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Sketching for Scaredy Cats I, Spring 2020

If you’ve always wanted to learn to draw but were afraid you didn’t have the talent for it, Sketching for Scaredy Cats is for you. Instructor Mary Richmond of Cape Cod Art and Nature has been teaching people of all ages to draw for over 35 years, and she believes anyone and everyone can learn to draw, given a few simple techniques and some practice. Students will learn various traditional techniques and will be able to draw from life with some skill and confidence after the 8-week session. All a student needs for the first class is a willingness to show up and a sense of humor. Materials will be provided for the first class and suggestions for student sketchbooks and pencils will be made at that time.

This class is for real beginners who are nervous about picking up a pencil to make that first line, not for those wanting to brush up on their techniques. (If you took art years ago in college or at an art organization, you are not a scaredy cat. If you own a sketchbook, you are not a scaredy cat. Scaredy Cats 2 or 3 may be better for those who want to brush up on their skills and learn new ones.)

Mary Richmond is a life-long resident of Barnstable with a long history of teaching art classes for all ages. Her special love is working with beginners and encouraging all to find their inner artist. She is also a weekly nature columnist for the Cape Cod Chronicle and Enterprise Newspapers and writes regularly for the Barnstable Patriot. Her ink drawings accompany her writings.

Our classes and workshops are open to students of all abilities and needs. We are currently unable to provide one-on-one instruction, though we will make every attempt to address accommodations for full and successful engagement whenever possible.
If a student requires individual supports, parent/guardian/PCA/teacher/ABA Therapists/etc are welcome to attend.
Please contact Christine Ernst, Director of Education, for more information at