Drawing Workshops 2015-2016

All workshops are adaptable K-12 and beyond and can be brought to your classroom! Please contact Jamie Muenzer jmuenzer@visionariesandvoices.com in the Education Department for program costs and more information.


Drawing with Emotion with Rosalind Bush

Students will think about an experience in their life when they’ve felt a strong emotion, any emotion, good or bad. After writing down a sentence or two describing the experience and the emotion students will use color, shape and line to create a chalk drawing that best expresses that emotion. • Emotion, Experience, Color, Expression


TV Fusion Creatures with Holly Ebel

Students will choose 3+ of their favorite T.V./Movie/Book characters and 1 or 2 characteristics from each. Students will combine those characters and their characteristics into a new unique creature. Fusion Creatures will be finished using watercolor pencils. • Fantasy, Fusion, Creature


Self-Portraits with Lamar Madison

Students will explore portraits and self-portraits in many different mediums as a form of personal expression. Mirrors and each other will be used as reference to create a self-portrait using oil pastel and watercolor. Students may then embellish their portraits in the style of Lamar Madison using sequins, glitter and gems. • Self-Portrait, Features, Characteristics


What’s your style? with Nikki Martin

Using Nikki’s clothing line, House of Nikki, as inspiration students will draw their own original fashion designs. Magazines, runways shows and Nikki’s work will inspire the students to create everything from ready-to-wear looks to costume. Materials will range from marker to watercolor pencil. • Style, Fashion, Design


Wild + Wacky Backgrounds with Neil Dignan

Students will draw a stylized portrait or self-portrait trying to capture their “essence” rather than reality. The backgrounds will be filled with exaggerated forms that frame the figure as the focal point, similar to Neil’s “The Lorax” inspired backdrops. • Zentangle, Pattern, Repetition, Meditation


Zentangle Animals with Neil Dignan

Explore the meditative drawing method of Zentangles that Neil Dignan has adopted into almost all of his work. Using repetitive lines and shapes, create a stained glass piece that is enveloped by detailed pattern using sharpie and paint markers. • Zentangle, Pattern, Repetition, Meditation


Memory Maps with Braxton Thomas

Students will look at the map work of Braxton Thomas while comparing and contrasting various maps. Students will explore maps as a form of visual art and discuss what they are used for. Students will create a memory map of a place they’ve been, want to go or have made up. • Memory Map, Maps


Family Trees with Ruth Burton (adapted)

Participants will talk about the importance of families as well as how everyone’s family can look a little different. After looking at how Ruth incorporates family into her work, students will create a family tree using sharpie and watercolor paint.• Family Tree, Watercolor, Diversity


Tattoo Design with Jacqueline Fisher

Participants will observe the intricate line drawings of Jacqueline Fisher and discuss her many influences including: tattoos, hair, flames, and art nouveau patterns. Participants will explore Jackie’s methodical process by creating their own drawings using pencils, sharpie markers, and mat board. (Program can be adapted using contact paper, tissue paper and black cardstock to make stained glass.) • Pattern, Line, Abstract


Faces of History with Chaz Anderson

Chaz Anderson is drawn to faces throughout time that have impacted history, King Tut to Martin Luther King, Jr. Using a variety of canvases, from recycled cardboard to canvas, students will learn how to create a gridded portrait and manipulate oil pastels. • Portrait, Historical Figure, Grid


Butterflies with Linda Kunick

Linda Kunick, also known as “The Butterfly Lady” is drawn to the transformative nature of butterflies, incorporating them into almost all of her artwork. After discussing butterflies and looking at Linda’s bright, bold creations, students will embrace the idea of “chance”, pulling out random crayons from a concealed bag. These crayons will be used to draw butterflies while thinking about pattern, shape and color. • Cocoons, Metamorphosis, Transformation


Abstract Drawings with David Callahan

David Callahan is a painter whose landscapes are fanciful and lighthearted. First, he creates detailed sketches whose elements ebb and flow throughout his paintings. From abstract shapes that appear as mountains to birds and cacti, these drawings are created with distinct purpose. Students will create their own abstract drawing focusing on shape and color palette. • Abstract, Sketch, Color Palette


Animals in their Natural Habitat with Aaron Ringeisen

The illustrations of Aaron Ringeisen are bright, boxy, and bold. The artist’s unmistakable drawing style is uniquely simplistic and minimalist as he reduces his subject to colorblocked, nearly geometric forms. Much of his work revolves around his passion for animals and animal conservation. Talk about a variety of different animals and their natural habitats before choosing your own to illustrate! • Animals, Habitat, Conservation


Saving Our Animal Friends with Aaron Ringeisen

Many animals have become extinct due to the carelessness of humans. Many are on the verge of becoming extinct, as well. This project will teach students the importance of conservation and what can be done to save our endangered animal friends. • Animals, Habitat, Conservation


History of Animals Through Art: The Intuit’s & Kwakwala’s with Aaron Ringeisen

In this activity, explore human relationships with animals as reflected through art history. Investigate the style and spirit of the Kwakwala or Inuit tribe in North America. Through choosing an animal and drawing it in either the Inuit or Kwakwala way, students will learn about other cultures and pay homage to our animal friends. • Animals, Habitat, Conservation, Intuit, Kwakwala


Flying Machines with Kathy Brannigan

Kathleen Brannigan’s psychedelic stream of consciousness drawings crash Shel Silverstein playfulness with the mechanical detail of an airplane engineer. Students will learn about the kinds of things that fly as well as the parts that make them up, from the engine to the cockpit. After brainstorming, students will create their own unique flying machines using sharpie + watercolor. • Flying Machine, Watercolor, Imagination



Setting the Scene: From Scissor Girl to Mind Melder with Jon Klosterman

Students will develop their own Superhero or Villain through the creation of a Comic Strip Storyboard. Using Blue Line Pro Comic paper, students will set the scene through the development of characters, dialogue and other supporting imagery! • Character Development, Story Board, Inking


Art Magazines with Andrew Hostick

Students will look at the work of Andrew Hostick and discuss his process of working from the observation of images in art magazines. Students will select ANY image in an arts publication that jumps out at them and through emulation and appropriation, make a recreation that’s their own. • Appropriation, Emulation, Observation



Still Life with Andrew Hostick

Students will look at still life drawings by Andrew and learn the reasons why they appear so often in his work, as well as make observations on their style. After looking at a classic still life image chosen by Andrew, students will collaboratively build a 3-dimensional still life. Students will then choose an angle and draw what they see focusing on SHAPE and COLOR and finish with colored pencils. • Still Life, Shape, Color, 3D


Book of Likes with Greg Geist

Learn about the passions and interest of artist Greg Geist: from Dragon Ball Z and Comics to Ancient Greek Mythology and Egyptian Symbolism. Greg compiles his ‘likes’ through detailed drawings that fill 350-page loose leaf paper notebooks. Using only a pencil and fine tip sharpie, students will create their own book of likes. • Drawing, Sketching, Personal Interests


Food + Drink with Cathrine Whited

Cathrine Whited uses lists, titled: “What’s in my fridge?” or “Things that make up a sandwich”, as jumping points for her drawings. Creating series of graphic objects using pencil and colored pencil, Cathrine categorizes everyday things from sneakers, to lunch meat to christmas lights. Students will create a series of 3-objects of their choosing using colored pencil. • Graphic, Illustration, Series