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Sketchbook Practice: People in Context

Artist-instructor: G Caruso

Format: Online Live (livestreaming with class recordings and instructor feedback).

August 15 – October 10, 2022
– 8x Mondays
– 6-8pm CET Online
(6pm in Berlin, 12pm in New York, 9am in San Francisco, 5pm in London)

Cost: 230 Euros
(includes 19%VAT)


What to Expect:

Learn how to draw the people around you! Sketching is a practical way to draw people where they are, in the myriad contexts they inhabit. Such drawing are not only observations made from your specific perspective, they are also moments in the history of the everyday.

Artists have expressed the stories of the people around them in every era, although the style and approach varies dramatically. We will explore some of these strategies, from Renaissance Europe to Socialist Realism, to see how content and form are intertwined. We will arrive at our own contemporary depictions of human life within our sketchbook practice, through a series of guided drawing exercises. 

Topics Covered:

  • Learn efficient solutions for drawing people from life. Sketch faces, clothing and objects with a fluid and dynamic approach.
  • How to organize the frame to tell a story. We will look at different composition rules, from movies and paintings, to explore narrative framing strategies.
  • Compare visual storytelling styles from social realism to contemporary sketching practices. What has changed? What still resonates? What does this say about our contemporary viewpoint?
  • Turn a sketch into a polished drawing, following a step by step approach that we will practice together.

Sketchbook Practice Workshops Series:

This workshop is part of the year-round workshop series Sketchbook Practice. See scheduled modules for the entire year HERE. Join at the start of any module! Continuing students receive a 10% discount on consecutive modules.

Our Online Workshop Format:

  • Livestreaming classes take place via online video conference (using Zoom). The instructor conducts live demos with step-by-step instruction so that you can work together in real time. You also have the opportunity to ask questions and get feedback during class time.
  • We keep class sizes small and the atmosphere is interactive and supportive.
  • Finish exercises or practice at your own pace, at home, outside of class time.
  • Receive individual feedback on your completed work and exchange comments and questions with the instructor and your fellow workshop participants in an encouraging environment.
  • Find supplemental material and watch the progress of other participants by visiting the workshop Dropbox folder in between classes.
  • Recordings from each week’s livestreaming session are available in case you miss a class or want to review a demo.