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Basic Studies in Graphite: Understanding Form, Value and Realism

June 1 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm


This workshop is intended to help students understand the key elements of successful drawing.  We’ll explore how to successfully create form through various drawing methods, from working with a photograph to a live subject. We’ll look at the importance of value, and what it means, how to successfully create a value scale and apply it to a subject to make the image pop and wow your viewer.  We’ll incorporate how to achieve realism from simple shading to more complicated applications in glass, metal or textured surfaces.  This is a basic class for artists from beginning to advanced who are looking to gain some skills, keys to successfully working with graphite and creating amazing life-like images.

Students will have real time access to drawing projects and be given the opportunity to ask group or private questions with the instructor, along with sharing your work in class for immediate feedback.

Classes will run every Tuesday from June 1st until the 15th.


A video of the session will be available to participants upon completion of each session.

Materials List

Graphite pencils HB, 2B, 4B, 6B, 8B and 9B from general pencils, white eraser, blending stump, kneaded eraser, pencil sharpener, and a smooth paper pad 9″ x 11″

Instructor: Jeannette Sirois is a full-time, practicing visual artist working with colour pencil and graphite on paper. Sirois has created work for public installations, gallery exhibitions, and private and public collections. She holds a Diploma in Design, a BFA with distinction from Concordia University in Montreal, art teacher certification, and an M.Ed. from UBC. Currently, Sirois is a member of BAC (Botanical Artists of Canada) and works on large scale botanical and portrait drawings.

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June 1
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Cowichan Valley Arts Council
Duncan, British Columbia V9L 2X5 Canada


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Basic Studies in Graphite: Understanding Form, Value and Realism course with Jeannette Sirois
$ 150.00