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Figures and Nature Drawing/Painting

at Evanston Art Center - Evanston

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$250 4 seats left
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Mon, Oct 28, 9:30am - Dec 09, 12:30pm (6 sessions)

Evanston, North Side
1717 Central St
Btwn Broadway & Eastwood Avenues
Evanston, Illinois 60201
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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 10
Teacher: Michelle Kogan

What you'll learn in this figure drawing class:

Using drawing and painting mediums we’ll begin with the figure and add nature elements to your compositions. Bring in images of nature – drawn or photos. Each class will begin with warm up sketches. Instruction will focus on creating strong compositions, anatomy, materials, use of color, and combining the figure with nature.

Please note: This class will have a model each session. 

Supply List

Bring in materials marked with * to the first class

Drawing Materials
  • Paper 18” x 24”
  • Newsprint pad/or bond*
  • Good drawing paper/Charcoal sheets 18”x 24” or larger–as needed: Arches, Fabriano, Strathmore,
  • Sketch book–small portable*
  • 9” x 12” Tracing paper pad
  • Compressed charcoal sticks and charcoal pencils, 4B & 6B (Black & White) *
  • Pencils–3B, 4B & 6B*
  • Conte crayons–white, black & sienna*
  • 1-2 white soft pastels Rembrandt, Sennilier or similar brands
  • Ball point pen & or Marker
  • Black ink, pen points and pen holder
  • Soft pastels–primary colors + earthtones
  • Kneaded eraser*
  • Pencil Sharpener*
  • Drawing board–foam core, masonite*
  • Containers for water and mixing
  • #6 Japanese bamboo brush (or similar size)
Additionally, please select either watercolors, oils or acrylics and refer to the supply list for your selected medium.

Books (optional)
  • Just Good Drawings
  • Drawing A Contemporary Approach by Claudia Betti & Teel Sale
  • Experimental Drawing by Robert Kaupelis
  • An Artist’s Notebook Techniques & materials by Bernard Chaet
    20th Century Drawings Part II: 1940 to the Present by Una E. Johnson
  • Human Anatomy & Figure Drawing by Jack Kramer

Materials are available at the following art stores 

Dick Blick
1755 Maple Ave., Evanston
42 S. State Street, Chicago
1574 N. Kingsbury Street, Chicago

Watercolor (choose either Watercolor, Acrylic, or Oil)

  • Type: Sable, Ox hair, Squirrel and Sable synthetic
  • Flats: 2 Flats 1/2” & 1” Brand: Richesan Professional # 7010-England (or similar quality)
  • *Rounds: 1-3 Small and 2-3 Large. Small #1-5, Large #6, 8, 10 or 12
  • Brands: Isabey Petit Gris & Isabey 6223 Martre Pure, Raphael Martre Kolinsky-France, Winsor & Newton (Series 7); Rigger: Optional
  • Scrubbers: or stiff acrylic brushes, toothbrush, or magic eraser by Mr. Clean
PAINTS/Pencils/Cakes (Begin with tubes and pencils)
  • Watercolor Cakes: (cakes are more opaque-Hold Off) similar brands to paints
  • Watercolor Pencils: Soft, Caran Dache-*Bluish Pale #371 + see below; Derwent: primary, secondary and earthtones (browns and ochres), black and white, or buy as set with similar colors.
Paints in Tubes: (Purchase materials marked with * and add more as desired) buy professional & light-fast
  • Brands: Winsor Newton, Holbein, and Daniel Smith (order online if not available locally)
  • Light-fast Paints Coded– W&N: I, II, A, AA; Holbein: ***, **; Daniel Smith: I, II
  • Sepia, Burnt Umber*, Raw Umber*, Raw Sienna*, Burnt Sienna* Crimson Lake*, Permanent Rose, Rose Doré, Quinacridone red* Sap Green*, Under Sea Green (Daniel Smith), Green Gold (Daniel Smith) Winsor Green (red shade) Winsor Green (Blue Shade)*
  • Cadmium Yellow Light*, Lemon Yellow*, Aureolin, Yellow Ochre. Jaune Brilliant #1
  • French Ultramarine Blue*, Colbalt Blue, Winsor Blue (Green Shade), Winsor Blue (Red Shade), Cerulean Blue*, Winsor Violet (Dioxazine) and other Violets
Additional Colors
  • Cadmium Red Deep, Winsor Red Deep, Cadmium Orange, Paynes Grey, Titanium White,
  • Plastic heavy duty with wells for paint and mixing area, or metal/plastic portable with lid
Paper Select the Pad and one other type of paper below- block or sheets
  • Brands: Fabriano (Artistico, Soft or Coldpress), Arches, Strathmore, Canson, Whatman, Lana
  • *140 lb Coldpress Spiral Bound or Pad Watercolor Tablet 9" x 12" (for exercises)
  • *140 lb Coldpress Watercolor Block (Approx. 9 x 12 inches) OR
    *140 lb or 300 lb Coldpress, and/or Soft (Fabriano Artistico) Watercolor sheets 22" x 30"
Miscellaneous Material
  • Distilled Water-convenient size or let tap water sit for 24 hours, *Natural Sea Sponge
  • *Drafting Tape & or Bullnose clips (for attaching paper to board)
    *Foam core, Gator board, Homasote board-White faced building board 3/8” or thicker
  • *Paper Towels, Tissues, Rags, 2 Containers for water
    Masking fluid- Daler-Rowney, a “Masquepen” (masking fluid in a needle bottle) optional
  • *Sketch Book, Tracing paper, *Kneaded eraser, *Drawing Pencils Staedtler Mars (soft 3B), *Pencil Sharpener
For Plein Air Painting:
  • Easel -Watercolor Painters Package Product #: 20-03 from SunEden Artist’s Gear,
    Stool (for sitting on), Camera (optional)
Art Stores

  • DickBlick 1755 Maple Ave. Evanston, 42 S. State Street, Chicago
  • Daniel Smith www.
  • Cheap Joe's
  • Sun-Eden Artists’ Gear (good plein air easel available)

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Refund Policy
Tuition is refundable for Adult and YFA (Youth Fine Arts) classes, minus a processing fee for each class dropped, only if the EAC Registrar is notified by or on the next working day after the first class has met. Workshop fees (minus a processing fee) are refundable up until one week prior to the program. 

If the Director of IT and Administration is notified at least one week prior to the scheduled start date, a processing fee of $50 is charged for dropping adult classes, YFA classes, or workshops costing $100 or more or a $25 processing fee is charged for dropping programs costing under $100. 

A processing fee equal to 50% of the tuition is charged for adult or YFA classes and camps that are dropped during the period from six days before the first class meets and the next working day after the first class has met (workshop fees are not refundable during this period). Please refer to the chart below. 

Students are responsible for notifying the Art Center Director of IT and Administration that they wish to drop a class or workshop; not attending class does not constitute an official withdrawal from courses or cancellation of tuition or fees. If you must drop a class or workshop after the deadline, no refunds will be given. 

There is no deferred, reduced or pro-rated tuition. Membership is non-refundable. There are no exceptions to the Evanston Art Center refund policy.

Refund Schedule for Dropped Classes or Workshops

Type Dropped 7 or more days before the 1st Session* Dropped between 6 days before the 1st Session & the 1st Working day after the 1st Session Dropped after the 1st Working day after the 1st Session*
Adult & YFA Classes & Camps Tuition refunded minus $50 processing fee** Tuition is refunded minus a processing fee equal to 50% of the Tuition No Refund or Credit
Workshops costing $100 or more Tuition refunded minus $50 processing fee** No Refund or Credit No refund or credit
Workshops under $100 Tuition refunded minus $25 processing fee** No Refund or Credit No Refund or Credit

*The first session is defined as the first day a class or workshop meets (not the first class or workshop attended).  

**To avoid paying the processing fee, students may elect to receive a full tuition credit for classes or workshops dropped seven days or more before the first session. Tuition credit will expire one year from the date the class or workshop is dropped and must be used in full for EAC class and/or workshop tuition. After the credit is redeemed, no further refund options will be available. 

Tuition credits are not redeemable for cash under any circumstances. Credits may be transferred to another individual only with written notice.


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Start Date Time Teacher # Sessions Price
9:30am - 12:30pm Michelle Kogan 6 $250
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Mon, Nov 04 9:30am - 12:30pm Michelle Kogan
Mon, Nov 11 9:30am - 12:30pm Michelle Kogan
Mon, Nov 18 9:30am - 12:30pm Michelle Kogan
Mon, Dec 02 9:30am - 12:30pm Michelle Kogan
Mon, Dec 09 9:30am - 12:30pm Michelle Kogan

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