Visual Art Workshop: Drawing, Knowing, Thinking, Creating

08/18/2018 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM PT


Gutenberg College
1883 University Street
Eugene, OR 97403
United States of America (the)


This day-long class will explore “drawing in the modern mode” through concept and hands-on experience. The workshop will meet in the Puccinelli Gallery art space at Gutenberg College. Students will learn a variety of drawing and mixed media (water-based) approaches to drawing. Through these different approaches students will experiment and explore ways that contemporary drawing can be experienced as “knowing and thinking.”  Space is limited.

Skills Acquired:

In this workshop, students will:

  1. work with pencil (graphite), charcoal, acrylic gesso, paper, other mixed media

  2. learn the aesthetic “logic” of abstract and experimental art making

  3. learn the three basic elements of all art making

  4. see examples of the incredible variety of modern drawing from art history

  5. learn new drawing techniques

  6. learn about “process” in art making

  7. combine mark making, collage, and other media in imaginative and “open” experiments


  1. clothing that can get “dirty” with paint and charcoal

  2. (not required) a notebook for keeping thoughts during the workshop

  3. art pencils, charcoal, gesso, paper and other materials are included in the cost of the workshop

Registration Cost:

  before July 28 July 28-August 18
Single $57 $67
Family $77 $87

Limited scholarships are available.


About the Instructor:

Gutenberg College board member R. Wesley Hurd

Wesley Hurd is the founder of McKenzie Study Center out of which Gutenberg College emerged. He retired as a tutor at Gutenberg College in 2012 but is once again involved as a part-time tutor and member of the Board of Governors for the college. He received a Ph.D. in Education and Social Thought in 1988 and an M.F.A. in visual art from the University of Oregon in 2000. Wes and his wife, Carol, have lived in Eugene, Oregon since 1977. Wes was nominated in 2007 for Portland Art Museum’s Northwest Contemporary Artist Award. His work is currently juried into the Around Oregon exhibition opening in June at The Art Center in Corvallis, Oregon.

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