Sanctuary Arts & Green Foundry is an art school and foundry in Eliot, Maine. The school offers great classes for adults and children. The foundry is a fine art sculpture and teaching facility that is famous for fabricating the Robert Indiana HOPE sculpture for Obama at the Democratic National Convention.
This is where I am teaching a sketchbook class for the winter semester. The main building was a church. Christopher Gowell a well known sculptor, owns and runs the school.
Here is the main entrance to the class rooms and studios . Steven Lee sculpted the head planter near the door.
Here is the large studio where I hold my class. The windows are 2 stories high. There are lots of sculptures in various stages of completion.
Here are my wonderful students hard at work. They are sketching with ink. This class prepares them for sketching and painting while traveling or out and about in the world. It's about how to do art while smack dab in the middle of your life and end up with something nice. The class helps one establish good habits for sketching and painting. Its about learning to see and developing a good critical visual sense.
This is a multi stage exercise using parts of landscapes images to depict form and compose a design. Here the students were using watercolor on ink sketches completed earlier.
We do a lot of 1 min and 3 min timed sketches to draw what captivates us and to prepare for real life sketching out in the world when our subjects are moving and we don't have much time.
Here we are doing an exercise that we would do after coming in from a day of traveling and sketching when we couldn't paint on location. We add color or water to ink or watercolor pencil sketches using our notes and fresh memories of what we sketched that day for reference.
These exercises are fun and require their full attention. And water soluble, move able ink is one of the best things an artist can use for quick, great value sketches. Here is one of those great watercolor pencil sets with 100 + colors. For color notes on location it can't be beat... unless you have the time and a spot where you can to set up and actually use your paints!