Vandra Pentecost

VANDRA PENTECOST

I am available to teach workshops or private lessons either in my studio or the Indianpolis Art Center. I teach figure, portrait painting & drawing, anatomy - figure drawing from life, colored pencils, cartooning, fundamentals of drawing, painting and figure color studies (oil painting and pastel).

I can help high school students looking to improve their drawings and paintings working towards their admission portfolios for college.

 

Private lessons in my studio: Linder Design Studio 317-220-5249 (NEW)

 

I am also available for one day workshops.

linderdesign@sprintmail.com

 

For classes at the Indianapolis Art Center: please see classes listed below.

Please contact Guest Services, 317- 255-2464.

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Instructor -  Drawing & Painting 

Monitor - Spring, Summer, Fall:  OPEN STUDIO FIGURE STUDY:

Friday Morning          9 - Noon

 

A SAMPLE OF CLASSES:

  Life Drawing  I - 3 hr sessions  - All Levels

Beginning to advanced students will explore the contemporary viewpoints and aspects of figure drawing working from professional models, starting with short poses and continuing to extended poses. Fundamental elements including anatomy, line quality, tone, proportion and foreshortening will be explored. Handouts will be provided to help reinforce basic concepts. Traditional and contemporary approaches will be presented to help you develop your individual style.

 

 

 Life Drawing  II -  Anatomy Study  – Intermediate/Advanced

Artistic anatomy drawing from the model. Anatomical names of major bones and muscles will be learned and a separate section studied each week -ex. ARM:  front, back & side-views. Students will Students will learn the underlying bone structure and surface muscles of the human form map the model’s pose with skeletal and muscle overlays, reference handouts provided. Students should bring their media of choice. Poses will start with 25 minutes going to 60 minutes.

Students will progress from drawing casts to map the model’s pose with skeletal and muscle overlays.

 

   Introduction to Portrait Drawing

 Learn the guidelines to locate facial planes, proportions and features.  Work with casts to understand the underlying structure of the head and features, and then create a self-portrait and progress to working with life models. Demonstrations and handouts provided.

  Figure / Portrait Grisaille (B & W value studies) -3 hr sessions- Beginning/Intermediate

Students will learn additive and subtractive value techniques and review underlying bone structure and surface muscles to learn basic anatomical fundamentals to complete work to a finished piece. Students will draw a male and female working in 1 and 2 week sessions. Traditional and contemporary approaches will be encouraged. Students must bring their choice of media: drawing pencils, charcoal & white chalk and white or gray paper or canvas.

 Then step into:

  Figure / Portrait Painting - Color - 3 hr sessions- Intermediate/Advanced

Students will learn the underlying bone structure and surface muscles to learn basic anatomical fundamentals. Traditional and contemporary approaches will be encouraged. Students will paint a male and female working in 3-week sessions, 3 hr. poses, to complete work to a finished piece and must bring their choice of media: pastel, oils or acrylics and 18 x 24 paper or 16 x 20 canvas.

 

Fundamentals in Drawing  - Beginner/ Intermediate

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 7 & 8-week class

Anyone can draw! Learn the fundamental drawing skills and techniques for you to advance on your artistic path. Instruction in drawing media and their applications, sighting techniques, the principles of composition, how to apply expressive line and value, scaling techniques and perspective will be learned through step-by step weekly exercises. Demonstrations and handouts provided.

Media explored: Graphite pencils, charcoal pencils, compressed charcoal, ink, pastel and colored pencil.

 

    Beginning Oil Painting

Students will learn how to properly prepare a painting surface and how to develop a painting in an archival way. Students will focus on developing skills in rendering subjects from direct observation and learn to use oil paints to create a variety of surfaces and approaches to making an image. Students will review the use of color theory as it applies to painting and use previously learned skills in composition and design principles.

 

Instructor will paint along with students to demonstrate some of his approaches and paint applications. Some students bring ongoing paintings for group input. Instructor will work with each student at their individual level.

Week One and Two:

Students will work on 5"x7" canvas panel and create a basic landscape..

Weeks Three – Ten:

Students select photos from instructors or students selection.Color wheel and a variety of color palettes discussed.

Ongoing plotting and placement of image from photo. Scaling and transfer techniques demonstrated. Ongoing plotting and placement from still life. Ongoing opportunity to mix color.

Towards the end of the course, we will also do a quick venture into abstract showing how some mediums and textures work. Students will reinterpret a previous painting using some of these techniques. 

  Fundamentals in Drawing

Anyone can draw! Learn the fundamental drawing skills and techniques for you to advance on your artistic path. Instruction in drawing media and their applications, sighting techniques, the principles of composition, how to apply expressive line and value, scaling techniques and perspective will be learned through step-by step weekly exercises. Demonstrations and handouts provided.

This will be a basic drawing course for beginners. We will discuss line, value, contour and shape, and how to look at objects from trees, still life objects and the figure to find the underlying geometric shapes to start building your drawings moving towards refinement. Composition, balance and scaling will be discussed. I would suggest bringing erasers - white plastic and kneaded, white drawing paper  and a range of drawing pencils - HB through 9B.

 

   Painting Portraits from Photo Reference

Learn transfer techniques, and how to render the facial features to make your painting look more three dimensional.

 

Drawing From Photo Reference

Still life, botanicals, portraits and figures, still life’s, city scenes, landscapes, macro and micro subjects just to name a few are subjects used as reference for drawing, mixed media and painting. Learn some tips to take your own photos for reference.

Through the process of thumbnail sketching learn the methods and techniques to create work that can be hyper realistic to whimsical as you analyze and translate your photos into finished drawings. Various media and drawing techniques will be demonstrated. Composition, editing and manipulation of references will be explored to enhance your finished drawings.

Students are encouraged to bring in their own photo references.

Take the initiative to photograph your subject from every point of view, and get every detail that you need - think about it as a process of gathering information which you then edit and manipulate. Be highly selective about what visual information you choose to use and use only what is going to help facilitate your drawing in a positive manner. Working from multiple photographs, so that you are not so reliant on a single photograph, will give you more information. If you have Photoshop, you can manipulate your photo as needed. If that is not possible, the instructor can do some editing for you. If possible bring printouts from a desktop printer.

In class we will take the information from the photographs and then process it, shift it, change it to create something new and engaging. We will learn how to scale, transfer and create more convincing dimension and space than what the photograph shows with shifts in values and edges using various rendering techniques.

Demonstrations, handouts, instructor one-on-one instruction and assistance to help you bring your creative vision to life will be provided.

Materials:

Student’s photo references

11 x 17 pad of white drawing paper

drawing pencils (I use Mars Staedler Lumograph set of 12 pencils  H-B pencils)

kneaded eraser

white plastic eraser

Materials can be purchased at Staples in the drafting department, Prizm or Michael’s Arts & Craft

Additional Supplies: Student’s choice of any drawing media

The Instructor will provide charcoal and colored pencils for students to try if they do not want to purchase.

 

Drawing from Observation, Memory & Imagination

You need to know how to draw the basic elements of reality to then take that memory and reinterpret it to create a new an imagined vision. By drawing from observation you build a visual library of forms, values and textures that will strengthen your memory and expand your imaginative creativity.

Exercises in observational drawing will include drawing various line qualities, shapes, forms, textures, and objects from different perspectives. Focusing will enable you to gain solid perceptual skills, hand-eye coordination, reducing preconceptions about the appearance of objects.

Memory exercises will include some repetitive drawing to help improve your ability to see and remember by refining your drawing each tim

 

 

Imagination drawing is a mix of memories reshaped, added to, combined differently or embellished. Depicting emotion through line, shape, values, texture and color.

Example exercises:

Explore visual detail, positive & negative space, shape comparisons, proportions and textures

Embedded Objects

Inside Outside

Order & Chaos

Hybrrid

Terrible & Beautiful

Bits & Pieces

Soft & Hard

Thematic drawing using metaphor and symbols.

Demonstrations, handouts, instructor one-on-one instruction and assistance to help you bring your creative vision to life will be provided.

Materials:

11 x 17 pad of white drawing paper and/or sketchbook

drawing pencils (I use Mars Staedler Lumograph set of 12 pencils  H-B pencils)

kneaded eraser

white plastic eraser

Materials can be purchased at Staples in the drafting department, Prizm or Michael’s Arts & Craft

Additional Supplies: Student’s choice of any drawing media

The Instructor will provide charcoal and colored pencils for students to try if they do not want to purchase.

Design & Composition

Students will learn the principles and elements of design in relation to 2-D composition with the goal to improve and strengthen their drawings and paintings. Through discussions on composition and the principles of design used in historical and current advertising, graphics, painting, drawing, photography students will gain a better understanding of how to create dynamic compositions in their own work. Students will be introduced to basic 2D materials, including: ink, graphite, additional media, collage, various papers and working surfaces, provided by the instructor.

Students will create compositions that effectively solve design problems through use of line such as: gestural, contour, implied, expressive and/or analytical. They will then work with shape, volume and textures to recognize and manipulate attributes of space. Through thumbnail sketching, students will use textures and pattern to unify their compositions to create surface enrichment and to create movement and rhythm in their compositions. Notan value designing and composition, basic color theory, transferring techniques and working towards finished compositions will encompass all these principles.

Students will create compositions to show:

• symmetry, contrast, balance, proximity
• to create a focal point or area of interest
• to control spatial relationships
• to create figure ground relationships within the picture plane

Examples of exercises:

Design a logo

Design a greeting card

Create a still life composition using an Old Master’s formula

Design an abstract

Create a static picture

Create a dynamic picture

Create a landscape

Each week we will view work of Western artists and other cultures to discuss their compositional and design techniques as well as:

• traditional uses of media, tools and methods in the works of selected artists
• stylistic qualities in the works of selected artists

Demonstrations, one-on one instruction and handouts will be provided.

Materials:

11 x 14 white drawing pad of paper and/or sketchbook

kneaded eraser

white plastic eraser

Materials can be purchased at Staples Prizm or Michael’s Arts & Craft

Additional Supplies: Student’s choice of any drawing media

 

  Cartooning I & II  All Levels – 4 wks.

Learning to draw basic geometric shapes – sphere, cube, rectangle, and cone, while concentrating on line quality and line weight to create expressiveness will give you the springboard to create your comic world.Form, line, composition, and depicting action will be discussed.Inking techniques, history of cartooning styles and fundamental elements of cartooning will be discussed and handouts will be provided.

Materials to start: 

White drawing paper, HB & 4B pencils, white plastic or Pearl Pink eraser and Kneaded eraser. Pigma Micron Ink Pen  - .03 or .05 and .08

1st week:  Using basic geometric shapes, students will create a cast of characters - figures, 

animals or a fantasy world, while working on concept ideas for their cartoons.

 2nd week:  Students will start drawing panel cartoons and finish by inking in, or start working on a cartooning project of their own.

 3rd Week & 4th week: Students will continue with panel cartoons, create a full page comic, or work on greeting card ideas.

 

Pop- Ups: These are 2 hour sessions to introduce you to art.

Figure Drawing - Learn the basics to draw from a clothed figure model.

Cartooning - Learn the cartooning basics!

 

Sculpty Figure - Create and take home a Sculpty figure! Wire for armatures and sculpty clay provided.