6:30PM, 3rd Friday of the month, 292 Route 101, Bed

6:30PM, 3rd Friday of the month, Bedford NH

Friday, July 29, 2016

Registration & Bulk supply order 2016/2017

Update: 2016/2017 Class is now full.
Unless you have pre-registered or communicated with me directly, registrations received after 9:30PM on Mon Aug 15 will be placed on the wait list. As soon as space becomes available, students in the wait list will be notified.

New season, new art supplies!  So exciting.

The 7th season of SKETCH is starting soon!  We will again be meeting from 6:30-8:00PM on the 3rd Friday of each month from September through May.  This year we will be focusing on fiber arts and ink, while working to benefit the NH foodbank, our local emergency responders, and more.  A full list of our exciting line-up of artists, mediums, and community outreach efforts is available within our schedule for the year.  Make sure to mark your calendar!


SKETCH is intentionally designed as a family program, so don't worry if you will have a crying baby in tow.  Lessons are approachable for elementary students, and teens are offered their own level of challenge.  

Registration fills quickly, and there is always a wait-list, so please make sure to submit your response as quickly as possible.  This year we are trying out a new system for online registration (you will find it at the bottom of this page). If you encounter any problems at all, please contact me.  My goal is to make this process easier for you rather than more difficult.

Update: Registration is now closed however you are welcome to join our wait list by simply emailing sheryl goedecke at yahoo dot com.

If you have pre registered or have spoken with Sheryl, you are already in. Please to print and mail your registration here, or e-mail sheryl for online registration information.

Bulk Art Supply Order 

As always, in order to make your participation in SKETCH as easy and cost-effective as possible, we are putting together a bulk supply order.  The deadline for participation in the bulk order is August 15.  Late orders will not be accepted.

You may choose either the complete kit or the basic kit, and then include any add-ons you'd like.  In order to keep the prices affordable I am not able to purchase add-ons for anyone not purchasing a kit, and I am unable to substitute, add, or delete items from the kits.  Thank you for understanding.

Below is a listing of what you can expect to receive in your kit, along with links to the Amazon should you want to purchase on your own.  Please visit the supply list for this year to make sure that you order the correct quantities for your family.

Complete kit $69:
Basic kit $35:
Optional add ons:

I look forward to seeing you in September,
Sheryl G.


Saturday, May 14, 2016

Year-End Celebration

Hands-on clay projects, ice-cream sundaes, a special guest speaker, and more await you this coming Friday at the SKETCH year-end celebration. Come, enjoy, and pre-register for the 2016/2017 session.
I am so excited that we will have Robin Clark from the Andres Institute of Art sharing with us this year. AIA's annual international sculpture symposium is not only fascinating but entirely approachable. I know that hearing about it is going to be a highlight of your evening.
To wrap up we always do a quick review of each of the artists studied, and community service projects worked on over the year. Children who wish to participate in this annual show&tell may bring one piece that they created this year (in or outside of SKETCH) to share with the group. Those who wish to show their artwork but do not wish to speak will not be pressured to do so.

What to bring:

▪ No craft supplies are needed for this month's project. Everything you need for your clay project will provided as our gift to you.
▪ Optional - an ice cream topping to share (Ice-cream will be provided. If you have special dietary needs feel free to bring a substitution.)
▪ Optional - one piece of artwork to display

Guests and new SKETCH students are welcome to attend this class. We always have a wait-list, so pre-registration is an easy way to insure that you don't miss the 2016/2017 session!

Friday, April 8, 2016

Albrecht Durer

Self Portrait
Oil on wood panel
Alte Pinakothek, Munich Germany

This month we are studying Albrecht Durer, a highly influential German Renaissance artist who is known for his stunning prints, paintings, and writings.   His extensive travel to Italy emboldened his introduction of classical motifs into his work, and earned him the title of official court artist to the Holy Roman Emperor (side note: the title denotes neither a religious leader, nor a Roman).




The Wire Mill
Watercolour and gouache on paper, 286 x 426 mm
Staatliche Museen, Berlin

This month we will be working on simple wet-on-wet watercolor techniques.  Each student will need the following items to complete their project:

  • Water brush medium point *1 per student (Note: this is not the same as a watercolor brush) click through to see exactly what is recommended for this class 
  • 9x12" Watercolor paper *1 sheet per student This project is very wet, I do not recommend trying to work on construction paper or card stock.  
  • Masking tape *can be shared
  • everyday pencil - of any quality.  Please do not bring a mechanical pencil.  Those tend to crush the tooth of watercolor paper
  • Optional: 
    • Paint Palette (can substitute a few paper plates) 
    • Baby wipes or paper towels for clean-up
    • Crayons - for use on practice page

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Theodor Seuss Geisel lesson extension activities

Theodor Seuss Geisel's whimsical illustrations are a fun way to view life.  Your book donations with your fun illustrations inside will be greatly appreciated by the local libraries.


  • Theodor Geisel lived nearby.  Consider planning a trip to the Dr.  Seuss Memorial Sculpture Gardens in Springfield Massachusetts.  I have a feeling you will recognize a lot of the characters!
  • Later this year there will also be a Dr. Seuss museum opening in Springfield too.  Keep an eye on their website for more information.  
  • While in Springfield you can take your own walk down Mulberry Street.  Let me know if you encounter any lions.  

See more:

  • Reading Dr. Seuss's books is fun, but sometimes it is nice to have them read to you.  See if you can find a title that you don't recognize.
  • View work by Theodor Geisel that was not published in his books.  His self-portraits are my favorite. 


  • Dr. Seuss is well loved, but Theodor Geisel told many lies that are still remembered today, including deceiving his father into believing that he was receiving a scholarship to Lincoln College in Oxford.  
  • Think about this verse,  "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen."  Ephesians 4:29 How can our talk build others up or benefit them?  Why can't "kind, white lies" really build others up?   

Friday, March 18, 2016

Theodor Seuss Geisel

This month we will be making book plates in the style of Theodor Seuss Geisel.  He is one of my all time favorite artists when it comes to whimsey and fun.  Both his life and his artwork capture the joy  which we celebrate during the Easter season.

The best way to get aquainted with Geisel's work is to read his books.  You probably already have many in your home already, but if not, just swing by your local library for a few of his 60+ titles.

In order to complete this month's project, each student will need:

  • Crayons - minimum 8 color set, we recommend Prang *can be shared
  • Oil Pastels, 12 piece set, we recommend Pentel *can be shared

Looking forward to seeing you Friday 3/25 at 6:30!

Friday, February 26, 2016

Signac Lesson Extension Activities

Paul Signac is a fascinating pointillist artist.  Ready to learn more about him?


  • Paul-Signac.org has an extensive collection of online images created by Paul Signac.  It is a great place to explore!
  • Watch curators discuss Signac's work at ArtBabble



  • I haven't found any great children's books focused on the life of Paul Signac (If you know of one please pop me a message and let me know!
  • This book, Paul Signac, 1863-1935, however is a great alternative.  It is an enormous volume covering Signac's greatest works, and is available at most local libraries.


  • God created our eyes to combine lots of images into a complete whole without our conscious knowledge.  Signac and other pointillists took advantage of this in their scientific approach to color mixing.  Try your own hand at tricking your eyes.  

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Paul Signac

This month we are looking at the work of neo-impressionist Paul Signac.

Paul Signac

Signac was one of the world's first pointillist painters, using small dots and strokes of paint to form his images. He spent a lot of time on the seacoast, painting the landscapes he encountered.
Paul Signac with Palette

Grand Canal Venice
Paul Signac
oil on canvas
Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio

This month we will be creating pointillist bags that will be filled with treats for children.  To complete this project each child will need:

  • 8 1/2 x 11" scrap paper (this will be used as a measuring tool, so size is important) *1 sheet per child
  • Crayons - minimum 8 color set, we recommend Prang *can be shared
  • Navy thread, 1 spool *can be shared
  • 3/4" ribbon, 1 yard any color- *1 per student (can use 1/2 inch or 1 inch if that is what you have on hand)Masking tape *can be shared
  • Acrylic paint,12 piece set, we recommend Reeves *can be shared
  • Paint Palette (can substitute a few paper plates) *1 per student
  • Optional: Small package of baby wipes or paper towels

See you at 6:30 on Friday, February 29th!