Learn to Draw

Jim Phalen has a BFA in Sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute, and a MA and MFA from the University of New Mexico. He has taught at Bowdoin College in Maine, State University of New York Buffalo, Cornish College of the Arts, University of Washington, and University of Puget Sound. He was a recipient of the Pollock/Krasner Grant, the Artist Trust Grant and was am artist-in-residence in Ireland. His work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Seattle Times and he has been published in New American Painting. He’s represented by the Dolby Chadwick Gallery in SF and the Cumberland Gallery in Nashville. Jim is married with two adult sons and lives in Kenmore, WA.
1:30 – 4:30 P.M.
All Levels Welcome
Gage Capitol Hill
  • 17×14 White sketch paper (Strathmore 300 series Charcoal is a good choice)
  • 17×14 Rough Newsprint paper
  • Medium Charcoal pencils
  • 2 Soft Charcoal pencils
  • 5 pieces of vine charcoal
  • 1 Exacto knife
  • 1 Sandpaper pad ‘pointer’ for sharpening pencils
  • 1 compressed charcoal stick
  • Large paper stump
  • Kneaded erasure
  • Vinyl (rubber) eraser
  • Spray fixative
In this introductory fundamentals class, learn key concepts and artistic principles in order to accurately render line, shape, proportion and negative space while working from simple objects and the still-life. Students explore various drawing media, including charcoal and graphite, as you progress from simple lines toward a nuanced understanding of tonal description.