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Suhita sketch for Depth and Drama workshop.

Depth and Drama

Exploring Mark-Making in Mixed Media

Online Workshop with Suhita Shirodkar

Join us in exploring the power of mark-making with Suhita Shirodkar. In this workshop, we will focus on bringing depth and drama to your art using simple mixed media tools you already own. We will combine them with pen, ink and watercolor for rich, textured, and lively sketches.

All levels welcome!

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What to expect

Art Toolkit workshops are live events that take place on Zoom. During the workshop, you will have a chance to ask the instructor questions. After the workshop, we’ll provide you with a link to a recording to review on your own time (viewable for at least six months).

We’ll be in touch a week before the workshop with instructions for connecting and additional information. Please remember to adjust for your time zone. Tickets are non-refundable, but we may be able to transfer your ticket to another student if there is a waitlist.

We present our workshops with automated captions. If you wish to request additional accommodations, please let us know in advance.

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Suhita’s Recommended Supplies

  • Paper

    • 2 sheets of copy paper.
    • Mixed media paper or any paper that can handle watercolor and linework, either loose or in a sketchbook.
  • Mark-Making

    Assortment of mark-making (black or dark grey) tools you may already have (bring at least 4-5 of these to the workshop):
    • Pens: can be fountain pen, felt-tipped pen or any other kind of pen including ball point pen.
    • Pencils: graphite pencil, black colored pencil (water-soluble or not), charcoal pencil or any other kind of pencil.
    • Any other tool you want to draw with.
  • Mixed Media

    • A few colored pencils in basic colors. Water-soluble pencils if you have them, or regular colored pencils.
    • Other mixed media that you may have on hand: colored pens, crayons etc.
  • Brushes

    • At least one round brush, no smaller than #6.
  • Other Supplies

    • Pencil and eraser.
    • Paper towel or cloth.
    • Cup for water.
  • Watercolors

    Basic set. You do not need to have the same colors as me. My basic palette contains, but is not limited to, these pigments:
Watercolor artist Suhita Shirodkar sketching the Grand Canyon.

About Suhita

Suhita Shirodkar is an urban sketcher, visual journalist, and educator based in San Jose, California. She teaches sketching workshops worldwide. She is currently a visual journalist as a part of a residency with WIRED magazine and has been the recipient of grants from the Knight Foundation and Belle Foundation.

Suhita’s teaching focuses on urban sketcher and reportage illustration. She draws and shares stories from the world around her. What captivates her varies widely from life on streets to the disappearing, decaying sides of cities. Her work has appeared in various magazines and books and has been in juried shows as well as solo exhibitions. She hopes that teaching and popularizing sketching will help open the doors to many more people to see themselves as artists, makers, deep observers, and recorders of the world around them.

You can see more of Suhita’s work on her website, on Instagram, on Facebook, and in this live demo with Maria.