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Drawing and Painting Animals and Birds with Sumi Ink

Course number : NCR 9587   
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A bottle of ink, a bamboo pen, a brush, and paper open up a world of possibilities.  In this class you will learn how to make your drawings with Sumi ink and then, adding ink washes, with a litle watercolor if your wish, to create a variety of beautiful ink wash drawings.  The subjects that you will be drawing during this class include animals and birds.  You will start all of the drawings in pencil until you are comfortable with drawing directly with ink.

Materials List
Watercolor Paper
Pads, Blocks or Sheets (Arches, hot press 140lb, is a really good all round paper,  OR  Fabriano Artistico, hot press, 140lb).
Watercolor Sketchbook  E.g American Journey Journaling Sketchbook 9”x12” (Red Cover available at Cheap Joe’s )
OR Aquabee Super Deluxe Watercolor Sketchbook (available at Cheap Joe’s)
OR Moleskine Watercolor Journal
EITHER -in tubes, I recommend the artists’ grade not the student grade. (You will see the difference in the price)
The basic colors you will need are
Burnt Sienna                  (a reddish orange color)
Raw Sienna                    (a transparent muted gold color)
Cadmium Red                (a red leaning towards orange –warm)
Permanent Rose             (a red that leans towards purple – cooler)
Cadmium Yellow (med)   (a yellow that leans towards orange – warm)
Hansa (Lemon) Yellow    (a yellow that leans towards green – cooler)
Ultramarine Blue            (a blue that leans towards purple – warm)
Prussian or Thalo Blue    (a blue that leans towards green – cooler)
OR a small portable set of watercolor paints
Inks and Pens
Fine bamboo pen (and also medium if you wish), available locally and from Dick Blick  
Liquid Sumi ink (not waterproof) available from Dick Blick and Art Central
2B pencils and Factis or Moo brand eraser
OR Pentel Twist Erase Mechanical Pencil .05 (Staples or Office Max)
Watercolor Brushes
Medium round (#8), or ½” flat (#12) and Small round (#4 or #6)
(Loew Cornell brushes series 7020 work well and are inexpensive
OR Cheap Joe’s American Journey brushes)
OR Watercolor brushes from Art Central

A mixing tray, palette or white plastic or china plate
Small white china dish for mixing ink tones
Water container (clear plastic containers work well for this)
Tissues and/or paper towel
Catalog Sources for Supplies
Local Sources for Supplies
Art Central, Monterey Street, SLO
The Artery in Atascadero

Class Details

5 Sessions
Weekly - Sat


Tricia Reichert 



Please read:  Cal Poly may require a parking permit. See the link for more information: Materials list can be located on our website.



Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s) Instructional Method
4/4/2020 - 5/2/2020 Weekly - Sat 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM San Luis Obispo, TBA  Map Tricia Reichert  Lecture