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Thursday, January 21, 2021

Sketching Basics: Online Workshop

Erica Beade

About Sketching Basics: Online Workshop

Wondering where to begin with sketching from observation? Or want to brush up on your skills? Using pencil and paper, we’ll explore a range of techniques, including drawing warm ups, how to block in a drawing and ways of achieving greater accuracy. All skill levels are welcome.

This interactive workshop will take place on Zoom. Students will receive the meeting link via email one day prior to the workshop.

Recommended Supplies:

  • 9 x 12 or 11 x 14 multi-use sketchbook
  • 2 drawing pencils of different hardnesses (HB and 2B)
  • 1 grey kneaded eraser
  • 1 white plastic eraser
  • Pencil sharpener

(We know it’s hard to get new art supplies just now, so feel free to join with whatever you have.)

About the Instructor:

Erica Beade is a freelance illustrator and educator specializing in science, health and nature subjects. She began her freelance business, MBC Graphics, in 1998, and since then her work has appeared in numerous books, magazines, exhibits and research journals. The field of scientific illustration has allowed Erica to combine her interests in art, science and the natural world. She holds a B.A. in Studio Art (Drawing and Printmaking) from Wesleyan University and attended the Graphic Arts program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Erica has a long-standing passion for observational drawing and enjoys sharing that enthusiasm through her work with students of all ages. She has been teaching since 2002 at various venues, including the Harvard Museum of Natural History and the Arlington Center for the Arts. More information at:

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