Drawing: beyond the fear of a blank page – D0204-18

Date: Jun 11 - 15, 2018

Skill Level(s): I to II i

Instructor(s): Esteban del Valle

Tuition: $1,090
Studio Fee: $75
Registration Fee: $45


Grasp the fundamentals of one of the most useful studio tools, drawing. Whether you are a seasoned painter or a beginning sculptor, this workshop focuses on several elemental drawing techniques to help strengthen your creative base. We explore drawing from observation and photographic sources, with an emphasis on mixed-media drawing strategies and multilayered compositions. We delve into techniques ranging from charcoal drawing to collage to pen on paper. Concentrating on a strong sketchbook practice and learning how to look, students focus on ways to approach complicated drawings regardless of skill level and get beyond the fear of the blank page.

Media & Techniques:

We use charcoal, collage, graphite, ink, watercolor and marker on paper. Students draw from observation and photographic sources while exploring graphite transfers, stenciling, gridding and gel medium transfers. Through a series of small studies in various media, we sharpen our drawing skills and explore ambitious compositions via mixed-media techniques.


Each day consists of rigorous drawing exercises from observation, including figurative studies. These drawings are then used to compose a larger work containing various sources of information ranging from life studies and observational drawings of our surroundings to photographic references, with a focus on sampling several basic drawing techniques.


Esteban del Valle received his M.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design and has exhibited and produced murals internationally. His work has been featured in various publications, including HiFructose, The New York Times and Washington Post. Esteban has been the recipient of several residencies and fellowships including Skowhegan, Fine Arts Work Center and Smack Mellon. www.estebandelvalle.com

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