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Express Yourself!

Express Yourself!
Charcoal Still-Life with Jessica Plattner

Adult beginners drawing class introducing you to exploring drawing with charcoal. Artist & Instructor Jessica Plattner will guide you through the still-life drawing process, building upon skills each week. All levels welcome, and all materials will be available in-class.

3 Class Course | THURSDAYS | June 8 - 22 | 6:45 - 8:45PM | in the Discovery Centre

Week #1: Two Basic Approaches: Students will learn about two basic approaches to drawing -- line and shape. Topics will include the importance of warming up, blind contour drawing, trusting your eyes over your brain, and seeing shapes of value. Instructor will provide a simple still-life set up.

Week #2: Seeing the "Value" in Still-Life: Students will warm up with quick sketches, then complete a longer value study with charcoal. Focus will be on moving from general shapes to specific details.

Week #3: Express Yourself: Students will learn about how still-life objects can carry meaning and content. Focus will be on drawing as an act of care and attention. Students will bring objects to include in the still life.

Artist Bio
Jessica Plattner is an American artist living in Medicine Hat. She earned a BFA from Washington University School of Fine Art in St. Louis, and an MFA in painting from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and Temple Rome, Italy. Plattner has participated in artist residencies at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the Vermont Studio Center, and Studio Art Centers International; and she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Mexico. Since moving to Canada in 2014, Plattner has had solo exhibitions at the ASA Gallery in Calgary, the Art Gallery of St. Albert, the Okotoks Art Gallery, and the Esplanade Art Gallery in Medicine Hat, along with many group exhibitions. She currently teaches in the Art & Design Program at Medicine Hat College and lives with her partner, artist/musician Dean Smale, and their daughter.

A patron may withdraw their registration up to two weeks prior to the start date and will be issued a full refund. No refund will be issued within the two weeks prior to the start date, but withdrawals during that time period will be considered on a case by case basis and may result in a credit applied to the patron’s name. No credit or refund will be issued to any withdrawals within three business days before the start date of the program.


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