Observing Nature: Sketching and Printmaking | F19

AGES: 9-13
DAY, TIME: TUESDAYS 1:15-2:15
LOCATION: ROOM 3

TEACHER

Teri Capp
cappwiley@gmail.com

Teri Capp is a Seattle painter and teaching artist. She has taught mixed media art classes out of her private studio for 7 years, and at the Beacon Arts Community Arts Space. Teri has exhibited her work in many juried group shows in galleries and cafes. She is a member of PAWA-Plein Air Artists of Washington and loves painting outside. Her work is currently available on her web/blog site; https://tericappart.wordpress.com/ on Facebook; https://www.facebook.com/tericappart/and at Le Panier French Bakery in Pike Place Market.

CLASS DESCRIPTION

Let’s go out and explore, using art as a tool. We will take advantage of the fall season to go out to the play area and trees and plants to observe and record in our journal sketchbooks. Using all of our senses – touch, smell, sight, sound…we’ll see about taste! We may be together in the same environment but we all have unique perspectives. Some days we will focus on a subject such as birds, trying to capture their movements in quick sketches or we will look for plants and their leaf patterns, trees and their unique markings, making notes along side our drawings. We will use pencils, charcoal, watercolor pencils, and perhaps some bits and pieces from the earth in our journals. If it rains, we will bring some of nature indoors and work in our sketchbooks. Our practice will be about noticing the details, asking questions about the natural world, being curious and expressing our own views through our journals. Then we will gather some leaves, bark, pods, fern fronds, feathers and other textured objects that we observed and sketched, to make prints, culminating in a curated large group print for each student to take at the end of the session.

REQUIRED SKILLS FOR STUDENTS TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN THIS CLASS:

Compliance with Family Rights & Responsibilities.

I hope that students are willing to sit and observe, be respectful and record the world around them. I would like them to be able to share and discuss some of their unique observations with the class. This won’t be a high pressure requirement, but my experience has been that we all have things and ideas to contribute. All drawing levels welcome! We all have our own styles!

HOMEWORK:

During the session I may ask students to bring in objects from their gardens, hikes or walks for sketching and printmaking in the classroom.

FIELD TRIPS:

As part of this class, we will go outside on the grounds of Southwest Teen Life Center occasionally when weather permits.

ADDITIONAL FEES/SUPPLIES:

N/A

PARENT INVOLVEMENT:

Parents are welcome to quietly observe. Please arrange with the teacher prior to class.

AGE VARIANCES:

Please see our Age Variance Policy.