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Making marks on the page can be fun, relaxing, and even magical. Whether it’s a scribble, a doodle, or an accurate representation of something observed carefully, the result can provide an opportunity for reflection as well as discussing and sharing with others. Join Eleni for this new class which will be an opportunity for artists and non-artists alike to explore drawing from multiple perspectives, encouraging students to find their own entry points into this (seemingly) simple, but engaging activity. This unique approach to drawing relies not only on careful direct observation, but also on imagination, intuition and more. Not only will a host of drawing techniques be shared, but we will also consider the very implements and materials used for drawing, exploring how we might create and use tools that are increasingly environmentally friendly and sustainable.

For the first class you will need to bring the following supplies:

–       A variety of Pencils (recommend: a tin of Blick Studio Drawing Pencils or Prismacolor Turquoise Drawing Pencils)

–       A Pen: any black ball point pen (recommend: sharpie S-Gel, Medium Point (0.7mm)

–       Markers: whatever you have at home

–       8 x 10 or 9 x 12 Drawing Pad (spiral): Canson, Strathmore, or Blick

–       Pencil Sharpener

–       Eraser (optional)

Additional supplies can include the following and will be discussed in the first class. No need to get everything (you will pick and choose!)

–       Charcoal pencil

–       Mechanical pencil

–       Colored pencil

–       Watercolor pencils

–       Water soluble graphite pencils

–       Pastel pencils

–       Drawing inks

–       A variety of drawing implements

–       A variety of papers

Drawing for Everyone

Eleni Litt

About the Teaching Artist

Eleni Litt (EZL Studio) is a teaching artist in Central New Jersey and the Founding Artist-in-Residence at The Athena Advisors. She has Certificates in Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design, and Creative Arts Therapies from The New School, as well as a PhD in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics. Her approach to teaching creates communities of creative practice for artists and non-artists alike that encourages inquiry, curiosity, and play. She shows here work in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.

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