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Sunday, January 30, 2011

DC Sketchers @ The National Gallery of Art - the perception of spaces & relationships

The DC Sketchers learned about the importance of the compositional format. We tested our measuring and sighting skills by copying masterworks from the From Impressionism to Modernism exhibit. We then gathered at a table in NGA's cafeteria. There we set up a simple still life of styrofoam cups, observing and recording the negative spaces between the cups and bounded by a compositional viewfinder.

The new Spring I session of DC Sketchers is beginning on Saturday, February 12th. We will meet every Saturday from 10am to Noon for 8 classes, ending on April 2nd.

Register for eight sessions for $240 by visiting or calling 202.547.6839. You can also drop-in for $35 per class by contacting Victor (no later than Noon on the Friday before class) at 202.547.6839 or at

See Course Synopsis and Itinerary for the Spring I session at end of this post.


Course Synopsis and Itinerary
DC Sketchers - Spring I Session
Saturdays, 10am to Noon, 2/12 to 4/2

The course is organized to present author Betty Edwards’ thesis that the global skill of drawing is made up of five perceptual skills
1.The perception of edges
2.The perception of spaces
3.The perception of relationships
4.The perception of lights and shadows
5.The perception of the whole, or gestalt

Week One: 2/12 – The Perception of Edges: Blind Contour
Capitol Hill Arts Workshop

Week Two: 2/19 - The Perception of Edges: Modified Contour
U.S. Botanic Garden

Week Three: 2/26 - The Perception of Edges: Gesture
Trapeze School of New York – DC

Week Four: 3/5 - The Perception of Spaces: Negative Spaces/Picture Plane
National Gallery of Art

Week Five: 3/12 - The Perception of Spaces: Negative Spaces/Picture Plane
U.S. Botanic Garden

Week Six: 3/19 - The Perception of Relationships: Perspective
Library of Congress – Jefferson Building

Week Seven: 3/26 – The Perception of Lights and Darks
Capitol Hill Arts Workshop

Week Eight: 4/2 – The Perception of Lights and Darks
National Gallery of Art

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