Drawing as Daily Practice

Alexis Amann
10 Sessions » Tuesdays, June 3–August 5
6:30–9:30 pm | Studio 14 | $400

Prerequisite: No prior art experience needed; the course is suitable for both beginning and advanced levels

This class will explore drawing as a daily practice, employing it as a way to see, think, and dream. Students will practice both observational and conceptual drawing skills—drawing from life and from imagination. Students will draw a lot in this class and will be expected to keep a sketchbook outside of class, drawing each day from prompts. Drawing will be utilized as a way to record, a way to experience, and a way to invent. Class time will include daily sketchbook exercises, projects, and some group collaboration. Come prepared to make a lot of drawings!

“Alexis unleashed something in my imagination that I had been struggling with. Specifically, she helped me through assignments and many comments to link words with images, something that I had been trying to do in my own work with varying degrees of success previous to this class. I feel she gave me a pretty good road map to keep exploring this technique.” –Narrative Drawing student, 2013

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Alexis Amann's acrylic gouache paintings on paper contain layers of worlds populated by women, monsters, fish, mermaids, rabbits, houses, boats, whales, demons, harpies, and other flora and fauna driven by the forces of love and water, and exist as both large-scale installations and smaller works. She holds an MFA from San Francisco Art Institute, and a BA from Portland State University. Her work has been exhibited in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, the Pacific Northwest, and New York. Alexis was raised on the Oregon Coast and now lives and paints in San Francisco. Baba Yaga is her life coach. 


Alexis Amann
Salal and Water’s Edge, 2013
Gouache on paper
26 x 36 inches
Courtesy of the artist