the fundamentals of drawing as well as takes the more advanced artist to a higher level.  Focusing on light and shadows, the course will help you bring more depth and realism to your finished drawings. 

In the course, you will learn how to study and "break down" a subject into easy to draw pieces.  I will teach you how to create drama in a drawing as well as how to choose the right reference for your subject.   I will share with you, my tricks of the trade and show you how fun and exciting pencil drawing can be.  Artists are encouraged to bring examples of their drawing for critique.  This will help determine your current skill level and help you get the most from the class.  New artists need bring nothing more than pencils, paper and enthusiasm. 
 *As students progress, colored pencils will be added.

 Recommended for ages 18 and up


Supply List

Suggested Supplies:

1.       Set of 12 STAEDTLER graphite pencils, (6B through 4H) [“Design, Drafting” set]

2.       1—9” x 12” or 11” x 14” pad of smooth Bristol drawing paper  (Strathmore [300 Series; yellow cover] or Canson (XL  Recycled; [green cover])

3.       1—pencil sharpener (small)

4.       1—“click-type” eraser [white plastic eraser in its own     pencil-like holder]

5.       1—white vinyl eraser and/or pink pearl eraser

6.       1—kneaded eraser

7.       1—straight edge or see through ruler (12” suggested)

8.       Sanding block [approx. 1” x 4” sand paper stapled on a “paddle”]

9.       Paper stumps for blending (assorted sizes)

10.   New students, please bring a representative portion of your past drawings in order for the instructor to gauge your past experience.

(Check at Staples, JoAnn’s, Michaels or AOE Supply [near USF] for standard supplies) 



Tuesdays 9:30 - 11:30 am

March classes have been cancelled starting March 16th - March 31st
Tuesday, March 3, 10, 24, 31
Class Price $54

Tuesday, April  7, 14, 21, 28
Class Price $54

Price per month



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