Drawing Nature

Kathleen Moore is a visual artist who paints with oil colors or soft pastel to capture moments of awe, from vast, stormy skyscapes to the intimate amazement by a single flower. “The natural world,” Moore explains, “has an overwhelming power to make you stop and and reconsider your position and role on the planet. I paint to record a sensation of interconnectedness and fragility of life. This is why the arts are so important, they serve as reminders that we are at once greater, and lesser, than we believe.”

Challenging belief, or what we believe we see, is a recurring theme in the classes and workshops Moore teaches. “I’m like a fitness coach,” Moore chuckles, “I get students moving with exercises to build their skills in drawing and painting, then we do the “yoga” part where students learn to stretch how and what they perceive.”

Originally from Texas, Moore has lived in the Seattle area since 1990. She received her BA in art from West Texas A&M University then continued her study of painting at Bruchion School in Los Angeles, CA and Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, WA.

Kathleen Moore is a teaching artist at Gage Academy of Art in Seattle where she teaches beginning drawing and landscape painting. Moore delights in encouraging people to draw in outreach projects at Gage, such as Pop-up Drawing Jams and Drink & Draw events.

1:30-4:30 P.M.
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill
• 1 SKETCHBOOK: no smaller than 9″X12″ up to 11″ x 14″
Choose either: 65 lb – 90 lb –110 lb. weight of paper.
Be sure the sketchbook has at least one hard sided cardboard backing and has a spiral binding.
Some good brands to choose from:
o CANSON Drawing paper book (black hard sided cover and backing boards, spiral bound)
o CANSON Classic Drawing ; 24 sheets; 90 lb; cream/white
o ROBERT BATEMAN, Cover Series; 50 sheets; 110 lb
• 1 pkg compressed charcoal sticks
• 1 fine point felt-tip pen – Sakura Pigma Micron Pen Size 03 = Point Size 0.35 mm is great!
• Graphite pencils: 2H, 2B, 4B, 6B, 8B
• 1 white plastic eraser–STAEDLER / MARS BRAND is best.
• 1 kneaded eraser
• 1 small chamois
• pencil sharpener
• sun protection
• water
• snacks
The beauty of nature stirs the emotions and inspires the spirit. Develop an intimate understanding of plant structure while conveying an emotional, aesthetic response to what you see. Each week, you will evaluate the compositional possibilities of the location with quick notan (a Japanese word meaning “light-dark balance”) sketches, then settle in for a sustained drawing period focusing on both distant and close-up plant forms within the stunning Washington Park Arboretum.