Trees- You can DRAW


“Lost Limb” By Tina Steele Penn


Working with graphite is so enjoyable.  It is so dramatic, and moody, and forgivable!  This series of classes on Trees can help you learn a lot of technique and how to “form” a tree. 

You know they say a picture is worth a thousand words.  Well here is where you start!  Simple tricks and techniques help anyone learn to enjoy creating the personalities of their trees, creating  personalities or even whole stories out of simple drawing and erasing!  

Classes are taught for all ages, 4-100.  Easy to manage and copy methods for success, taught on your level, and according to your needs, no matter how “Special”.  I say this because as your instructor I work with handicaps of my own, that I have to learn to work with, and around to achieve my visions.  

So for March get ready for Drawing trees in these classes: 

Little Hands

Family Class

Introduction to Graphite

Check the dates by clicking on our Calendar

Classes Are at convenient times to fit your schedule at the Hobby Lobby in Statesville, and priced to fit your budget! 


See You there!!!

“Just Waiting” by Tina Steele Penn


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Drawing in Graphite



Graphite Classes for All Ages

A successful drawing in Graphite has a mystery, a mood, that is communicated to the viewer.  If the artist has done their job, it is well understood. But it isn’t a hard thing to do, it only requires a few… tips and tricks… of the trade to create breath taking drawings in Graphite.  It isn’t about how well you draw, but how you present the subject, and that is part of what we stress with Graphite lessons.  All our classes teach forms of “Drawing”, but the Graphite class emphasizes methods of working the drawing board to gain maximum impact.


I teach all my classes for – beginners to advanced – so you can begin with the most basic classes or take the more advanced classes. The Basic Class is the “Family Class”  But beginners are also welcome in the Introduction to Graphite class as well!


I teach three  different types of drawing classes:

  “Little Hands”  Children  –  Ages 4-6  for information about these classes click here:  Little Hands 


  “Family classes” – Ages 7-to Adult – These classes are designed for young or new artists, young or old. This class is set up for individuals or a child and parent.  Individual children or adults are welcome to attend, but if an adult wishes to attend with a child, the child’s rate is discounted. (But only with accompanying adult)  For more information click here: Family Class 


   “Introduction to Drawing  , Graphite Tips and Tricks  – Ages 12 to Adult   – For more information click here:  Introduction to Drawing 

This class is about HOW TO DRAW.  How to capture form, and shape.  Gesture Drawing.  Outlining. Sketching.  Creating 3d, from plain white paper.  Teaching you how to see, so you can create the image you want to create.  Using methodology that helps anyone draw any object they want.  Check the Calendar for classes that fit your schedule.  Calendar

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Introduction to Oil Painting Parts 1 and 2

Starting from the very beginning, you will learn all you need to know about how to paint in oil.  Nothing gives the richness of color, the strength of endurance, the vitality of  movement and stroke that the painter finds in oil paints.  Come and learn all you need to know to paint in oil -successfully.

Introduction to Oil Painting Part 1 

-How to mix the paint, Priming the Canvas, Brush usage, Styles and types of Brushes, Brush Strokes,

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Thinners, Driers, Clean up and preserving Brushes.

March 2019 Part 1: Trees

Intro to Oil Painting pt 1 – Trees 3/14/2019 6:00 $23
***Please note date of class and part 1 or 2 at check out***
Calendar   – Register


Part 2 – Beginning Your Painting, Planning the painting, Separating the Canvas, Laying in paint for wet on wet applications, working “Back to Front”, and laying in “Light”.   March 2019 Part 2 – Skies  CalendarRegister

Intro to Oil Painting Pt 2 – Skies 4/4/2019 6:00 $23

This class is for the beginners in painting oil, or beginners in traditional classical oil method.

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From Concept to Canvas – Oil And Acrylic

 Concept to Canvas – Learn how to paint in oils or acrylics like a professional, from your photo or our display. 

How does a professional do it?  What are the tips and tricks? Learn to plan and execute your painting with details you can be proud of.  Learn long term skills you can use for years to come. 

Small in-depth classes geared to individual learning.  The first session is planning your painting and beginning the foundation of your painting.

Dates for the sessions are:

Session 1: Planning your painting – Building the Foundation 

 – The background of the painting establishes the setting, the mood, and total direction of the painting.  —October 1, 2018 6:00 p.m.  at Hobby Lobby in Statesville.

Each session $28.00 or $55.00 for all three. 

Session 2: Good Bones – A Good framework is essential!

Filling in the structure of the painting after we have worked to get it just right.  Now the painting develops and we begin to see our goal, our vision, near completion.  October 14, 2018 6:00 p.m.   at Hobby Lobby in Statesville. 

Each session $28.00 or $55.00 for all three.

Session 3: The Icing on the Cake

This class is all about the finishing touches.  Shadows? Sheen? Shimmer?  Depth, Cohesion? All the things that give you the finished work that says “Perfection!”   Many artists stop at step two and are never happy with their work.  It is only after it is “finished” that it becomes the “Artwork” you conceived in your first concept.  October 29, 2018 6:00 p.m.    at Hobby Lobby in Statesville.

Each session $28.00 or $55.00 for all three.


Materials Needed: 

Sketch Pad 

Drawing Pencils – Nylon Eraser – Ruler or T-Square

Oil/Acrylic Paints

Art Brushes – Nylon or Hard Bristle 


Stretched Canvas or Canvas Board


No Odor Paint thinner

Small Bottle of Olive Oil – Light. 

Small glass jar to clean brushes. 

Paper Towels

*** Please note date of class and session number at checkout***   

One Session $28.00



Sessions 1,2, and 3 $55.99          




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