Figure Drawing In Charcoal

Sarah Bixler received a Drawing and Painting BFA from the University of Washington in 2011. She teaches drawing and painting classes at Winslow Art Center on Bainbridge Island and at Gage Academy of Art in Seattle. She enjoys early mornings and simplifying everyday objects into geometric shapes.
1:30-4:30 P.M.
Gage Capitol Hill
Live Model
Supplies to have the first day:

  • 18 x 24 sketch pad—I like Biggie Sketch XL 125 sheets for $20
  • Medium diameter willow/vine charcoal, soft
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Pink pearl eraser
  • Chamois
  • Board and clips for paper

There will be a $2 material fee, to cover additional supplies purchased by instructor

Will discuss in class:

  • View finder
  • Plumb line/skewer
  • Fine point click-eraser
  • 12” clear gridded ruler
  • Drafting tape
  • Hb pencil: 2b pencil, 4b pencil
  • Sand paper block
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Ball point pen
  • Compressed charcoal and white chalk
  • Charcoal pencils, assorted
  • Drawing paper
We will learn a flexible anatomically-rooted approach to working from the model. Using a combination of abstraction, applied anatomy, and perspective we will learn the framework we need to approach both longer and shorter figure drawings. Mediums will include graphite and charcoal.