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Intro to Brush Drawing (Spring) #2

Intro to Brush Drawing (Spring) #2

Drawing is a skill just like reading, writing and math that can be learned. Learning to draw doesn’t make you an artists, but it fundamentally changes our habits of perception and attention to the world around us. We learn to slow down, look carefully at the things that make up our everyday life. Drawing is an invitation to examine creation with methodical attention and curiosity.

Brush drawing is a watercolor technique used by nature artists and illustrators. It de- velops powers of observation, brush control, and dexterity. As the course progresses, students will use the hand skills they develop in three types of drawing: imaginative, observational and memory drawing.

Students will be encouraged to practice exercises taught in class and may need to work out- side of class to complete projects.



Ms. Silkwood’s Syllabus

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Required Course Materials:

Teaching art online is a unique learning experience to navigate. If at all possible, buy the version of supply linked below. I can help students navigate obstacles more effectively when we are all using the same materials. If you have any questions regarding supplies, please feel free to email me.

9×12” mixed media sketchbook (link)

Document camera (such as Ipevo), or equivalent*

1” graph paper (link)

Pencils for drawing


Blue painter’s tape

Set of watercolor paint (link) and palette** (link)

Short handled watercolor brushes

Size 2 round (link)

Size 6 round (link)

Water cup

Watercolor paper pad for studies and final projects (link)

Rags or paper towels

Optional Course Materials:

Apron or smock to keep clothes clean

Colored pencils

Small ceramic plate (as a supplementary palette)

Instructor Information Coming Soon!



Red checkmarkComputer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with a processor with a speed of 1 GHz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do not recommend using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be much better solutions, as they enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.

Red checkmarkHigh-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed Internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your Internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with a download/upload speed of 5/1 Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.

Red checkmarkWebcam: You may use an external webcam or one that is built in to the computer. Webcam Recommendations: Good (PC only) | Best (Mac and PC)

Red checkmarkHeadset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class. Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm

Red checkmarkZoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use. unnamed-e1455142229376 To download Zoom:

  1. Visit
  2. Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
  3. Open and run the installer on your computer.
  4. In August, students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.



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