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Denman Island, British Columbia, Canada
Jean Cockburn retired from her professional career as an academic librarian in 2008 to become a textile artist living on Denman Island, British Columbia. She draws, quilts, embroiders, knits and crochets, makes wearable art, weaves baskets, dyes fabric, and paints watercolours. Her work has been exhibited locally in juried and group shows on Denman Island, in Courtenay, Comox, and Duncan on Vancouver Island, in West Vancouver, and across Canada with the Surface Design Association.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Drawing course at North Island College begins

Today was the first day of Fine Arts 110, the foundation drawing course for first year students at North Island College in Courtenay. The instructor is Elizabeth Russell.

It looks to be very interesting. We will be working on large pieces of paper, 23 by 35 inches and using a sketchbook of 12 by 14 or bigger. This will be quite a change for me, as I usually work quite small. So will be the use of compressed charcoal for drawing. We tried out the charcoal today - quite a revelation! It is very messy, but fast and dramatic.

The textbook is Drawing Essentials: A Guide to Drawing from Observation by Deborah Rockman. An anecdotal comment from a student in the class indicated the book to cost $170.00 at the college bookstore. I just bought what Amazon told me was the last new copy for $84.00 Canadian with guaranteed delivery this Friday, which is the day that I was going to buy it from the college bookstore. A quick check of Alibris showed used copies all over $100 US, so I think that I made a shrewd move.

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