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Workshop Title
Birch Trees and Downy Woodpecker
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Coloured Pencil
Subject / Focus
Birch Trees and Woodpecker
Class Description
Learn how to create a soft background, a beautiful birch tree with peeling textured bark, rich dark branches with leaves, and the amazing Downy Pecker with his bright red cap.
About the Artist
Sandra Derry is a self taught artist and has learned the art of watercolouring, coloured pencil, pastel and graphite through reading books, watching videos, and lots of hours practicing the techniques she has acquired.

She strives to produce realism in her paintings and drawings.

Inspired by her parents, who are both artists, she has painted since an early age.

She started drawing professionally in 1990, selling pastel portraits of children. It was during that time she discovered watercolours. She fell in love with the medium and was able to achieve the vibrant colours and details she longed to paint. Recently she has fallen in love again, this time with the coloured pencil.

Sandra has taught since 2004 doing workshops and gives weekly lessons. She has also written several digital books on how to watercolour.
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Supplies Students Should Bring:

Paint / art media
Coloured Pencils (Suggested colours below for Prismacolour / bring whatever brand you have)

Prismacolour Coloured Pencils List:
- Warm Grey 10%, 20%, 30%, 50%, 70%,90%
- Black
- Light Umber
- Dark Umber
- Dark Brown
- Golden Rod
- Blue Slate
- Tuscan Red
- Light Green
- Canary Yellow
- Indigo Blue
- Dark Green
- Olive Green
- Lime peel Green
- Yellow Chartreuse
- Chocolate Brown
- Burnt Ochre
- Scarlet Lake
- White
- *Colourless Blender Pencil
Art Surface / Support
- Robert Bateman Artist Quality Sketchbook 110 lb acid free
- or Strathmore Bristol Vellum 100 lb
Supplies and Tools
- Erasing Shield (small silver one from
- 2 inch soft brush to burnish and
brush away chips of colour
- Battery operated Sharpener
- Small Xacto knife/scalpel
- Transparent tape (Scotch brand is
- Kneadable Eraser
Reference materials
- Provided by Instuctor

Materials Instructor Will Bring:

Materials the instructor will provide
- Line drawing and reference photos

Workshop Outline: Complete: All-4 Class Series, 1 only-Single Session, 1 & 2 - Saturday OR Full Day

Session 1
Week 1:
- Line drawing, creating a soft multi-coloured background.
Session 2
Week 2:
- Creating rich dark colours for the branches and how to create their unique patterns.
Session 3
Week 3:
- Birch tree with all of the textures and peeling bark.
Session 4
Week 4:
- Green leaves and a lovely little woodpecker.

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