Upcoming Classes in 2021

All classes run twice a year.

All students have the opportunity for a web presence on the SIDP website

Program and Fee information

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Session I-Graphite     10 weeks Wednesdays

        September 13-November 15, 2021 1:00 or 7:00pm ET

This course builds drawing skills using graphite. We cover perspective, proportion, rendering textures, scientific conventions, lighting, and transferring drawings. Pen and ink is introduced. Students become comfortable with computer and technical skills for proper scanning, uploading and preparing artwork, as well as video conferencing and creating files. Professional and business practices are introduced. Fee covers all assignments, tutorials, handouts, video conferencing and emailing. Beginning and intermediate students are encouraged to apply.

Session II-Ink     10 weeks 

         March 31-June 2, 2021 1:00 or 7:00pm ET Wednesdays

Session II builds on skills learned in Session I. Students become proficient in pen and ink and crowquill. Technique, composition, scratchboard, anatomy, professional practices, final projects, handouts, tutorials, live video conferencing and email are included as above. In all Sessions, we work from live material as much as possible.

Session III-Color and Composition     10 weeks

          September 8-November 10, 2021 1:00 or 7:00pm ET

Students explore watercolor and colored pencil and may include digital media. We develop advanced compositions, including info-graphics. Students complete three portfolio pieces and prepare for internships/independent studies, if desired. Professional practices, handouts, tutorials, live video conferencing, email.

Session IV-Internships, Independent Studies

           January-December, on-going. Flexible meeting times

Internship or independent study. Students in this Session have completed Sessions I-III. The Program helps students with these studies and acts as a mentor and sounding board. Students learn to write contracts and work in real life settings. At the end of their internship or independent study, students are rewarded a certificate of completion.

Mini-workshops and Social Hour

              These mini workshops kept us sketching in April (Mammals, Birds, and Plants) and November  (Leaves, Fruits and Vegetables, Beaks and Feet).

             "Tips for Framing Artwork" June 19 1:00-2:00 pm ET

              "SIDP Social Hour" June 19 8:00-9:30 pm ET

              Free registration

Private Sessions and Consultations

Do you need help preparing for a portfolio review or job application? Would you like a critique of your artwork? Do you need help with a contract? Details and services can be found here.