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“Sketchy” 2-Day Workshop with Betsy Payne Cook, PPSCC, CPS

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Cape Cod Museum of Art
60 Hope Lane
Dennis, Massachusetts
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The Museum School at the Cape Cod Museum of Art presents:
“Sketchy” 2-Day Workshop with Betsy Payne Cook, PPSCC, CPS
Thursday, March 7, and Friday, March 8, from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Non-Members $125 / Members $110

Join Betsy Payne Cook for a two-day sketching workshop on Thursday, March 7, and Friday, March 8, from 10:00-1:00 pm each day. Demos and lessons will provide you with sketching techniques that will easily keep your sketchbook full of ideas. Carry over into the studio or when painting en plein air and these sketching techniques can become part of your routine when you prep for painting. Tips will be provided on ways to use your sketchbook as a visual journal.

This workshop will include demos and lessons for two different approaches to sketching, along with identifying the essential value shapes, limiting details, and a guide for perspective.
1. Sketching on grey-toned paper with black and white drawing tools to capture value shapes while you sketch. I will be using black and white Sharpie china markers, a waxy drawing tool. Alternatives in the supplies list.
2. Linear sketching techniques to create compelling sketches. We will be using pens, markers, and/or pencils.
You can work from your own photos; Betsy will have some for you to use as a resource too. We will also plan to do some live drawing in the Museum.

Hints for collecting photos
1. Choose photos that have an obvious light source- natural and interior lights that create some level of shadows/shade.
2. Notice the arrangement of objects, overlapping, and size differentiation.
3. Look for variation in patterns.

* As for sketchbooks, bring whatever size you prefer. I use 9 x 12 in the studio. I use 5.5 x 8.5 in the field or for live drawing. I will also bring some of my Handbook hard-bound sketchbooks, great for impromptu sketching when you are out and about!

– Photographs- bring a good variety, might want to bring reference photos you used for a painting or a work in progress!
– Sketchbook*- Grey-toned paper – Strathmore or another brand
– Sketchbook* – white or light-toned paper
– Soft lead pencils – a few B pencils i.e. 2 B – 8B
– Kneaded eraser
– Black and White Sharpie china wax marker – Betsy will have some for sale. You cannot erase china wax markers so if you prefer bring B & W pastel or charcoal pencils or B & W coloring pencils
– Black markers, both thick chisel tip & fine tip.
– Fine to medium tip pens, Betsy will be using Micron pens in various size tips
– Masking tape
– Optional: Feel free to bring any medium for adding color, pencils, markers, watercolor, pastels- make sure it is compatible with your sketch paper.
– Please contact Betsy with any questions betsy@betsypaynecook.com

This workshop is offered in conjunction with Sketchy, on exhibit through March 17, 2024.

Betsy Payne Cook paints exclusively with pastels, and is honored to be elected as a Juried Associate Member of the Pastel Society of America and to have achieved signature membership status in the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod and the Connecticut Pastel Society. Betsy is also acknowledged as a Juried Master Artist at the Cape Cod Art Association. Betsy’s paintings depict her impressions of the landscape and its abundance of colors. She paints both en plein air and in her studio; and conveys her love of the outdoors in each painting. Betsy publishes a newsletter and a blog both titled “Painting In and Out”, sharing her thoughts on her life as an artist.

Betsy’s work can be viewed at various northeast and local venues for juried and members show. Selection of her work can be found at Woodruff’s Art Gallery in Mashpee Commons. She was thrilled to be featured in the 2022 Cape Cod Life Magazine summer art edition.

Betsy attended the College of Saint Rose in her hometown of Albany, New York; earning a Bachelor of Science in Art Education and a Masters of Science in Special Education. She taught both art and special education in the tri-city area for several years before moving to Great Britain. Betsy enjoyed the nine years she lived in a small village in Wales; and is fortunate to be able to return to travel and visit her friends and family. Cape Cod was always a family favorite for vacations and she made it her home in 1994.

The Cape Cod Museum of Art is committed to making Art accessible to everyone in the Cape Cod Community. The Museum School Scholarship Fund provides tuition assistance to qualified, year-round Cape Cod residents ages 6 and up. Go to ccmoa.org/classes to apply.

Cancellation policy: CCMoA must be notified 1 week prior for refund.


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