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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Lessons Learned at Drawing Art Camp

Drawing On The Right Side of the Brain
What a week was had in Blue Iris Art Studio. 
This week was art camp for drawing and I had
3 fabulous young men join in the fun.

This is day 1 with a new sketch pad, pencils and eraser.
The 2 facing us are twins and the other one is their brother.
The older boy loves drawing and sketching and has had some training in school.
We started off learning what could be done with their pencils
and how to create form with shading and highlights.
They were amazed as things began to emerge on their papers.
 Day 2 found us working on landscapes.

 Learning to hold the pencil differently than
 when writing was a challenge.
They learned how to draw components of a basic landscape,

Here are all 3 landscape drawings.
It was very interesting from my perspective, 
to see how each boy struggled on different subjects.
Some were very glad to have landscape day over with.

Day 3 - Self Portraits.
We spent the first hour or so learning to draw the basic components of a portrait,
and how to use points on the photo reference to lay out the parts of their faces.
I took their close up pics on the Day 1 and then printed them out and that's what they used to draw their portraits.
It's a little intimidating getting started.
But there was a lot in this portrait he got right.

 This young man was the most timid
 trying to get everything perfect, but he persisted
and I believe he had success.
I assured him, I've drawn myself at least 12 times
and I don't have one that looks like me yet.
He didn't quite get finished in the 50 minutes we worked on them,
but his components look very good.

 This guy always wanted to the fastest and the best.
(You know how boys are about competition)

He did do a very good job 
and I think he was pleased.
 It's sort of hard to see their finished work
because we used fine pencils for the most part,
but you can see they learned a lot
and were brave enough, not only to do the work,
but let me video and photograph them all along the way.
They were some of the best campers I've ever had.
No matter what I threw at them,
they took on the challenge and worked at it,
regardless how nervous or timid they might have been.
We could all take a lesson!!!
July 17-20 is my 4th Art Camp of the summer.
It is about thinking outside of the box and your child will have the opportunity to use their creativity in many ways.
Click HERE to get more info and sign up.
Seating is limited.  
August 7-10 is Teen Week
and only students 12 and up will be able to participate.
Lots of things are planned for them, I hope they will enjoy.
Click HERE to get more info and sign up. 
Seating is limited.
I am putting together some adult classes for this fall.
If you are interested, please leave me a comment below about what you would be interested in learning and I'll make sure to keep you in the loop.
Would you like:
1.  Morning or evening classes?
2.  Private or group classes?
3.  To learn basic concepts and how to use them.
4.  To finish a painting in one evening.  
Thanks for stopping by the Blue Iris Studio today. 



  1. What an inspiring and encouraging teacher you are, Sharon. I watched every little video and was struck by how "into it" they were. They will never look at things the same way again. From clouds to eyes / they learned how to really "see." I think they all did great.

  2. Thanks so much Julie. They were great students. They really did seem to be engaged in every part of the lessons.


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I'm a nature artist and I love to paint old barns, rivers and lakes, trees and fence rows and flowers. I work almost daily. You can purchase paintings by contacting me at and there is also a tab across the top of my blog for available paintings and one for small paintings with buy now buttons. You can also purchase through my Etsy shop using the name of Fine Nature Art. . Thank you so much for stopping by.