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About this Workshop


In this Workshop, Learners will examine a variety of artworks and identify how the artist makes use of the elements of art (line, shape, form, color, space, texture, and value) to create their composition.  Learners will create a series of drawings as they explore each of these elements.

This Workshop relies heavily on the Learners’ desire to sit with art, as if in a museum gallery. When we sit with art and observe, we can look closely at how line leads the viewer through the composition or how value creates form. We will come to understand how the artist uses the elements of art through this close observation. 

The ultimate goal of this Workshop is to cultivate the ability to observe, read, and appreciate works of art. Additionally, it is my intention that each Learner leave this workshop knowing something new or striking about any of the works of art discussed. Lastly, in the same way that the Learner will observe art in this Workshop, they are encouraged to observe, dissect, and question images and media in everyday life.  

Please note: The Workshop is recommended to ages 12+ and is open to all drawing levels.

What You'll Need

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Exploring the Elements of Art GLOkit

This GLOkit contains a 9x12 sketchbook, one 4B and one 2H pencil, and an artist's eraser.

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Additional Supplies

Learners will also need:

  • Three or four of their favorite items that they would like to use to draw from observation.  Some suggested items are toys, plants or books. 
  • Colored pencils
  • A ruler
  • A few Q-tips



Technical Requirements

You will need a device (computer or tablet) that is equipped with a camera, microphone, and speakers. For more information, please check out our Technical Requirements page.

Meet the Instructor

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Rose CamaraView Profile

Hello!  My name is Rose and I was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  I love living in Milwaukee because I can walk out of my apartment and sit right next to Lake Michigan.  I have a background in the visual arts, in both studio art and art history.  My educational background is in Art History - particularly Early Modern Italian/Venetian painting (roughly 1350-1650) and the image of Africans/people of African descent in these compositions.  In my art making I particularly love drawing, and I love finishing my drawings in ink.  I also love to make mixed-media drawings.  For these I'll use pencils, ink, gauche, colored pencils, pastels, charcoal, watercolor (and really any material I can my hands on) because these are the most experimental and playful!

My earliest memories of drawing and making art were when I was very young, maybe my early years of elementary school.  After school I would watch tv shows and I would sit and try to draw the characters for the duration of each episode.  I credit these early memories as the beginnings of my passion for art and making.

Today, I continue to draw every chance I get: on napkins in a cafe, scrap paper at work, in my sketchbook when on the go, or a large piece of Bristol paper in my apartment. Sometimes I doodle, sometimes I spend hours with a mixture of different materials to create something that is more "finished." Drawing and making my art is a means of staying playful and lighthearted.  I make art for me and to get my thoughts on paper. 

I want to teach drawing and the elements of art because I think a lot of people find (especially if they have no experience) that art is intimidating to learn about and to make.  I am hoping that the Learners will leave my Workshop feeling good about filling a sketchbook no matter their skill level in drawing.  I want Learners to feel relaxed when they create something or while they are observing their surroundings.  And when they pick up their materials and draw in their sketchbooks, or anywhere else for that matter, I am hoping they do so with a sense of playfulness in mind.  Their art is for them before it is for anyone else, therefore Learners should feel free to express themselves as they please. 

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Exploring the Elements of Art