Contour Drawing & Watercolor from Nature

Contour Drawing & Watercolor from Nature

with Aleta Jacobson on ZOOM

Held on 4 consecutive Mondays from 10 am - 12 noon (PDT)

July 26, August 2, August 9 and August 16, 2021

$90 total for all 4 sessions

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Contour drawing is the first way to learn how to draw. If you don’t think you can draw or think you don’t draw very well, this class will help you improve your skills. You will learn how the basic drawing of an object can be quickly and intuitively drawn with specific attention placed on contour lines. Add watercolor to create beautiful, colorful works of art.

You will also learn how to make your own watercolor journal in two different sizes to carry with you to draw and watercolor on-site, whenever the inspiration hits.

What you'll need:

Watercolor Journal


- 90lb (185g) watercolor paper 9x12

- Awl

- Self-healing mat or cardboard, or wooden block

- Large needle (for tapestry)

- Baker’s twine or similar twine

- Bone folder (or handle of scissors)

- Four 1” binder clips

- Ruler

- Pencil & eraser

- Cutter or blade to cut paper

Contour Drawing


- Watercolor paper or your watercolor journal (90lb or 140lb cut to 5x7)

- Permanent black marker like Micron 02 pen (fine tip)

- 2B pencil

- Eraser

- Apple, lemon, small box or book, cup

- Additionally, something from your garden: leaf, small branch, piece of succulent, flower, handout with samples

- Watercolors (simple 8-color set is fine)

- Round brushes: recommended sizes, #2, #4, #6

- 2 water buckets

- Paper towels or rag

Aleta Jacobson is an award-winning collage, acrylic and mixed media artist living and working in Southern California. Aleta’s love for artistic expression developed at an early age. The child of a highly creative family, Aleta’s earliest tools were crayons and her brother’s art books. As a student, Aleta leaned more toward artistic pursuits, often skipping other classes to hang out in her art teacher’s room and do art.

Aleta studied art at Riverside City College, Citrus Community College, and California Polytechnic University at Pomona. Before college, she studied art in Europe for two months. She began creating commissioned art in the 1970s for friends and loved ones. In addition, she has studied under artists such as Skip Lawrence, Christopher Schinks, Sylvia Megerdichian, Gerald Bromxmer, Robert Burridge, and Chris Cozen. Aleta is now a working artist, teacher, and designer who specializes in creating powerful collage, mixed media, and acrylic paintings using a variety of tools and materials, including art tissues that she stains by hand. In addition, Aleta creates and sells beautiful jewelry with found objects, beads, crystals, and handmade metal pieces. In her art, Aleta aims to find the beauty and creativity in everyday ephemera, incorporating found objects and cast-off bits of material in her work. She enjoys using these materials to emphasize the beauty in the everyday.

Aleta is inspired by life events, current events, and nature and the environment. While her work is predominantly abstract in nature, she still seeks to allow the viewer’s imagination to find familiar images and themes. She creates her work using the same basic design principles and structure that artists have traditionally used. Each piece typically evolves from a thought, a vision, a memory, a photograph or a scrap that moves her. She counts many of the great 20th Century Collage and Mixed Media artists -- such as Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Robert Motherwell, Nathan Oliveira, Richard Diebenkorn, Kurt Schwitters, and Raymond Saunders -- as influential and inspirational to her work.

Aleta demonstrates throughout Southern California, teaches art lessons and group classes, and facilitates open studio time for art students of all ages. While Aleta is passionate about teaching art at any age, she finds particular satisfaction in teaching children the fundamentals of art, for their unbridled creativity and eagerness to learn.


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