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Crossing the Line: Drawing Practices for Creative Aging

April 6, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Drawing is at the core of all art making; drawing is the way we first make our mark in the world. It is expressive, unique and as personal as our signature. It extends both mind and spirit and is an exciting activity that promotes a deep respect for looking and thinking, and expands our understanding of the world and our place in it.

There is never a time when it is too late to draw, learn to draw or have a desire to draw or to make your mark(s)!

This series is facilitated by artist educators Lynda Monick-Isenberg and Shannon Brunette. Each session provides instruction based in a historical perspective, guided teaching and application of drawing techniques and time for personal reflection. Reference books will be available for further study and development. All materials provided. Free and open to the public but participants must register. 15 person limit.

Registration will begin March 15 at 12:30 pm, either by phone (to the Hamline Midway Library at 651-642-0293) or through the Events and Classes tab on their website.  Participants can register for one or for all 4 of the Artful Expressions classes, but space is limited so sign up soon:

Online/phone registration begins for these classes on March 15, 2017 at 12:30 pm.  Our phone is listed on the attached flyer, and links for online registration for each class date are here:

April 6:  Take a Line for a Walk


April 13:  Finding Balance


April 20:  Light!


April 27:  Drawing as Experience



Thursday April 6 – ‘Take a Line for a Walk’

This comment by Bauhaus artist and teacher PaulKlee will focus session. We will practice

seeing through tracing the lines of our surroundings, mapping the space we inhabit. The line drawings will help us discover those things we miss everyday as we pass though our environments making us more aware and present.

Techniques: Contour, Gesture, Lyrical Line

Artists: Paul Klee, David Hockney, Elizabeth Layton, Alice Neal, Picasso +

April 13‘Notan: Finding Balance’

In this session we will address ‘notan’ as a way of finding the shapes and patterns that serve as the foundation of every composition. Notan is a Japanese design concept involving the play and placement of light and dark elements as they are placed next to the other in the composition of art and imagery.

Techniques: Notan, chiaroscuro, thumbnails, viewfinders

Artists: Charles Sheeler, George Seurat, Leonardo Da Vinci, Kathe Kolowitz. +



Thursday April 20 – ‘Light!’

Identifying and naming is seeing. Often we look past what we know, distrust own eyes. As we slow down and look closely we will learn to identify light, highlight, shadow and caste shadow in order to add modeling, form and depth to our drawings and compositions. Straightforward shading techniques will be introduced. Drawings come to life!

Techniques: Modeling in graphite and charcoal

Artists: Albrecht Durer, Leonardo Da Vinci, Janet Fish, Martha Alf +


Thursday April 27 – ‘Drawing as Experience’.
Experiential Drawing is a way to explore and develop our personal drawing practice and inform and inspire the creative process no matter your profession or experience level. This workshop will engage participants in drawing as a way to explore and expand the world around us and to have fun doing it! A non-traditional eye opening experience.

Techniques: Action Drawing, Image transfer and more

Artists: Julie Merehtu, Robert Rauchenberg, and more

These drawing activities are appropriate for any age level but focuses on the Senior or adult who always wanted to draw, loves to draw, or dares to draw.


Images from our Crossing the Line Workshops


April 6, 2017
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Hamline Midway Library
(651) 642-0293


Hamline Midway Library
1558 W Minnehaha Ave
St Paul, MN 55104 United States
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(651) 642-0293
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