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People sketches by Che Lopez.

People, Places, and Things

Hone your drawing and painting skills by observing your subject’s shape and line.

Online Workshop with Che Lopez

Observational drawing is drawing what you see. It’s as simple and as complicated as that. It can be a flower, a person, a still life, a landscape, whatever you choose to look at. In this two-day workshop, we will hone our drawing and painting skills by observing our subject’s shape and line, rather the subject itself.

This way, we keep the mind from drawing what it thinks it knows. The observational and thinking skills you’ll learn in this class will keep you busy for years to come.

Day one will focus on proportions, contour, line and stroke weight, and developing your observational skills. On day two, we will practice adding people to the environment and placing them in a scene. All levels are welcome!

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What to expect

This is a two-day live workshop that will take place on Zoom on Saturday and Sunday, January 16th-17th, from 10am-12pm Pacific. During the workshop, you will have a chance to ask the instructor questions and connect with your fellow classmates. After the workshop, we’ll provide you with a recording to review on your own time.

We’ll be in touch the week of the course with instructions for connecting and additional information. Please remember to set a reminder for yourself, and adjust for your timezone. Tickets are non-refundable, but we may be able to transfer your ticket to another student if there is a wait list.

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Get inspired for this workshop by watching my live demos with Che below:

Artist Che Lopez teaching a class.

About Che

Che Lopez is living his dream of being an artist and stay at home papi. He loves expressive, loose, and bold paintings and strives to keep the colors clean and vibrant. Che always paints with color in mind and loves the art of portraiture and figurative work. The majority of his work is inspired by his Chicano heritage, from the bold colors to the imagery he uses.

He is a Signature Member of the Northwest Watercolor Society, Puget Sound Group of Northwest Artists, and the American Watercolor Society.

A graduate of Cornish College of the Arts, he also teaches at the Kirkland Arts Center and Pratt Center of the Arts in Seattle. You can learn more about Che on his website and on Instagram.