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Drawing: En Plein Air in SF Botanical Gardens  

Tana Quincy Arcega In this class, students will work with pen and ink wash creating on site drawings at the SF Botanical Gardens. Basic instruction on sighting, composition, and media techniques will equip you to seek out your own variations on the themes of landscape and flora. Each week will begin with demonstration of techniques and media. One on one feedback will be given as students venture out into the gardens to create their own plein air drawings. Location Note: Admission to the gardens is free for San Francisco residents; but you must bring ID or proof of residency. Non- resident entry fee is $6.00 for Seniors, $8.00 for other adults Meeting location and other details will be provided to those enrolled. Materials needed (brands are recommended, not required): Carson Wirebound mix media pad 9” x 12”approximately 140 lb - $5 bamboo sketching pen medium - $4 Daniel Smith Walnut Ink 2 oz - $8 White plastic tray 6-well palette - $0.50 Princeton summit white synthetic brushes set of 4 - $13 bottle of water Pencil with eraser (nothing fancy required here) cotton/T-shirt rags or paper towels Other useful recommended items- portable folding stool, sun hat (Water colors optional) About Materials: If you are unable to acquire these for some reason, please email to to see what arrangements may be available. (Arrangements may include a fee of up to $30 may be required to be paid to the teacher on the first day of class.) Week 1. Basic instructional exercises on pen and ink media and plein air techniques Week 2. Macro views—exploring landscape Week 3. Micro views— exploring detail and texture Week 4. Composition--- emphasis, direction, balance, and rhythm Week 5. Content-- exploring theme Tana Quincy received an MFA from the New York Academy of Art where she studied under renowned painters such as Steven Assael, Wade Schuman, and John Jacobsmeyer. [taught at SF State?] She has shown her work in solo shows throughout the Midwest and has participated in group shows from New York to San Francisco. Tana's love for mark-making, materials and the painter's vernacular stems from her background in representational painting and drawing. In 2007. Her work re-examines the use of utilitarian materials from the vantage point of a painter. Her paintings explore the dialogue between substrate and surface.


  • Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at San Francisco State University
    835 Market Street, Sixth Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103
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