Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Water is a most essential element: transfixing to watch, enjoyable and challenging to draw and paint. Class will meet at parks and other outdoor locations, observing and drawing from the water, whether close-up, on the “shore” of a small lake, or viewing the Ohio River from an Eden Park overlook. Students will draw water’s movement, reflections, colors, simultaneously developing a sense of its place in our compositions as well as the world. Color theory will be included, and students are also encouraged to work with color intuitively.

Choose your media: from “traditional” drawing media (graphite, charcoal, conté crayon, etc.), to drawing media with color (oil pastels, water-soluble oil pastels, colored pencils, etc.) to ink to watercolor.

See below for materials needed for the first day of class.

  • Age: Adults and Teens 16+
  • Session: 5 weeks (September 20 – October 18, 2023
  • Instructor: Deb Brod
  • Cost: $150/student
  • Class Size: minimum of 4 students registered to run class; no more than 12 students total
  • Class Location: CCAC @ Short Vine (2728 Short Vine Street). Weather permitting, class will also meet outdoors in Cincinnati Parks.
  • Registration Deadline: EXTENDED! September 18, 2023

  • White paper pad: good quality drawing paper (about 60 lb or better); at least 11” x 14”; 50 -100 sheets, or watercolor paper, if you plan to use watercolor.
  • The materials you’re most interested in trying out or continuing to work with (see list in class description).

Also, cloth rag(s), cotton balls, q-tips, tortillons, etc., for smudging, smoothing, cleaning, etc; erasers, esp. a kneaded eraser, if you choose “traditional” drawing materials.

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.