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Sat. Mar 2nd, 2013
15. Urban Sketching | La Jolla, CA |
Presented By Athenaeum Music & Arts Library

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Athenaeum Music & Arts Library (MAP)
1008 Wall Street
La Jolla, CA
US 92037

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Event Information:
(858) 454-5872

Advance online class registrations have ended. Please call the Athenaeum’s School of the Arts at (858)454-5872 during normal library hours to register. The library is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. We are closed on Sunday and Monday.

Athenaeum's School of the Arts
Course #15: Urban Sketching
Instructor: Lori Mitchell

Sat.–Sun., 10 AM–2:30 PM (1/2 hour break)
Mar. 2–3 (2 days)
La Jolla Studio
$130 member/150 nonmember

We will meet in the class in La Jolla and then go out in the urban setting to draw and paint. We will go over some quick easy ways to understand perspective and then we will use that information in the field. We will draw buildings, people and "urbanscapes" on the go. We will be working on getting quick studies in pen & ink and then we will add watercolor. This is a great technique to learn for travel sketchbooks, greeting cards, or adding a little custom painting to your scrapbook, blog or website.

Materials: Faber Castel Pitt Artist pens, waterproof, black or sepia. There's a pack of four that has nib sizes superfine, fine, medium, and brush; graphite pencil, 4B, 5B, 6B; sharpener; White Pearl eraser; small ruler; one watercolor sketchbook, about 5" x 8" is good for outdoors (Moleskine has a nice one). Watercolor: If you have watercolors, just bring what you have. If you need to buy some, you can get the Prang brand, 16 standard colors set or upgrade to a good travel set by Winsor & Newton. Both usually come with a brush. I recommend you get an additional round brush (#6 or #8) and a square wash brush (about ½ inch). Feel free to bring any pens or paper you would like to try. Also bring a little cup for water. Be prepared for the weather with a hat, a folding chair, water and sunscreen. There are several places to get something to eat but sometimes the lines are long so feel free to bring a lunch.


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Tickets can also be purchased by calling the Athenaeum Box Office at (858) 454-5872 or stopping by in person during normal library hours. The library is open Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., and Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. The library is closed on Sunday and Monday.

REGISTRATION BY PHONE: Class registrations can also be done over the phone by calling the Athenaeum at (858) 454-5872 or in person during normal library hours. The library is open Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., and Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. The library is closed on Sunday and Monday.

ENROLLMENT: Art classes are limited to approximately 18-20 students for adult classes and 12-15 students for children’s classes. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis.

CLASS POLICY: Visitors are not allowed in the classroom. If you wish to sit in on a class, you must enroll.

SCHOOL REFUND POLICY: No exceptions made. A full refund will be given only if a class, workshop or tour is cancelled, filled prior to the receipt of your registration, or if the teacher does not accept you as a student. A credit for another class in the next Athenaeum’s School of the Arts season will be extended to students who are unable to attend and have notified the Athenaeum’s School of the Arts staff at least one week prior to the beginning of the class.

CANCELLATIONS: The Athenaeum reserves the right to cancel classes and workshops prior to or at the beginning of the first class meeting. A full refund will be given automatically or tuition may be applied towards another course during the current session depending on availability.

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