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Bring your pencil, pen, charcoal, iPad, ...or your left foot – whatever you want to draw with – and come ready to learn from, teach, and support fellow drawers. Each meeting we'll go to a different place, draw together and then maybe go for coffee afterward to talk about what we've done and learned. This group is for beginners as well as accomplished artists. “The sooner you make your first five thousand mistakes the sooner you will be able to correct them.” ― Kimon Nicolaides (author of "The Natural Way to Draw")

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Practice sketching faces at a 'Portrait Party.'

Brookside Park

(sketch by Julia Kay – see link below) Want to brush up on (or start!) your portrait drawing skills? Then come to our Portrait Party! It's a drawing event (for all levels) where people gather in small groups and each person takes a turn posing for the others. We'll start with one-minute poses and then to longer poses up to 10 minutes. This is a great way to get limbered up for the #OneWeek100People2019 virtual Meetup we (and others around the world) are doing from April 8-12. We'll go over the process at the start, so do be on time this time. I'll give more specific directions on where where in the park we'll be once I've scoped out the park again. BRING + your typical drawing supplies + a folding chair or stool + water and maybe some snacks to share (it's a party!) + wear distinctive, colorful clothing and hats to make it easier and fun for people to draw you. Think bold both in sketching supplies and clothing. PARKING free in the adjacent Lot I LINKS https://www.facebook.com/juliakaysportraitparty/ Ours will be much less structured that the NYC Urban Sketchers' Portrait Party but it's fun to see what they do: http://nyc.urbansketchers.org/2016/02/more-about-that-famous-portrait-party.html

Free Night at the Norton Simon

Norton Simon Museum of Art

5 – 6:30 – Unless there's a special assignment or challenge (see comment section below) it's your choice of what to do: do some gesture drawings of the Degas, Rodin, or Asian sculptures, wander about, or copy one of your favorite paintings. 6:30 – Sharp! Meet in the entrance hall for the group drawing exercise information. 7:30 – Meet back in the entrance hall to share our drawings and decide where we want to go afterwards. “Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.” Salvador Dali In case you haven't already seen them, check out two excellent videos about gesture drawings by Stan Prokopenko: • http://www.proko.com/how-to-draw-gesture/ • http://www.proko.com/how-to-draw-gesture-step-by-step/ Please note the Museum's policies re. sketching and backpacks: Museum visitors are permitted to sketch in the following ways: a dry medium only, a location that does not obstruct an entrance or exit, a location that does not compromise the safety or security of the artwork and/or other Museum visitors and/or a location that does not obstruct the view of the artwork. The Museum does not allow visitors to work in any wet medium (including oil, acrylic and watercolor paints), and no three-dimensional copying is allowed. Equipment such as stools, chairs, tripods and easels are not permitted in the galleries and gardens where they may block movement. All items brought into the Museum are subject to search by our Security Staff. All bags and parcels larger than 11 by 15 inches, including backpacks and purses, are required to be checked in the Check Room. Backpacks, carriers, and purses worn on the back of any size may not be worn in the galleries.

Virtual Meetup: Sketch 100 People in One Week

Needs a location

Marc Taro Holmes, Liz Steel and Suhita Shirodkar are challenging sketchers around the world to join them in the #OneWeek100People2019 challenge. (And no, it's not even a full week!) Ideally you'll go out and draw people on location but it's ok to draw from people online (this is a virtual meetup). Marc says: "The simple goal is: Draw 100 people in one week. You can do it any way you want. Pencil drawings, or pen and ink, maybe watercolor sketches. Whatever it is that you’d like to practice most. We’re committing to draw about 20 people a day. We’ll be posting our work every day for the week of April 8-12. If you want to join in, use the hashtag #OneWeek100People2019 and everyone can find your work too! We just want everyone to see what it feels like to follow through on that advice ‘practice every day’. It’s a big commitment. But it’s possible to do without completely disrupting your life. Or at least – you can choose how disruptive you want it to be :) The goal is PRACTICE. Not perfection. So maybe it’s only 20 minutes of work each day if you’re doing one minute gesture drawings. Or maybe a few of them are 5 to 10 minute studies, and you have to find a way to catch up later in the week." You can do this by yourself or suggest a place and time in the comment section where you'll be so others can join you. Anybody want to arrange a group visit to a dress rehearsal, a karate class, or...? Here's where Marc went for models last year: https://citizensketcher.com/category/event-oneweek100people/page/2/ Liz Steel's blog: https://www.lizsteel.com/ Suhita Shirodkar: https://sketchaway.wordpress.com/ Here are some additional tips from Suhita: – Aim to get to a 100 sketches. But don’t skip the challenge just because you feel you won’t get there- hey, 25 people sketches that week is better than zero! – Plan to swap out any ‘free time’ for drawing – just for one week. – Be prepared! Make a list of crowded places to draw people. Visit a park, the public library, go shopping, or to a sporting event. Maybe search out public performances. Live music at a pub, a lecture, or reading. – Go drawing in groups! If it looks like you’re a club or a class, people give you the benefit of the doubt. – If you don’t want to do it live, on-location, cue up a YouTube play list, sign up for Flickr, or download the iOS app SKTCHY. – Give yourself permission to succeed. Don’t overthink the results – just draw! You’ll see results at the end of the week. No matter how fast you sketch, over a whole week, at least ONE will be amazing. Post your work here and if you post elsewhere (FB, Instagram, Flickr and other social media) use the hashtag: #OneWeek100People2019 and others can see it too. There's a FB group dedicated to this challenge: https://www.facebook.com/groups/OneWeek100People/ Here's a link to what people posted here last year: https://www.meetup.com/Freehand-Sketch-LA/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=28648486

Free Night at the Norton Simon

Norton Simon Museum of Art

5 – 6:30 – Unless there's a special assignment or challenge (see comment section below) it's your choice of what to do: do some gesture drawings of the Degas, Rodin, or Asian sculptures, wander about, or copy one of your favorite paintings. 6:30 – Sharp! Meet in the entrance hall for the group drawing exercise information. 7:30 – Meet back in the entrance hall to share our drawings and decide where we want to go afterwards. “Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.” Salvador Dali In case you haven't already seen them, check out two excellent videos about gesture drawings by Stan Prokopenko: • http://www.proko.com/how-to-draw-gesture/ • http://www.proko.com/how-to-draw-gesture-step-by-step/ Please note the Museum's policies re. sketching and backpacks: Museum visitors are permitted to sketch in the following ways: a dry medium only, a location that does not obstruct an entrance or exit, a location that does not compromise the safety or security of the artwork and/or other Museum visitors and/or a location that does not obstruct the view of the artwork. The Museum does not allow visitors to work in any wet medium (including oil, acrylic and watercolor paints), and no three-dimensional copying is allowed. Equipment such as stools, chairs, tripods and easels are not permitted in the galleries and gardens where they may block movement. All items brought into the Museum are subject to search by our Security Staff. All bags and parcels larger than 11 by 15 inches, including backpacks and purses, are required to be checked in the Check Room. Backpacks, carriers, and purses worn on the back of any size may not be worn in the galleries.

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