DC Sketchers @ Bartholdi Park – US Botanic Garden

DC Sketchers visited the U.S. Botanic Garden to concentrate our study of contour drawing – reviewing blind contour and trying our hand at modified contour.

We escaped the hot sun under the protection of some trees in Bartholdi Park. We also avoided the 4th of July weekend crowds.

The park is one of DC’s hidden jems, with Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi’s Fountain, now being renovated (See images below).

Take a look at the students’ impressive work. Everyone improved in the sensitivity and confidence of their observation skills.

And take a look at one of the student’s blog entries from last week at the Mount Pleasant Farmers Market.



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Kent Gay
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Kent Gay is teaching a new class at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop called DC Sketchers, which records the places, people and happenings of the DC area. Each Saturday morning the class ventures out to capture the views and interesting details of our area's rich architectural and cultural landscape. Beginners are led through a series of exercises that develop the perceptual skills needed to draw, while intermediate students benefit from a class structure that encourages cooperative learning and exploration. Kent earned a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Minnesota's School of Architecture and a M.A. in Applied Design from the University of Minnesota's Graduate School. He has taught classes in design foundations - Drawing, Two-Dimensional Design, Three-Dimensional Design, and Color. After working as a museum exhibit designer for 15 years, Kent is now working as a Development Assistant and Theater Facilitator at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop and is a regular contributor to Urban Sketchers - DC. http://urbansketchers-dc.blogspot.com/