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How to be an Artist if All You Can Draw is Stick Figures


 with Jennie Bower

short description:
A class for all those who've wondered what it might be like to be an artist. No skill or talent required. Self paced, but recommended at rate of one class for six consecutive weeks.
long description:
This course isn't about how to draw or how to paint. Its about the other things that make an artist an artist. It is geared for two types of people: those that have always wondered what it might be like to be an artist, if only they could draw, and for those that are already artists, but who are stuck in a rut or dry period. Exercises and projects are simple, require only the most basic, inexpensive and available of materials.
E-textbook is provided with class.
level of difficulty:
all welcome
minimum class size:
I am available by email.
fee comments:
includes e-textbook
 session structure





How to be an Artist if All You Can Draw is Stick Figures

live session

A class taking place for one hour each week for five weeks, this event is designed for those that are attracted to the idea of being an artist, but have no idea how to go about it.

6h 0m

Introduction and Being an Artist

review materials

Thinking symbolically and thinking visually are starting points for being an artist. Very simple assigned exercises and visualizations, plus readings in the e-textbook, are the content of this session.


total duration: 6h 0m over 2 session(s)
comments: Approximately one hour is needed for each unit of this six unit course. More time will be needed for participants to carry out the assignedexercises and activities on their own.

discussion forums: 1

languages: English
duration: 6h 0m over 2 session(s)
fee: 20US$  (200lp)
payment: at delivery
delivery method: self-paced

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United States

Jennie Bower

description of :
I earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1978, and began teaching art at the college leve in 1979. Since then, I've taught art in Minnesota, Texas, Central America and New Mexico. I've taught drawing, painting, design, art appreciation and art history. Lately, I'm particularly interested in awakening an artistic consciousness in those that wouldn't ordinarily regard themselves as artists,and helping artists who might be stuck in dry periods to begin fresh with new motivation.
Teacher's qualifications:
Education: MFA, Painting, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California, 1978. BA, Studio Arts, Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1974. Exhibition record includes shows in Minnesota, Chicago, California, Texas, New Mexico and Central America.
's preferred teaching style:
Hands on projects are combined with book learning in my planned class for Limu; students will carry out projects after reading about the underlying concepts of these projects, then report back on their findings and exchange photos of their work if possible. I'm told that I'm supportive, warm and encouraging as a teacher, but not easy. We won't have any grades, but will discuss the outcomes of our projects and do self evaluations of them.

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