Detailed Pencil Studies

July 4 - July 5


Detailed Pencil Studies

Weekend Two (2-day): July 4-5, 2020. Classes run 9 am – 4 pm daily and students are welcome to stay late in their studio.

Detailed Pencil Studies

Pencil is often used for quick sketches, or in laying down preliminary lines for work in other media. This workshop explores the use of pencil as a stand-alone tool for creating detailed, realistic finished works. Focus is on drawing objects (natural or man-made), and topics covered include material basics (pencil grades, paper), capturing outlines, the importance of light, strokes, and the use of shading to build dimension.

Day 1 covers theoretical basics, and participants will experiment with pencil grades and strokes to draw objects of varying textures and complexities. On day 2, they will apply the experience gained to develop one or more detailed studies of an object (or objects) of their choice.

  • Student Supply List: (Click HERE): Students are responsible for bringing the supplies listed.
  • Course Level: All Skill Levels

Price: $314

Prices are listed in Canadian Dollars and include daily lunch/snacks, relevant materials fees and any applicable taxes


Passionate about both art and the natural world from an early age, Ilka took studio drawing lessons as a teenager and then spent twenty years studying, researching, and teaching biology. She holds a Ph.D. in environmental biology and ecology and, at various times, has explored both environmental policy and law. Reflecting this multi-textured background, her art examines the world through a variety of overlapping lenses, from scientific-descriptive to critical, whimsical, and surreal. Working mainly in pencil and ink, she is fascinated by pattern, texture, and transformation, and by the way we as people relate to the non-human world.

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