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Upcoming Classes in 2024

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

Program and Fee information

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Session I-Foundations in Graphite   Mondays 10 weeks 

September-November 13, 2024 1:00 or 7:00pm ET

   Build your drawing skills using graphite. Learn how to begin and take your work from sketch to an accurate, full-value rendering in a virtual classroom setting. We cover observation, perspective, proportion, rendering textures, scientific conventions, lighting, and transferring drawings. All drawings are from life. Students also become comfortable with computer and technical skills for proper scanning, uploading and preparing artwork, as well as video conferencing and creating files. Students are introduced to pen and ink, and to professional and business practices. Fee covers all assignments, tutorials, handouts, video conferencing and emailing. Beginning and intermediate students are encouraged to apply.

Session II-Pen and Ink   Wednesdays  10 weeks 

 January-March 2024 1:00 or 7:00pm ET 

    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   Wednesdays 10 weeks

March-April, 2024 1:00 or 7:00pm ET 

   Bring your drawings to life in color! Students learn color theory, explore watercolor, colored pencil on paper, board, film, toned paper, and are invited to include digital media. This class helps students develop advanced compositions and info-graphics. Students complete three portfolio pieces and prepare for internships/independent studies, if desired. Professional practices, handouts, tutorials, live video conferencing and email are included. Open to students having completed Sessions I and II, or by permission.

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.

Digital Drawing Using Procreate® Wednesdays 10 weeks

January-March, 2024 1:00pm ET 

  Sketch on an iPad and learn how to turn your observational drawings into sophisticated digital renderings through the powerful and versatile software program Procreate®. Drawing with a stylus, students will engage in a series of class exercises. Gradually, they will build forms of greater complexity.  Students will learn techniques permitting them to work in multiple layers simultaneously, and to work backward as well as forward. They will manipulate color and design personalized brushes for every need. No experience with Procreate is required, though students must have completed Session I, or possess basic observational drawing skills. About the instructor and equipment requirements.

Mini-workshops and Social Hour 

August 19, 2023 Saturday Social Hour and Sketch, 1:00 EDT 

  If you are curious about the SIDP, or want to re-connect with former classmates, join us for an informative and relaxing social hour from 1:00-2:00 on Zoom. Stay a bit longer and sketch with new and old friends. 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.

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