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Evanston, North Side
1717 Central St
Btwn Broadway & Eastwood Avenues
Evanston, Illinois 60201
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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 10
Teacher: Nina Weiss

What you'll learn in this sketch class:

Learn how to maximize your time as you sketch and draw the landscapes during your travels. Emphasis includes how to extract your vision from the landscape using elements of composition; how to render basic forms of the landscape and incorporate line, gesture, and value; and how to add color. Using water-based pens and colored pencils, you will begin your own travel sketchbooks using inspirational travel photos. Water-soluble sketch pens will be available for purchase from the instructor.

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  • A sketchbook with good drawing/watercolor paper; cold press; no bigger than 8” X 10. I like a HORIZONTAL oriented pad with a side spiral, approximately 6” X 9”.
  • Waterbased (aquarelle) pencils. Prismacolor is preferred (the leads are softer & are more fully pigmented); Derwent or Berol are also fine. Please bring a set of at least 24 or bigger. I recommend the biggest set you feel comfortable purchasing! Try to avoid student –grade pencils; they lack pigment/coverage (Reeves; Crayola; Prismacolor Scholar series are examples).
  • There is also a colored pencil on the market called “Inktense” by Derwent, they come in a set of 12; you can SUPPLEMENT with these; they are OPTIONAL.
  • Colored Pencils; Prismacolor Premier preferred; larger sets recommended.
  • Small soft nylon bristle brushes, a flat and a round.
  • Non-permanent black ink pens. My favorite is a brand by Staedler called LUMOCOLOR. These pens will be available for you to purchase from the instructor. They will be packaged in sets of three: M, F, S.
  • A GENERAL sketchbook for use with GRAPHITE PENCILS
  • Graphite pencils for sketching, softer leads 3b, 4b, 5b
  • Erasers
  • Your photos of past travels that include landscape
  • Cardboard to mount the photos, white artists tape
  • White paper we can tear or cut into strips for mounting the photos
  • Small container for water
Weather permitting, we will be drawing outside for a portion of the class. Please bring whatever you need to make yourself comfortable. That could include a small chair or stool, sunhat, small table, clothing in layers, a water bottle. An easel is not necessary.

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Refund Policy
Tuition is refundable for Adult and YFA (Youth Fine Arts) classes, minus a processing fee for each class dropped, only if the EAC Registrar is notified by or on the next working day after the first class has met. Workshop fees (minus a processing fee) are refundable up until one week prior to the program. 

If the Director of IT and Administration is notified at least one week prior to the scheduled start date, a processing fee of $50 is charged for dropping adult classes, YFA classes, or workshops costing $100 or more or a $25 processing fee is charged for dropping programs costing under $100. 

A processing fee equal to 50% of the tuition is charged for adult or YFA classes and camps that are dropped during the period from six days before the first class meets and the next working day after the first class has met (workshop fees are not refundable during this period). Please refer to the chart below. 

Students are responsible for notifying the Art Center Director of IT and Administration that they wish to drop a class or workshop; not attending class does not constitute an official withdrawal from courses or cancellation of tuition or fees. If you must drop a class or workshop after the deadline, no refunds will be given. 

There is no deferred, reduced or pro-rated tuition. Membership is non-refundable. There are no exceptions to the Evanston Art Center refund policy.

Refund Schedule for Dropped Classes or Workshops

Type Dropped 7 or more days before the 1st Session* Dropped between 6 days before the 1st Session & the 1st Working day after the 1st Session Dropped after the 1st Working day after the 1st Session*
Adult & YFA Classes & Camps Tuition refunded minus $50 processing fee** Tuition is refunded minus a processing fee equal to 50% of the Tuition No Refund or Credit
Workshops costing $100 or more Tuition refunded minus $50 processing fee** No Refund or Credit No refund or credit
Workshops under $100 Tuition refunded minus $25 processing fee** No Refund or Credit No Refund or Credit

*The first session is defined as the first day a class or workshop meets (not the first class or workshop attended).  

**To avoid paying the processing fee, students may elect to receive a full tuition credit for classes or workshops dropped seven days or more before the first session. Tuition credit will expire one year from the date the class or workshop is dropped and must be used in full for EAC class and/or workshop tuition. After the credit is redeemed, no further refund options will be available. 

Tuition credits are not redeemable for cash under any circumstances. Credits may be transferred to another individual only with written notice.


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