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Still Life Drawing

Duration: 8 weeks

Price: $200

This course focuses on improving students’ observational drawing skills.  Exercises and drawing activities will direct the students toward understanding how to measure proportion, understanding basic perspective, understanding light and shadow, and ultimately, how to make their drawing ‘look’ like what they are seeing. Skill level is open; these exercises will help with all abilities.  In addition to learning how to draw ‘what’ one sees, the student should also leave this course with a better understanding of ‘how’ they see.

Still life class materials

  • Paper: (supplied)

  • Graphite pencils: 2H, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B

  • Charcoal: Vine (supplied), Compressed stick, Compressed pencil

  • Eraser: Staedtler Mars Plastic
    Optional: Eraser in mechanical pencil form

  • Tortilian (paper blending stump)

  • Drafting tape: ¾” wide

  • Favorite Small Object


  • Week 1: Seeing/Feeling

  • Week 2 Measuring

  • Week 3 Negative Space

  • Week 4 Perspective

  • Week 5 Tone/Light & Shadow

  • Week 6 Compositional Studies

  • Week 7 Sustained Drawing

  • Week 8 Sustained Drawing


Bio: Darren Jordan

Darren Jordan is a Lancaster based artist who has worked as an art educator for over ten years, while actively exhibiting his work in galleries, locally and throughout the mid-atlantic region.   His artwork exists in several private collections, throughout the region, and even in Europe.  His work ranges from representational to abstract; and is presented in forms ranging from hand print to oil paint, all with drawing as a strong basis. 

Mr. Jordan has been an active member of the Lancaster/York arts community for over 11 years, having been member artist at the former Kalargyros Gallery, and then member artist with the Parliament Arts organization in York and finally with the Fulton Art Studio which became Lancaster Arts Studios and is now Station One Center for the Arts. 

He has taught college art courses at The Art Institute of York, Harrisburg Area Community College, and Tyler School of Arts.  His experience includes courses in printmaking, drawing, figure drawing, painting, animation and digital imaging.  He continues to operate “Monday Night Sketch Group” which meets here at Station One Center for the Arts on every Monday from 6 - 9pm.

His instruction focuses on the fundamentals of seeing accurately and developing mark-making techniques for developing representational drawings. An understanding of creating balanced compositions is stressed, and tools for finding abstract forms of expression are presented.  His courses are designed for serious students and artists who wish to develop a more solid ability to see and represent. 


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