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Weekend Retreat: Harvest Still-Life with Pen & Ink


Friday-Sunday, October 13-15    Fri: 6:00 - 8:30 PM; Sat & Sun: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM each day

Instructor: Cam Wilson

Learn to create a pen & ink still-life from a real-life still-life of a bountiful harvest! Referring to real objects improves your seeing and drawing skills, and in this class you will have the added advantage of learning to use pen & ink to enrich your drawing. Learn the various tools and techniques used for creating line, shade, pattern, and texture. Then, in your sketchbook or pad, begin sketching in pencil, and in ink, the individual elements of your still-life subject (e.g., pumpkin, some stocks of wheat, ears of corn or autumn fruits). As you sketch you will learn to perceive your subject more closely, so that when you ink your good drawing, you will have lots of information to use: forms, shade & light, composition. Finally, you will put it all together and apply your new pen & ink techniques to your creation of a classic fall harvest still-life!

Day One: Explore the various tools & materials available for inking. Learn to create the lines, values, textures, & patterns that make a successful pen & ink drawing.

Day Two: Study individual elements of the still-life with pencil and pen sketches. Create a value study of the still-life. Add lighting and texture with your newly learned inking techniques. Sketch your still-life & prepare your Stonehenge paper for inking.

Day Three: Using your pencil sketch as a guide, build your still-life with pen & ink using line, shade, texture, and pattern. Add final details to complete your pen & ink masterpiece!

Participants receive a 20% discount on these supplies.

1 Canson Mixed Media sketchbook, 9x12”

1 sheet Fawn Stonehenge drawing paper

2 sheets Design Vellum

1 sheet graphite transfer paper

Speedball permanent ink

Pen holder & Hunt 513 nib, Speedball C1 nib

Other supplies: 2B & 4B pencils, eraser, masking tape, ruler

Optional:  You may wish to bring suitable art clothes, notepad, snack, & drink.

About the Instructor: Cam graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design with a diploma in Visual Communications. He then worked as an art director before venturing out on his own as a freelance Illustrator and designer. Cam also taught Graphic Design and Illustration in the Visual Communications program at MacEwan University. Several years ago Cam embarked on a journey to Southeast Asia and since then has returned on many occasions to paint some of the most beautiful places on earth. Cam’s art can be seen on his website,