Monday, March 10, 2014

Derwent Academy Online Classes - a fun (and rewarding!) opportunity!

I don't know if you've had a chance to look at Derwent Academy's website - but it is chock-a-block full of information!

http://www.pencils.co.uk/default.aspxDerwent is a company located in the United Kingdom (Great Britain to exact!).  They make WONDERFUL fine-art pencils including: sketching pencils, sketch-wash pencils, colored pencils, watercolor pencils, Inktense pencils (which are a special kind of watercolor pencil), and a variety of other items.

http://www.derwentacademy.co.uk/I recently found out that Derwent has an online academy - and that they have a rather fabulous offer
for anyone who's interested in learning more about drawing/art skills.  They currently offer a 6-lesson class to anyone who is interested.  If you complete all 6 lessons successfully, they will send you a 18-piece set of their wonderful pencils!  GOTTA LOVE THAT!!

All that is required is that you follow the general directions given (and they usually give you a choice of what or how to draw).  And that you submit a photo or scanned-image of your work to them for review.  The tools/supplies you will need are: drawing pencils, paper (I'm just using a cheap art journal I already had in my cabinet), colored pencils, pastels, and watercolors.

 And before you ask - NO, they are not giving me (or paying me) anything to promote their site - I just think it's a fun way to practice your art (or learn new skills) and get a nifty present for doing so!  Two of my pals and I, are going through the lessons right now!.

Colored Pencil on Black paper
Here's a couple of the things I drew for some of the classes:


Perspective Lesson



Inspired by a lesson on shading



































I've been enjoying it - a good refresher and fun too!   I can't wait to get my pencils (assuming I pass the class!).     :)

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