CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
Developing drawing techniques and receiving creative encouragement is a personalized journey. I specialize in building and developing drawing activities based on your needs, and assist in your practice and progression through the learning process. The goal is for you to be able to render drawings that are your own unique visual expressions.
My educational offerings present and describe drawing techniques, and demonstrate those techniques clearly enough that aspiring creatives at any level can make it their own. Fifteen years teaching drawing at the college level has shown me that anyone can learn to draw if we break the process down into manageable steps. Throughout this creative process I offer positive feedback on your progress, successful tips for working through stumbling blocks, and methods for using photographs as a point of departure. If you have ever wanted to start a sketchbook or visual journal now is the time!
“I was comfortable learning hand drawing from Stephanie because she brought her humanness to each lesson. When she made a mistake she treated it like no big deal, and that showed me how it was a natural part of learning. It gave me permission to learn without the stumbling block of having to be perfect.” - Christena S.
GET WILD! WILDFLOWER WALK & JOURNALING CLASS
Jim Poling’s popular “Wildflower Walks in Black Mountain” have a new twist in 2019. You now have the opportunity to take your wildflower appreciation a step deeper as I bring my “Nature Journaling” classes to the Red House Studios & Gallery in Black Mountain on the days following Jim’s wildflower walks.
In this drawing class, you will be provided with step-by-step instructions and demonstrations of drawing techniques that will help you observe and document your wildflower finds. Research shows that drawing is the fastest, most effective way to learn because it gives your brain so many different ways to engage with the subject. This fun and informative educational experience will expand your awareness of the natural world and inspire your creativity. All skill levels are welcome and attending the Thursday wildflower walk is not required.
“Stephanie helped me gain confidence in my drawing skills in a fun and supportive environment.” - Rita K.
Wildflower Walk lead by James Poling: Thursday, September 12th, 9:00 - 12:00.
Meet at Lake Tomahawk pool parking lot. Drive to hiking location. Free.
Nature Journaling Class lead by Stephanie Sipp:
Friday, August 16th, 9:00 - 12:00
Friday, September 13th, 9:00 - 12:00
Friday, September 27th, 9:00 - 12:00
Red House - 310 W State St, Black Mountain. Class Fee $35.00 - Supplies $40.00 (If needed).
CALL 904.553.6224 TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT IN THE JOURNALING CLASS.
NATURE TRAIL WALK & JOURNAL DRAWING CLASS
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
8:45 - Blue Ridge Welcome Center, 9:00 - Drive to hike location, 9:45 – 12:00 Hike
12:00 – Drive to Majik Studios, 12:30 – 1:00 Lunch , 1:00 – 3:30 Journaling Class
Bob Gale, local Mountain True Ecologist, will lead a morning guided walk on a Blue Ridge Parkway trail providing insights into the plants, wildflowers, trees.
We will travel to Majik Studio for lunch and an afternoon with Stephanie Sipp creating a nature journal including visual documentation of local leaves, wildflowers and mushrooms. Stephanie’s enthusiasm for learning creates a fun and informative educational experience. All levels welcome to join.
Cost: $125.00 full day with lunch or $40.00 Walk and lunch
Majik Studios, 207 Cox Avenue, Studio #13, Asheville, NC
Register: 828.273.1816 or Online: https://www.majik-studios.com/stephanie-sipp-bob-gale
ONE-ON-ONE DRAWING JOURNEYS
“As someone who had never drawn before, I was surprised when I took classes from Stephanie. I learned hand drawing so easily! Inside a couple of hours I was drawing recognizable leaves and flowers. It inspired me to make drawing a regular part of my life.” - Mary C.
Learn the versatile and invaluable skill of hand drawing in these one-on-one classes. Together we will customize subjects to your areas of interest, and pace the drawing lessons to your comfort zone. If you are a beginner, we start by using graph paper and a pencil to define basic shapes using ‘dot-to-dot’ and ‘guidelines’ techniques. In this way you will learn to render shapes, proper proportions and spatial relationships. As your skills improve, you will combine these elements and begin developing compositions. When you are familiar with those techniques, you will refine your drawings using pen and ink. As your eye and hand skills advance you will start adding color through the use of design markers. The goal of these journeys, no matter what skill level you start with, is to enhance your ability to express your own unique creativity. Conquering the basics of drawing in fun and manageable steps provides you with the foundation to explore all other forms of visual expression. The sketchbook you will have created at the end of your drawing journey will be a personalized document of your creative growth.
CALL 904.553.6224 TO BEGIN YOUR JOURNEY.
DESIGN MARKER RENDERING CLASS
Learn how to use design markers to elaborate on and energize your line drawings! These color marker techniques will allow you to quickly achieve a more in-depth rendering through the addition of pattern and texture - allowing for vibrant representational drawings. You will work from a still life, executing several small finished drawings during the half day session. One of the advantages of using design markers is there is no prep or clean up time involved. This medium is perfectly suited to journal drawing when you are traveling and this class will allow you to create unique travel mementos.
CALL 904.553.6224 TO SET UP A SESSION.
ONLINE DRAWING CLASSES
Thanks to the ease of digital technology, I am able to offer one-on-one drawing and design marker instruction on an international level. The combination of real time video tools for demonstrations and personal feedback on your developing artwork helps you gain new skills in drawing and marker rendering on your personal time frame no matter where you are located.
MORE INFORMATION ON NEW CLASSES COMING SOON!
Looking for adventure? How about something fun and creative? Try an awesome art & social experience with Painting Adventures! Enjoy a guided step-by-step art experience as you eat, drink and start with a blank canvas, complete your very own painting, and create great memories filled with fun, laughter and lots of brushstrokes. You may just discover your inner artist!
You can be an experienced painter, or someone who has never picked up a paintbrush - all skill levels are welcome. These adventures can be customized for special events and occasions and can be designed around the subject matter of your groups choosing. Call me at 904.553.6224 to arrange a Painting Adventure for your special event.
MONTHLY PAINTING ADVENTURE at THE BLACK MOUNTAIN YARN SHOP
Next Session: Friday, To be announce for January 2020
Subject: Sheep, Yarn & Mountains Cost: $65.00
CALL 828.669.7570 TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT IN THE NEXT YARN SHOP PAINTING ADVENTURE.
HAND DRAWING & MARKER RENDERING WORKSHOPS
Two and three day drawing adventures coming in 2020!