Sunday, July 16, 2017

The SKETCH website has moved to  Please check there for all updated information.

For the moment, the site is a bit messy as it is still under construction, and we are waiting for responses from others about exact dates and times.  As soon as possible I will clarify all of the details for you!  Thanks for your patience.

See you there!

Saturday, April 15, 2017


The Birth of Venus, detail
March 1, 1445 - May 17 1510
Spring is here!
Please forgive the lateness of this message. I guess I got distracted by all of the activity and fun of Easter. I hope you had a great time with your family too.
Luckily the supply list for this month is minimal, so I doubt any of you will need to make last-minute trips to the store.
We are studying Renaissance painter Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni Filipepi (better known as Botticelli), whose story I think you will find funny.

Botticelli is known for his detailed line-work. We will be attempting to improve our own use of lines in pen and ink this week. To complete this project each student will need:


Acid free construction paper 12x12" in yellow, tan or white
Scissors - 1 per student
Crayola supertip markers - set of 10 - can be shared
Pigma micron size 05 - preferably brown/sepia or black - any fine-tipped marker will do
transfer paper - 12x12"graphite - 1 sheet per student - if you no longer have your graphite paper, don't worry. Extra will be available.
everyday pencil
See you on Friday, April 21st at 6:30!
Sheryl G.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Anastasia - Medieval Illumination

In the 1400s few female artists received credit for their work.  This month we will be learning about one of the few who receives mention.  Her name is Anastasia, and she was a renowned for her beautiful work in illuminating handwritten books.  Unfortunately, illuminators did not sign their completed work at this time, so while the following is an example of illumination, is it not necessarily explicitly attributed to Anastasia.

Cité des Dames Workshop. Reason, Rectitude and Justice appear to Christine; Reason helps Christine build the City. 1407-1408

c. 1400

We will be making embossed copper illuminated letters.  The images of our work will be placed on capes for hospitalized children.  To complete this project each student will need: 

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    See you Friday, March 17th at 6:30!
    Sheryl G.

    Saturday, February 11, 2017

    Georgia O'Keeffe - inktense

    This snowy weather can make me feel dreary, so to combat the winter blahs let's explore vibrant colors and warm landscapes. Our artist for the month of February is Georgia O'Keeffe. Her beautiful studies of flowers and other natural items will captivate your imagination, drawing you into noticing the tiniest details of God's beautiful creation.

    Georgia O'Keeffe

    Red Canna, 1924
    University of Arizona Museum of Art

    We will be making clothing for infants and mothers in need.  I promise, this project will be fun!


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      Please remember, Inktense can STAIN clothing, and we will intentionally be working to make it do so in this project.  Students are encouraged to wear short sleeves, old clothes, or bring smocks for this project.

      See you Friday, February 17th at 6:30!
      Sheryl G.

      Sunday, January 15, 2017

      Jackson Pollock

      Is it possible for an person who throws, splatters, and scatters paint to be a master artist? That is the question we will be considering during this month's study of Jackson Pollock.

      Jackson Pollock
      United States

      Oil on Canvas
      We will be making our own splatter paintings, with a bit of a twist using frisket resist.  To complete this project each student will need:

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        Please note, Inktense can STAIN clothing.  I highly encourage students to wear short sleeves, old clothes, or bring smocks for this project.

        See you on Friday, January 20th at 6:30!

        Saturday, December 10, 2016

        Alberto Giacometti

        Portrait of Alberto Giacometti
        Jan Hladík (Czech printmaker) 2002
        The final class of 2017!

        We are working in one of my favorite mediums this month - needle felted wool!

        Ready to study something a bit more modern?  Surrealist Alberto Giacometti utilized the changing interests of the people who lived before and after the 2nd World War as a launching point for his ideas about sculpture.

        Alberto Giacometti

        Please take a few moments to study this month's artwork, and consider how it makes you feel.
        Walking Man I,
        Bronze sculpture
        Alberto & Annette Giacometti Foundation, Paris
        This month student will be making their own felted sculpture.  The completed works will be sent home.  Kids can decide on their own whether to gift their work to a friend, or to keep it for themselves.

        To complete this month's project you will need the following supplies:
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          I look forward to seeing everyone this Friday, December 16th at 6:30!

          Sunday, November 13, 2016

          Katsushika Hokusai

          Self Portrait
          Wood block print
          Tokyo, Nagoya
          Over 200 years ago, printmaker Katsushika Hokusai created his famous prints.  Today, you can still find these images on everything from cell-phone cases, to notebook covers.  What makes his work so timeless?  We will explore this question together.

          Over the coming days, spend some time enjoying this image of his work.  What do you see happening?

          Katsushika Hokusai
          (For pronunciation help go to Forvo, which offers several different recordings)

          The Great Wave Off Kangawa
          color woodblock print
          Tokyo, Nagoya
          To complete this months project you will need the following supplies:
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