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What I Look For When I Want To Take Art Workshops


What I Look For When I Pick A Art Workshop To Attend


Learning new skills and getting out of my comfort zone is one way to grow.

I enjoy being around other artists and meeting new people. I love being a student learning again.


What I Look For:


1. Very detailed list of supplies, brands, and sizes of materials needed for class (shows me the instructor may be very organized).

2. Explanation of what to expect each day in class.

3. I look at the art teacher’s website, especially the drawing section.

-The drawing tells a lot about that person’s artistic skills. If the person teaching the workshop’s drawing skills are not great, I will not sign on, even if it’s just a painting class.

-If I like the teachers style of painting and it is what I would like to achieve.

-Sometimes age has to do with picking between several teachers, and which one has the most experience.

4. If I think the price is reasonable.


What Is Better:


5. If there a photos posted from past workshops.

6. Map directions to click on. Suggestions of hotels to stay in that are nearby.

7. The artist has a Facebook page I can look at, and get a feel of that artist’s personality and artistic skills.



      Working in my studio                                               " Sugar " By Debra Snyder Heard



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Debra Snyder Heard

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Take Tons of Photos to Work From



Renaissance Woman by Debra Snyder Heard 



This is a drawing that I did from an earlier Renaissance Festival. This woman’s smile and sweet music was a pleasure to experience.


 After extensive cleaning, cooking, and visiting with family that came to my house for Thanksgiving, I’m ready to get back to the drawing board.

I have started a new drawing from a photo that I took at a recent Renaissance Festival ( will post a photo of the drawing in a later blog).

I take lots (300 to 500) of photos at events, and hope to have 2 or 3 shots that I can use.  I do work from still life, but sometimes I don’t have that choice.


Things that help get good pictures:

1.              Morning or evening light.

2.              Good camera (consider it an investment).

3.              Planned theme or know ahead exactly what in your photos. Examples: dogs, old ladies, trees.

4.              Take lots of pictures of the same subject at different angles.

5.              Don’t forget to take up close pictures too.


Thank you for taking time to read my blog.

Debra Snyder Heard



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Business Side of Art and A Ouiet Weekend Drawing

Marlena Practicing by Debra Snyder Heard

                                   Best Friends by Debra Snyder Heard


My drawing looks rough right now, but as I gradually build up the values it will get better. It takes time and work. I don’t rush my work just to get through, or work on it when I’m tired. I want it to look its best.


Had a nice quiet weekend to myself (rest of family went out of town), so it was just Daisy (my dog) and I. I rarely get time to myself so it was nice. The big t.v. screen did not get turn on at all. Got a lot accomplished.

I did a lot of work done on my art business side. I bought and started reading the book “I’d rather be in the studio” by Alyson B. Stanfield. It is an artist guide book to the business side of art.


It had great guidelines in the chapter on organizing files, and the menus for filing categories for business and tax purposes. I went to Office Depot and did exactly what the chapter suggested.


I’m really thankful that there is the internet and books with so  much information to help me with my art business, and to able to connect with other artists, family, and friends.


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