Back to Basics Drawing Workshop – POSTPONED

With Instructor Michael Henderson


Gualala Arts, Upstairs Classroom

$100 for members; $125 for non members call 707.884.1138 to sign up by June 6

Michael Henderson

“Back to the Basics” Drawing Workshop

Registration is now available online.

This two-day workshop is designed for both intermediate-level artists to revisit and firm up their drawing foundations and for raw beginners to get off on the right foot toward sketching and drawing independence. Through demonstrations, hands-on practicals, and PowerPoint examples, participants with a few basic drawing tools will (re) discover the drawing process, value, line, shapes, light and shadow, negative space, and proportion. Emphasis will be on the reasons behind the basics, the problems of converting a three-dimensional world into a two dimensional medium, the interplay of the organics of graphite and paper texture, and pencil control to achieve highly defined details and effects that enhance the appearance of depth.

The goal is for each participant to add skills and knowledge to their personal resources that will help them not only produce satisfying drawings, but also achieve a greater confidence in their own artistic expression.

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Local artist Michael Henderson, a Mendocino coast resident since 1977, finds artistic expression through a wide range of art media. He began on his own, sketching in his early teens, and 60 years later he is still mostly self-taught. Over the years, with a high school art class and a couple of college art courses, he developed a working relationship with such media as sculpture, ceramics, block printing, and photography. He has painted in acrylics and watercolor and drawn in graphite, charcoal, carbon, Conté crayon, India ink, and colored pencil. In addition to conducting his drawing workshops, he also offers private drawing lessons at his home at Henderson Studios, Point Arena.

“Drawing is more about the artist’s relationship with the subject and mastery of the media used to render it than it is about documenting reality. It is a personal journey into the essence of seeing, and while there may be a drawing to be had at the end of it, the artist is changed in profound ways.”

Registration for this workshop is available online at,

1-800-838-3006, and at Gualala Arts Center

Gualala Arts is at 46501 Old State Highway, Gualala, CA 95445

Information is at and at 707-884-1138.