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Drawing Practice

June 29, 2023 @ 2:00 pm 4:00 pm

Drawing as a daily practice is the goal, how to get there is the challenge. Working on drawing skills can be fun, interesting and help you in all your other creative pursuits. Drawing is about seeing, so the focus of this class is to elevate your level of observation and translate that from your eyes to your hand. We will discuss keeping a sketchbook and staying inspired to practice. This class is suitable for those with previous drawing experience.

Bring basic drawing supplies: pencil, pen, charcoal (vine and compressed), erasers (kneaded and white), stumps and paper.

Melisse Herman

Instructor / Artist

Melisse Herman works with themes of Absence and Presence, compelling a dialogue in which the viewer draws their own meaning from each work – engaging with what is first unseen, then subtly visible, and finally clear. Melisse graduated with distinction from California College of the Arts, and received her MFA with honors in painting and drawing from Mills College. She has exhibited on both the East and West Coasts and has featured in a number of significant collections, including the Chevron Corporation and the United States Embassy in Hong Kong. She helped to compose a young adult novel, and has taught at both California College of the Arts and Mills College as well as other institutions for over 35 years.

When you register for a class, you’ll be offered three price tiers. The middle tier comes closest to what our registration fees used to be, and covers about 50% of the full cost of your participation in the class – with the other 50% covered by community donations. The first tier creates accessibility for people with limited income, while the third tier covers the full cost of participation – so that we can use community donations to support other people’s registration costs. When you choose to register at the third tier, you directly help support the Center’s efforts to remove financial barriers for others.

The Sonoma Community Center (the Center) strives to create an inclusive, safe community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. The Center is committed to creating such an environment because it brings out the fullest potential in each of us, which, in turn, contributes directly to creating a community of belonging. In order to ensure a positive, safe, and welcoming experience for everyone, all program participants are asked to abide by the following policies, community agreements, and restorative safety protocol.

Financial aid is handled on an individual basis. If you think you qualify, follow the link below to apply.

Date: Thursdays, June 29th – August 10th
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Total sessions: 7
Instructor: Melisse Herman
Location: Room 208 Print Studio
Ages: Adult, 18+
Skill Level: Advanced Beginning-Intermediate
Sliding Scale: $130 / $210 / $310
Financial aid available

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