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Roz Stendahl

I am a graphic designer, illustrator, and book artist. I've kept visual and written journals my entire life. For over 30 years I have taught visual arts and bookbinding—sharing what is a key tool in my creative life.

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About this course


On January 31, 2016 I begin teaching a new session of my 30-day online class:
Drawing Practice: Drawing Live Subjects in Public.

This is the online adaptation of my  "Drawing Practice" and "Journal Practice" classes. These classes were designed to develop key drawing and visual journaling skills. Now online students can participate!

Click on the registration button on the left if you would like to register for this class.
This is the only session of this class I will be teaching in 2016.

When you register you will be able to watch the welcome video and learn about the class goals and supplies so that you can prepare for class, even though the class hasn't started yet.

Registration will close on January 31 at 11 p.m. CST.

On Monday, February 1, 2016 the first set of drawing lessons will be available to registered students.

What to Expect:

In this class I will introduce you to drawing exercises and approaches that develop the skills necessary to work quickly and accurately while sketching live subjects in public.

Every Monday and Thursday from February 1 through February 29, a new lesson will open.

Each lesson contains video lecture, written discussion, demonstration videos, and homework. 

The daily homework is critical if you are to create a strong foundation on which to build a drawing practice. (Expect to spend a minimum of 30 minutes a day on homework, exclusive of video viewing time. There are also some hour long sketching out sessions you'll need to schedule.)

Approaches to working in public and dealing with your internal critic are another crucial part of the class.

Two live webinars, which provide additional teacher-student interaction time will be held on Saturday, February 13 and Saturday, March 5 at 1 p.m. CDT.  Video tapes of these sessions will be available so that you can revisit them, or watch them if you can’t attend the live event.

The goal for this class is to spend 30 days building a durable drawing-in-public habit!

I will be present in the classroom interacting with students, answering questions, and helping the class build a new vocabulary for discussing their work from February 1 through March 5, 2015.

Students will continue to have access to the course videos and resources, including the discussion groups, for one year, until February 1, 2017.  

This class is great for artists of all abilities: people who are just beginning to sketch, or people who already sketch proficiently, but want to build a regular drawing habit.  It is also helpful for people who find their attempts to begin a daily or regular drawing practice frustrated by their internal critic. 

Class has been designed to get you moving out into the world—to sketch in public. The focus is on sketching live subjects. I have a preference for sketching animals, but all these techniques work with humans equally well.  I will address specific techniques for sketching people. 

If it's winter where you live you can still join in—plan to "sketch out" at  public places like shopping malls, cafes, and city gathering spots where people collect.  The point is to get out and practice. Put in some time now so you'll be ready to sketch on an upcoming trip or family event. It's always the right time to start a drawing practice!

I hope that you decide to take 30 days to get serious about your drawing habit and join me in this class.


You can complete this course with nothing more than a pencil and some bond paper, but if you would like to broaden your experience I have created a small list of supplies.  Please  go to this link on my blog for a downloadable PDF of the supply list.  (Don't worry that the PDF is titled "July 2015" the supplies are still the same.)

If you can do all the assignments with a pencil and bond paper why do I specify the Strathmore 500 Series Mixed Media 7.25 x 9.25 inch journal? This paper is my favorite workhorse paper. It works with ALL the media I use in the class demos, I did the demos on this paper. Also the size of this journal is perfect—not too small, not too large. It will give you some space to breathe and play with line. I've found that most students like to have their class work in one journal. When I teach my in-person drawing classes we bind up our own journals using this paper. So as you can tell. I really like this paper. (And I'm not receiving compensation from Strathmore either.) Feel free to work on other papers and in other sketchbooks. Depending on the paper type you may have mixed results with some assignments, but you'll know immediately where the difficulty lies. Paper suggestions are common in-class comments from me when I see how students are working on their paper.

I am pleased to announce that Wet Paint has put together a supply kit for this classClick here, to go to the supply page Wet Paint has created for my classes.  Once you are on that page simply click on the title of the course you wish to get supplies for. (Don't click on the image even though it says to, that didn't work for me, click on the class title.) 

The kit contains the basic items that I feel will allow you to do all of the class exercises successfully. The additional items listed below the kit can be purchased separately. They weren't included in the kit because I felt most students taking this class would have one or more of those items. You may have similar items already, or you may want to wait on the optional items until you see how they will be used, since you'll always have that pencil handy.

Note: Wet Paint is an independent, locally owned art supply store located in St. Paul, MN. They also sell online  so you can enjoy their friendly, helpful service, wherever you are. I receive no compensation from Wet Paint on any sales. I have asked them to create kits for my classes, when a kit is possible, because it makes it simpler for the student to have only one place to shop.