Art of Mindful Drawing

Guided by Sandra Iskandar, art educator and architect, this course provides pencil drawing instruction with a focus on sketching birds. No previous sketching experience necessary!

This hour-long class is structured in three parts. The first is a series of poses for fast gesture sketching. These are meant to be small thumbnail in size to warm up our hands and get the juices flowing. It is a great skill to develop for anyone interested in trying out nature journaling and can be utilized when out in the field wanting to create fast illustrations accompanied by annotations. The second part is the longer pose with ghosted guidelines superimposed on top to help students with the structure of the composition, proportion and placement of elements. In the third part of the lesson, each student is given the opportunity to show their sketches. Everyone is welcome to provide positive feedback and comment. We don’t rush to complete the drawing but learn to relish being in the moment through this wonderful medium.

Class size is limited to 8-10 participants so that everyone gets the attention they need.

Classes are usually held on the second Saturday of the month. Sign up by emailing