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Open Air Drawing

6 weeks - Wednesdays

This class is for the student who wants to utilize our varied landscape and urban scenes to expand their drawing experience. Still life is wonderful, but there is a whole world outside full of interesting subjects to explore.

We will discuss relevant ideas such as depth and scale, creating interesting compositions, isolating details for effective drawings, and use of materials in an environment that is less forgiving than the class room. Mostly, we will spend the class time drawing. Some experience is required. For the student new to drawing we offer Drawing Boot Camp sessions which meet at the Center.


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)

Also important to bring for the Open Air Drawing class:

  • a folding chair
  • drawing board, and
  • the student’s favorite drawing tools

Note: Since we often experience wind in Palm Springs,it is suggested that clamps (large binder clips work well) be used to hold paper to the drawing surface. Also, don’t forget to bring a beverage and sun protection. In case of rain we will meet at the designated time at the Center. 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: Wednesdays, starting February 19, 2020 | 9:00 am to Noon (6 weeks)
  • Where: Meeting @ 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