Abstract Drawing : Life Studies

Julia Ricketts is a painter with a twenty-year career of exhibitions in the Northwest. She holds a BFA from Alfred University and has received grants from 4Culture and the The King County Arts Commission as well as residencies at Centrum and the Pilchuck Glass School. Her work is held in the collections of Microsoft, Oregon Health Sciences University, the Tacoma Art Museum, and in numerous private collections.
  • Gage Capitol Hill
  • Monday
  • 1:30 P.M.-4:30 P.M.
  • 9/11-11/13
  • Price: $475
  • Good quality multipurpose Sketch Pad, 20 x 30″ or larger
  • Soft Charcoal, thin and thick sticks
  • Various Erasers including one kneadable gum eraser
  • Chamois or Soft Cloth
  • 2 Sticks Each Black, Brown, and White Conte Crayon 2b or 4b
  • Fixative Spray
  • A ruler
  • A roll or low-tack masking tape, blue painters tape, or removable drafting tape
  • Assorted Pencils and a sharpener
  • Blending Stumps
  • A roll of low-tack removable masking tape, painter’s tape, or 3M removable tape

Later in the quarter:

  • Additional dry drawing materials such as compressed charcoal, pastels, chalks or Nupastel
    3-4 sheets heavy quality paper for large studies such as American Masters, Coventry Rag, Arches Cover, Rives BFK, Stonehenge, or Lenox (22 x 30″)
  • Scissors and/or exacto knife
  • Glue, Glue Sticks, Yes Paste, Tape, a stapler, or any other collage method
Learn to create images in an abstract style using a range of drawing materials from charcoal, pencil, and pastel to collage. In the first part of this class, emphasis will be placed on methods based on observation, using still-life objects and natural references to reconsider concepts such as mass, negative space, structure and shape from a new perspective. These basic “building blocks” form a vocabulary of techniques for constructing new and original abstract images, as you learn to delimit, distill, and transform what you see.