Wednesday, May 19, 2021


Virtual ZOOm Pet Drawing and Painting Class

Athenaeum School of the Arts


Mondays, 1–4 PM

June 28–July 26 (5 Weeks, 15 Total Hours of Instruction)

Online

$205/225


In this fun ZOOm class, students can either paint and draw from their own pet photos or visit an educational virtual zoo for kids and adults (A to Z Animals with Pictures, Videos & Facts https://www.activewild.com/a-to-z-animals/). 

Pick any animal (A-Z) that you'd like to draw and send Ken one of the photos or a screenshot from one of the videos. Actually, search anywhere. The sky's the limit when looking for photos online!


Either way, students will be encouraged to work in an expressive whimsical way, or in a more classical manner (learning about the contours, cross contours, planes and underlying forms that make representational drawings look volumetric). 

 

Before each class, students will email the image or images they plan to work from (with a note about their choice of style) to Ken, who will demonstrate, with charcoal, pencil, or paint, the best way to approach the particular subjects in these images. Watching Ken demonstrate from the photos of others will be very informative for everyone and is a great way to learn several varied approaches and techniques. Throughout the class, as drawings and paintings progress, Ken will critique them either privately in a breakout room or publicly so other students can also benefit from the discussions.

 

Many people already know Ken for his figurative work but are surprised to learn he was also an exhibition designer, at the San Diego Natural History Museum and San Diego Zoo, with an extensive background in wildlife art and ornithology. Ken drew and painted birds for both organization's magazines, created exhibitions with dioramas and background murals, performed their bird taxidermy, and now brings all of this experience to this virtual ZOOm art class. 

 

MATERIALS: Students should use their preferred media for this class. Only buy what you plan to use.


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Here are some examples of Ken’s past and recent animal drawings and paintings.


A CAT NAMED HAWK-FEATHER ~ PASTEL


TWO POSTERS FOR THE SAN DIEGO ANIMAL SHELTER



A DAY OF SKETCHING AT THE SAN DIEGO ZOO
WATERCOLOR ON PAPER


DEMONSTRATION:
TURNING A PENCIL UNDERDRAWING INTO A WATERCOLOR


A MUT FROM COLOMBIA

DEMONSTRATION:
TURNING A 2-D SHAPE INTO A 3-D WATERCOLOR


A LABRADOR NAMED RUBY ~ CHARCOAL COMMISSION  

CHARCOAL DRAWING


BASSET HOUND COMMISSION: ~ WATERCOLOR


 FROM MY BOOK CALLED CHARCOAL DRAWING

A LESSON ABOUT DRAWING ON TONED PAPER 
WITH
 CHARCOAL AND WHITE PASTEL PENCIL

FINAL DRAWING


LAPWINGS IN COLOMBIA


DEMONSTRATION:
DRAWING WITH CROSS-CONTOURS TO SHOW FORM


WATERCOLOR OVER THE CONTOUR DRAWINGS


                 SAN DIEGO ZOO  ~  Cover for Birds of Prey  


EXAMPLES OF INSIDE SPREADS




ANATOMY OF AN OSPREY




DIVING BIRDS OF PREY




AUDUBON SOCIETY: 
SCRATCHBOARD AND INDIA INK COVERS



COVER FOR DESERT MAGAZINE ~ WATERCOLOR 

SCRATCHBOARD AND INDIA INK



A FEW RABBITS
PASTEL




WATERCOLOR 


STUDIES FROM PERU, COLOMBIA AND ARGENTINA









VEILED WATERCOLORS



SUMI-E BRUSHWORK



WATERCOLOR

ACRYLIC AND MODELING PASTE  ON A VARIED/RAISED SURFACE

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