If you find yourself doodling on napkins or scraps of paper, or have ever dreamed of becoming an accomplished artist, sketching is one of the best ways to start expressing yourself creatively. There are numerous opportunities in the Sacramento area for learning, developing and practicing your drawing abilities.
Elk Grove Adult And Community Education
8401-B Gerber Road
Sacramento, CA 95828
(916) 686-7717

Local artist Dean Lee Williams presents classes on sketching and drawing that are perfect for beginners and artisans who are somewhat more advanced as well. Williams makes it easy and fun to express your artistic side and the Beginning Drawing course culminates in your creation of a realistic sketch of a photograph you bring from home. Intermediate Drawing-Sketching allows you to enhance your sight drawing technique.

Capital Art Works
1215 21st St., Suite B
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 207-3787

Capital includes a gallery that displays drawings, paintings and sculptures done by local artists from the Sacramento region, as well as instruction and practice sessions for those wishing to create their own art pieces. Painting and sculpture classes are available, but there is also a strong focus on drawing. It has a warm, comfortable environment for everyone from beginners to accomplished artists, and many drop-in opportunities for figure drawing. Artist, architect and studio founder Debbie Gualco leads classes that include Drawing and Painting Portraits from a Live Model.

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Patris Studio And Art Gallery
3460 2nd Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95817
(916) 397-8958

Patris offers courses including an ongoing Painting and Drawing Class with talented California artist Scott Martin. Six-week courses are also available, such as Salvatore Victor’s class on figure drawing. The studio is not just for adults; a drawing class for kids ages nine to 12 is also available.

The School Of Light & Color
10030 Fair Oaks Blvd.
Fair Oaks, CA 95628
(916) 966-7517

Professional artists offer in-depth classes and workshops on drawing, watercolors and painting, no matter how new or experienced you are to the topic. The course Drawing, The Foundation of Art lets students learn and refine their sketching techniques, using pencils, charcoal, ink and markers.

Crocker Art Museum
216 O St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 808-7000

The museum is not just about viewing the work of accomplished artists; it is also a place for people to learn how to create art of their own. Different classes and workshops are available at different times of year, and may include the four sessions of Art History + Lab: Portraiture. This is a great opportunity learn how renowned European portraits were created and to practice drawing portraits yourself. Another course that has been offered is Charcoal Drawing Basics Applied to Contemporary Art, allowing participants to explore techniques when developing their personal drawing styles.

Learning Exchange
1111 Howe Ave., Suite 115
Sacramento, CA 95825
(916) 929-9200

Learning Exchange offers short workshops throughout the year for budding sketch artists. The most basic introduction class, Drawing for the Absolute Beginner, includes valuable information on drawing styles, paper types, rendering techniques, layout, lighting and space. Beyond that, there is a Beginning Drawing Series of three workshops that use your choice of mediums from charcoal, chalk or pencil. Learn about how to compose a drawing and use shapes, depth and patterns when sketching objects. Additional classes may include Floral & Botanical Drawing and a fun, easy workshop on Zentangle, a creative technique using lines and patterns to create fascinating compositions.

Cosumnes River College
8401 Center Parkway
Sacramento, CA 95823
(916) 691-7344

Cosumnes offers several full-term drawing courses that start throughout the year. Elementary Drawing and Composition, Art 300, is a beginner’s course covering the fundamentals of sketching and drawing. Students learn about the various mediums and techniques for drawing, with a focus on the use of perspective, shape, line and composition. More advanced courses are also available, including Elementary Drawing and Composition and Figure Drawing and Composition.

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