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The Artist’s Sketchbook

Sketchbooks have an intimacy and freshness not often found in more finished works of art. This course will help you create a series of sketchbooks that reflect your unique vision and voice and capture the flow of ideas, projects and life. 

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“You can't do sketches enough. Sketch everything and keep your curiosity fresh.”— John Singer Sargent

For centuries, artists have kept sketchbooks to capture the flow of ideas, projects and life. Leonardo da Vinci, Paul Gauguin, Frida Kahlo, Pablo Picasso, Georgia O’Keeffe and many others recorded fleeting images and thoughts in pencil, pen, watercolor, collage and ink. Part journal, part artistic sandbox, sketchbooks have an intimacy and freshness not often found in more finished works of art. Requiring a minimum of time, space and tools, sketchbooks can enhance an artist’s creative process by providing a place to record passing moments and develop budding ideas. This course shares a range of methods, helping you create a series of sketchbooks that reflect your unique vision and voice. The class includes demonstrations, presentations, sketching in class, a sketching field trip and sharing. Students are encouraged to participate in the Brooklyn Art Library Sketchbook Project. No prior drawing experience is necessary for this welcoming course.


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
GSTU1003.S18.1 Ellen Orseck On-campus 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22, 2018
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Instructor: Ellen Orseck

Ellen Orseck, M.A., is a Houston-based artist whose artwork has been exhibited across Houston and Texas, as well as in New York City and Lima, Peru. She has been awarded several commissions from state art councils, corporate collections and private patrons and was a finalist for The Hunting Prize. Ms. Orseck is represented by Nicole Longnecker Gallery in Houston. Her education includes four years at the Glassell School of Art. Ms. Orseck holds a master’s degree in painting from New York University and a master’s degree in museum education from George Washington University.

Term: Spring/Summer 2018

Start Date: March 22, 2018

End Date: May 03, 2018

Schedule: 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Length: Seven Thursdays

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $290 (Fee does not include cost of supplies, approximately $25.)

Rice Alumni: $261

CEUs: 1.75

Note: Limited enrollment. One field trip held off campus. Supply lists will be available two weeks prior to the course start date. For more information, please contact cpcoord@rice.edu.

Participants are responsible for arranging their own transportation for the course field trip.

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