Fearless Drawing WAITLIST
Thursdays, Jan 21-Mar 25 | 7-9 pm
Instructor: Bruce Morser
Location: Online via Zoom
Ask a class of first graders “Anyone want to draw?”- they’ll all scream “YES!” Ask a bunch of adults…not so enthusiastic. What happened? We all know drawing is at the core of so many creative activities. And even though our brains are actually wired to succeed at it, why do many of us lack confidence? Drawing, it turns out, is much more of a “mindset” than a “skill”. Unfortunately, most of us judge our skill first, and never deal with the mindset, so we never really get started, or skillful. This workshop is designed to tackle that conundrum. We’ll define, then open “the mindset” with a variety of rendering activities, and then we’ll draw a bunch of images. No experience necessary – honest. Bruce Morser has created images for National Geographic, NASA, Nike, Starbucks, Smithsonian, Microsoft, and many more.
1. You’ll learn to draw more from joy with less worry or doubt.
2. You’ll learn that drawing what you actually see, and not what you think you see, is easy will provide terrific results.
3. You’ll learn that worry-free drawing helps unlock a greater range of creativity.
– 14” X 17” newsprint pad. Smaller pad size works well in front of a computer
– 4 to 6 Charcoal pencils – something like “General’s Charcoal 557-6B ex. Soft”
– 3-4 Compressed Charcoal sticks –
– Something to sharpen the pencils: exact knife or small handheld sharpener (eyebrow liner pencil sharpeners work well)
– Optional eraser
An easy kit that includes all these items is: https://www.amazon.com/General-Pencil-Charcoal-Kit-12-Piece/dp/B000AMPCNS/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=general+charcoal+pencils&qid=1604507897&sr=8-3
Bruce is generously donating his teaching fee to Seattle arts organization, Creative Justice!
Founded by Nikkita Oliver and Aaron Counts, Creative Justice builds community with youth most impacted by the school-to-prison-(to-deportation) pipeline. Participants and mentor artists work together to examine the root causes of incarceration, like systemic racism and other forms of oppression, creating art that articulates the power and potential of our communities. Experienced mentor artists lead 12 to 16 week-long intensive project sessions per year in a variety of arts disciplines and mediums. During the intensives, youth work with experienced mentor artists to produce original artwork and learn new skills. In exchange for their creative work, youth receive community service credit and stipends that incentivize participation while helping to pay court fines and other expenses. Family members are engaged in the projects in various ways, including participation in hands-on activities. At the end of each session, youth lead and produce community-based events and actions where they share their creativity, vision, and new abilities. www.creativejusticenw.org
For questions or help with registrations, please contact VCA Registrar at:
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 206-259-3005