ONLINE Travel Sketching

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Levels: All Levels

Offered: 6 Tuesday mornings, starting 5/5/20, 10:00am - 12:00pm

Instructor: Cynthia Armstrong

Location: Santa Cruz Art League

Travel sketching & painting allows us to slow down and to be wholly present while exploring the world.  Keeping an illustrated travel sketchbook enhances the journey by pushing us to analyze details and understand why life is important in the places we visit.  We take in things that might not be noticed at a simple glance or with a quick snapshot. These drawings become a tool for learning and discovery by allowing us to visually catalog the unknown or something new we encounter.  Because sitting and drawing make us approachable in ways that taking photos does not, sketching can be a way to connect to the people around us, sparking conversations with locals and other travelers who wish they thought of drawing. The experiences we absorb while drawing create an intense bond with places, which will be remembered in a unique way. This becomes clear when we return to our sketchbooks long after we get home and are flooded with the memories of that moment when we put pen and paint to paper.

This course will be held ONLINE and will cover the fundamentals of simple architectural elements, quick figurative sketching, landscapes,  color work, and more.  Pencil, pen and watercolor washes will be introduced.

Here’s how Cynthia is offering this live online course:

1. Each enrolled student will receive a Zoom invitation and password the day before each class session.

2. Students will be able to ask questions in real-time during the lecture and demo.

3. A video recording of the class session will be posted to Dropbox with a link sent to each student to view at any time afterward in order to do the assignments.

4. A separate Zoom meeting will be scheduled for students to present work for live critique and feedback.













Cynthia Armstrong holds a graduate degree from UC Santa Cruz in Science Illustration and a Master’s degree in Education from Stanford University.  She has been a freelance illustrator and artists for over 20 years, and a teacher for the past 15 years. Cynthia, as a published illustrator, has traveled and journaled extensively throughout her career.

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