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Drawing Boot Camp II: Advance Basics

6 Weeks - 12 Sessions (Tuesdays & Thursdays)

The Boot Camp II: Advanced Basics class is designed as the second in the Back To Basics series. While it picks up where the first set of classes left off, completion of those classes is not necessary for attendance.

The focus once again will be drawing techniques based on observation. In these sessions we will continue to develop skills in drawing still life subjects, this time advancing into new media, including colored pencils and conte’ sticks. Students will continue to develop their own personal styles while incorporating color into their work. We will also begin to explore abstraction, landscape, and more conceptual ideas in drawing. The completion of this class will allow for artistic development in the basic ideas and skills of drawing and begin to explore more advanced areas.


About the instructor...

Mike McLain earned his BFA, with specializations in drawing and sculpture, from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2008. In 2010 he received an MFA in studio art from Claremont Graduate University. His work has been shown in and around Los Angeles as well as in Illinois, Palm Springs, Joshua Tree, and Las Vegas. He has also curated shows in Los Angeles, Pomona, Joshua Tree, and at the Coachella Valley Art Center in Indio. Mr. McLain currently serves on the board of the Palm Springs Art Museum Artist Council. He is spending the summer as a resident artist at Shoebox Projects in Los Angeles, where he will present a solo show in August.


What you need?

Materials List:

  • Selection of drawing pencils, including B, 2B, H, 2H
  • 2 charcoal pencils
  • pencil sharpener
  • kneaded eraser
  • standard eraser
  • blending stump
  • vine charcoal
  • view finder
  • sketch book, minimum 11”x14”
  • newsprint, minimum 11”x 14” (for use in warm up drawings)

Note: Suggested but not required items can also include larger sketchbook, graphite sticks, soft pastels. Some materials may be added as class progresses if students express an interest in exploring other drawing media.

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Additional Info

  • When: Tuesdays & Thursdays, starting February 18, 2020 | 10:00 am to Noon (6 weeks - 12 Sessions)
  • Where: The Center @ 1301 N palm Canyon Dr, 3rd. Floor. Palm Springs, CA
  • Cost: $100 for Members of The Center | $125 for Non-Members
  • Contact: Please call 760-416-7790 - Space is limited | Registration required
  • The LGBT Community Center of The Desert

    The McDonald/Wright Building

    1301 North Palm Canyon Dr, 3rd Floor
    Palm Springs, CA 92262

    760.416.7790 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Open Monday - Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm

    The Center is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) public charity
    EIN # 33-0937301

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