Teaching Artist Information
Freelance Illustrator & Educator
Graphite, colored pencil, pen, and ink
Ages / Grades:
Adults and children 7+
No travel, some Cambridge area outdoor classes offered, mostly online workshops offered
Several online workshops are offered for up to 12 participants (2 hours in length including time for drawing and individualized feedback) or in a 75-minute webinar format for larger groups. All skill levels are welcome.
Drawing from the Imagination: Why Should Kids Have All the Fun?
Join us to explore some different approaches to the drawing process, using natural objects as a jumping-off point and allowing our imaginations a bit of free rein. This is a fun opportunity to stretch in ways that may inform all different kinds of drawing, from abstraction and impression to illustration and cartooning. Examples and exercises will be presented, and there will be time for drawing and feedback.
The Joy of Mark Making
Rather than focus on a particular drawing material or subject matter, we’ll explore the incredible variety of marks and lines that can be used to depict a subject and what those marks and lines can do – everything from giving character or mood to creating depth, volume, and texture. I’ll show examples and give tips and exercises and we should have plenty of time for drawing and individualized feedback.
Sketching and Mindfulness
We’ll explore how sketching can be a practice for deepening mindful awareness of our surroundings, and how mindful awareness can enrich our sketching practice by helping us quiet inner voices. Using natural objects as our subject matter, we will explore ways to focus our attention, learn to see more deeply, and record our observations more carefully.
Other workshops available – details provided on request:
Drawing on Experience: Learning from Great Artists of the Past
Nature Journaling for Families
Nature Journaling in Your Garden or Backyard
Shading Tips & Tricks
Sketching Plants & Flowers
Sketching Plants & Flowers in Colored Pencil
Sketching with Colored Pencils
Sketching with Fine Tip Pens
Please contact the illustrator for additional information including cost.
Read Erica Beade’s brief professional biography and view her portfolio