Mixed Media Figure Drawing: Texture, Color, Line

Barbara Fugate received her MFA in painting from Miami University of Ohio. She has exhibited in Kentucky, Washington and New York and is published in “The Best of Drawing and Sketching” by Terry Sullivan, “Landscape Painting” by Mitch Abala, and “Contemporary Drawing” by Margaret Davidson. Barbara teaches at Gage Academy of Art, and conducts art workshops in Washington and abroad. “Drawing and painting is about discovery, revealing a reality that is ever more authentic and genuine to me. What is most inspirational is the transient nature of life; things dynamic, moving, and in transition.” –Barbara Fugate
1:30-4:30 P.M.
Live Model
Gage Capitol Hill


Please purchase papers size (24”x36”) as listed. 


FOR THE FIRST CLASS you need one 100-sheet pad of ROUGH newsprint (24×36”), one 12-stick pack of BLACK “char-kole” chalks, compressed charcoal, two color of drawing ink, eraser, chamois, 2 clips, and drawing board. Also bring 5 sheets of inexpensive white paper if you have them by this time.


  • You‘ll need approximately (2) 100-sheet 24 x 36″ ROUGH newsprint pads for the entire course.
  • Approx. 50 sheets, 24 x 36″, inexpensive white drawing paper (suitable for ink and charcoal, inexpensive).  ONLY AVAILABLE via online mail order through Dick Blick (www.dickblick.com) item number 10209-1045 called Dick Blick White Sulphite Paper 24X36″ 100 sheets/80 lbs.   This is a great value and multipurpose paper.  Students often bulk order this together.  Note: You may likely need more than 50 sheets for the entire class.
  • 3 sheets good drawing paper suitable for both charcoal and ink wash. I recommend (minimum size 24X36”)

o   Lenox, 26 x 40”

o   Legion Coventry Rag, 26×40” (at Dick Blick)

o   Domestic Etching, 26 x 40”

  • (2) 12-stick pack: BLACK CHARCOAL STICKS. Brands: Sargent or Dick Blick’s “Blick square charcoal sticks” box, item # 20016-2129. (I do NOT recommend Alphacolor brand).
  • 24-stick SET of student grade SOFT PASTELS (these are for quick drawings) such as:

o   Dick Blick 24-set item #20016-1109

o   Sargent Art Pastels, Item # 21930-1024 (Dick Blick) or item# 16545 (A&C supply)

o   DO NOT purchase Alphacolor brand color pastels

  • 1 stick compressed charcoal, soft or medium (3B recommended) Brands include:

o   Pitt brand

o   I recommend: Generals Jumbo (a flat rectangular shape sticks that comes in a three stick blister pack of various soft grades)

  • 2 containers COLOR DRAWING ink. Brands include: Koh-i-noor, Pelikan, FW Acrylic Artist’s Ink, Dick Blick, or Speedball.  Choose two colors that are NOT TRANSPARENT (usually noted on the labels).  Colors such as: blue, orange, yellow, violet, green, teal/blue-green, red, or orange.  You choose two of these.
  • 1 White plastic eraser–Staedtler/Mars brand is best.
  • 1 Small chamois
  • 2 large clips (I recommend large BINDER clips found at office supply stores)
  • Medium or large round bamboo brush, or a large watercolor round brush if you already own one.
  • 1 Large plastic container to hold water for drawing ink (quart-size yogurt containers work great)
  • 3 small plastic containers for ink washes (cups or jars)—with lids are best (to keep and transport home ink washes).
  • Paper towels (you can tear off several sheets for class)—I recommend Bounty or Viva brands.
  • Drawing board, around 30 x 40″.  Half-inch thick foam-core board is highly recommended. These are available at art stores pre-cut. They are very durable and lightweight.
  • I recommend transporting paper in large cardboard “paper flat” boxes.  Ask for an empty mat board box at the art supply store.
  • NOTE: I will review SOFT PASTEL choices in class at the first class meeting.  These are not needed the first class.
Use mixed media to make dynamic figure drawings that utilize bold textures, vivid color, and energetic lines. Our class lesson will focus on layering materials and creating visual balance and contrast. We will practice quick gesture studies based on basic art principles of line, space, and volume. Previous drawing experience is recommended. Materials include colored ink, soft pastel, and charcoal.