Thursday, December 9, 2021

Shading Tips & Tricks: Online Drawing Workshop

Erica Beade

About Shading Tips & Tricks: Online Drawing Workshop

Explore ways of achieving greater depth and volume in your drawings using a variety of shading techniques. We’ll look at a range of examples, discuss techniques and exercises and have plenty of time for drawing and feedback. All skill levels are welcome.

deCordova is pleased to offer this workshop that explores the intersection of art and nature with hands-on art making and close observation.

Registered students will be sent a direct link to join the zoom meeting and other materials one day before the workshop. Email Donna at for information regarding partial or full financial assistance.

Teacher Bio: Erica Beade is a freelance illustrator 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:

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
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