Levels: All Levels
Offered: 6 Tuesday mornings, starting 5/5/20, 9:30am - 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 in the Santa Cruz Art League classroom 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.
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. www.cynthiaarmstrongart.com