The habit of keeping a sketchbook is an important exercise, whether you are deepening your artistic practice or starting a brand new one. In this series, Sarah Whyte delves into her personal practice, sharing techniques she employs in her own mixed media sketchbook. Best of all, you aren't limited to one medium. Sarah explores ways to incorporate pen, watercolor, collage, brush pens, and more, allowing you to play with techniques that go beyond your comfort zone.
Available as a public access course
This course is a non-credit public access course. Public access non-credit courses are offered at a reduced rate, and you do not need to be a King's student to register.
Sarah grew up drawing for hours at a time. She remembers setting up her stuffed animals on the coffee table and drawing them, hair by hair, for days until they were complete. Later she played with watercolors and landscapes, but never did she have any formal instruction. A couple of friends in college studied art, but she never allowed herself the “frivolous” luxury of joining them. She was convinced that there was no living to be made in the field, and told herself that she could be content as a hobbyist. She WAS content as a hobbyist for a long time, until a few years ago when she took a job in Arizona teaching art in an elementary/middle school. Suddenly she had a studio, and access to materials, and found herself spending hours and days in my classroom over school breaks, painting, and experimenting.
When we moved back to Canada and she was unable to find regular teaching work, she spent a year teaching herself how to use acrylics, and pushing herself with drawing and watercolors. Sarah now knows she was finding her passion that year, and that no matter what else she does, she is an artist. She has an innate need to create and is desperate to pursue that drive. She has very diverse artistic interests, from realism to abstract, watercolor to acrylics and mixed media, doodling to illustration. Trying new things excites and energizes her, and she dreams of doing it all!