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Pencils 101, 201, 301 the Series - Elizabeth Johnson

Pencils 101, 201, 301 the Series - Elizabeth Johnson
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Elizabeth is offering two different options for her Pencils series classes 101,201 and 301.  You can purchase the total series or the individual classes. For this particular listing you will be purchasing all three classes of this series for a savings in price by purchasing them together rather than separately.

Any task is better accomplished with a solid foundation. The basic Pencils Series includes 3 workshops, Pencils 101, 201, & 301. They are a succession of lessons designed to help you progress well in your drawing skills from line drawing to shading and even creative perspective. The first few lessons contain specific drawing exercises that may seem odd but are meant to change the way you see the same things that you have been looking at for years. This change of perception can happen quickly but not without intentional exercises. So we have to approach it in an unusual way. These drawing exercises have been proven to be effective in the test of time and with hundreds of my students. I encourage everyone to begin with the Pencils Series. Although you have the freedom to make your own choice, skipping the foundation lessons can lead to frustration if you try to do projects for which you are not ready, resulting in disappointment. Please give yourself the time to get established with some basic skills before jumping into the deeper water. The right-brained lessons really do bring quick progression in your skills and you will be so much more pleased in the long run. One of the wonderful things about the online format is that you can move along at your own pace. Sometimes you will run into a lesson that creates a bit more challenge for you and you need to just stop and sit there for a while. And sometimes life gets in the way and creates a slight detour for a few days. In a group class setting the group must move on whether you are ready for it or not. So, it is nice that here in our internet drawing world you can wait when you need to wait and soar when you are ready to soar.

Here are the links to each class description:
Pencils 101    Pencils 201     Pencils 301

SUPPLIES (for all three classes)


graphite drawing pencils in grades
B, 2B, 4B, & 8B
I use predominately Derwent Graphic pencils. Other quality brands are
Sanford, Cretacolor, Faber-Castell, & Prismacolor Turquoise. I would not
suggest using General’s Kimberly pencils.)


Kneaded Eraser
Paper Mate Tuff Stuff Eraser Stick or Tombo Mono Zero
General’s Factis Oval Eraser
This particular eraser is better than any others I have tried.


Paper Blending Stump
You can get a variety of sizes from very narrow to quite large. I usually use only sizes 1/8”, 3/8”, and 7/16” size with the 7/16” being the one I use
the most often.


Sketch paper
The packaging must say the word sketch rather than drawing. Drawing
paper is a completely different surface than we want now.
Bristol board smooth surface
Must say smooth surface.

There are many brands of papers and many grades of papers. Strathmore, Canson, and Bienfang are reliable brands for the grade you will need for these classes. Cheap papers will not cooperate with your pencil and you will not be pleased with the results.

**After you reach a moderate level of efficiency, I suggest you work out
your drawings on sketch paper then move them to the bristol board for
your finished drawing.

Pencil Sharpener

Any quality pencil sharpener will do. Generally I have not been pleased with
Bulldog brand sharpeners. I’ve always been pleased with the Alvin brand sharpeners that I’ve used.
The Alvin Brass Bullet Sharpener is my favorite for hand held. Refill blades are
also available which is a nice plus.

Soft Brush

You can purchase a soft drafting brush. However, it is not necessary to spend money on this item. A soft fluffy paint brush or make up brush will work just fine.
Just be sure they are clean and soft.

Clear Plastic Sheets

One plastic sheet will cover your drawing to protect from smudges while you draw.

One plastic sheet will be for your 1” graph. You will need to print or draw this graph using the template I have provided in the pdf for you or a permanent fine
point marker. These can also be purchased. However, you will only use this
once in lesson 3.

Graph Paper

You will need 1 sheet of graph paper with 1” squares. I have given you a template that you may print in 8” x 10” size or you may draw it yourself.

View Finders

5” x 7” photo mat

1” view finder. You can make this for yourself by taking a heavy paper and cutting it into a 3” square. Then cut a 1” square hole in the middle. This tool
will be used in lesson 3 only.

Other supplies to consider


A hand held battery operated eraser can be a benefit but is not required.

Pencil Sharpener

Battery or electric sharpeners are nice but not required. They are not good for the softer colored pencils.


Circle and oval templates can be helpful but are not required.
Tiny circle templates are especially helpful for portraits.

Pencil Extenders

These are helpful when a favorite pencil gets uncomfortably short.

(I have found the Derwent pencil extenders to be the best quality and most versatile.)

Sanding Block

This is a handy and inexpensive tool. However, if you prefer, you may simply
cut small strips of sand paper.

Small Tin

A small tin or another container whose lid can be secured. This serves as a
bin for your pencil shavings, saving you chronic trips to the trash basket.

Small Mirror

You will use this to double check your work.

Pencil Case

A case or bag that will protect your pencils in transit.

Bathroom Tissue

HaHaHa!!! Bet you never thought you'd find that on your art supply list. But it
really does work. It must be the very cheap, very thin, very "not soft" kind


After your purchase you will receive a receipt. In this receipt will be a link to a page from which to download your class information. This page contains the class name(s) and a link to download a PDF with the class address, user name and password. This is the only class access information you will receive and the link expires, so please download and save it as soon as you have finished your purchase. If you do not find it in your inbox please check your spam folder and add us to your contact list.

 Please keep this receipt for future reference to any class you have purchased from Creative Workshops. If you need to contact us with a question about a class, this receipt will help us reply to your inquiry in a timely fashion.

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