Mondays, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Drawing is one of the oldest forms of visual art – think of the caves! – and yet it is also an immediate and vital form of communication today. In this class, we’ll learn to draw by observing real objects. By exercising hand, mind, and heart, we’ll also focus on the healing potential of drawing, which engages the “right side” of the brain. For additional inspiration, we’ll study examples of drawings and other art forms throughout history. Main requirement: open-mindedness!

See below for materials list.

  • Age: 16+
  • Session: 5 weeks (March 20 – April 17, 2023)
  • Instructor: Deb Brod
  • Cost: $150/student
  • Class Size: minimum of 3 students registered to run class; no more than 12 students total
  • Class Location: CCAC @ Short Vine (2728 Short Vine Street)
  • Registration Deadline: March 13, 2023

Materials for the first day:

  • Newsprint pad, 18” x 24” or 14” x 17” approx. or white paper pad, 14” x 17” approx. or larger
  • Graphite pencil(s) – 2B to 6B (softer)
  • Graphite sticks, bars – 2B to 6B (softer)
  • Charcoal sticks – one or two square sticks
  • Charcoal pencil – 2B to 6B (softer)
  • Erasers: kneaded, esp; also “magic rub” eraser, etc.
  • Smudging tools: rag, cotton balls, q-tips, tortillons, etc.

Additional materials:

  • Conté crayons – black, 2B or softer (also, if you’d like, brown, sanguine, white)
  • Water-soluble graphite sticks, bars; water-brush/pen
  • Vine charcoal (very soft and lightweight)
  • Pencil sharpener

Deb Brod
Deb enjoys teaching art and sharing her love of art-making and its countless therapeutic effects with people of all ages. She has taught and led community-based art projects through the Ohio Arts Council, community arts centers, schools, art museums, and many other organizations. She has created artwork for commissions (including for the Taft Museum of Art and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital), and exhibited her artwork made with many media and approaches including, painting, textiles, and installation, in the midwest (including at Cincinnati’s Contemporary Arts Center), and occasionally other parts of the country and the world. In college, Deb studied French, art history, and fine art, culminating in a masters degree in fine art in painting. Although her work often appears abstract, or non-representational, the sources of Deb’s inspiration draw on both her inner life and the outer world, and range from nature to human nature.