Urban Sketching


Fridays, April 6-27
10 am-12 noon
Instructor: Durinda Cheek

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Fridays, April 6-27
10 am-12 noon
Instructor:  Durinda Cheek

All levels are welcome!

Urban sketching is the act of drawing while on location in areas that you live in or travel to.  You can sketch at your local farmer’s market, coffee shop, public park, museum, or favorite street.  It is a great way to document the world around you and to slow down and really take in your surroundings by observation.

Each week, students will sketch on-location  at a different Chattanooga site.   Sites will include places that make Chattanooga unique including architecture, bridges, parks, and the Tennessee river.   The sites will be easy to get to and comfortable (no hard hikes).  The instructor will guide you on how to give the views a sense of place using linear perspective.  She will help you identify the composition and indicate the direction of light which will give the drawings form and dimension. You will learn how to simplify the composition, add variety to lines, and techniques for shading. Get as much individual instruction as you need or just come sketch and enjoy being in a small group of artists and observing the world around you.  No experience is necessary.

Materials:  Materials are included.   Each student will receive a small sketching kit including pen, pencil, and a sketchbook.  If you want to bring more materials of your own with which to work, feel free!

Optional but recommended: bring a foldable camping stool or chair ,  hat/visor, and a water bottle.

About the Instructor:

Durinda has a Masters degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She has taught numerous art classes in the Georgia public schools, The McCallie School in Chattanooga, and has been an adjunct professor at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. In addition, she has taught classes from her own studio and has led workshops throughout the southeast region and in France and Italy. In addition to teaching, Durinda’s award-winning paintings have been exhibited in numerous international and national exhibitions and are represented in corporate and private collections in the US and abroad. Working in both watercolor and oil, she uses the medium that best suits the subject. To enhance her professional growth, she has studied with master artists such as Wayne Wu aws, Tom Lynch, Jack Beal, and David Leffel opa. She is a signature member of Georgia, Tennessee, and Louisiana Watercolor Societies, a member of Oil Painter’s of America, Plein Air Florida, Plein Air Georgia, and the Association for Visual Artists. As an invited artist for the last four years, she paints at Walt Disney’s World’s Epcot Flower Festival every spring along with eleven other artists from across the country.