Saturday, October 19, 2019

Donut Central & Fuelpresso

I am always on the hunt for fun places to bring my Crealde School of Art students on our urban sketching outings. We sketched a car show in the parking lot outside Donut Central and Fuelpresso (495 N Semoran Blvd Unit 1, Winter Park, FL 32792) and the owner invited us to sketch inside, so the following week we stopped inside for some donuts and sketching. I ordered some caffeine and a round shaped sugar bomb and got to work as my students sketched. I kept my sketch simple, knowing I would be going to each student to offer suggestion on composition, line value, and color. The sugar rush kept my lines flowing quickly.

Staff and locals seemed to congregate together at the central table and I was quite taken by the giant teddy bear in the corner of the room. Much of the purpose of the course is to get students comfortable with the idea of sketching in public. Venues we go to are friendly and supportive of the arts. This place is a real gem and my students created some stunning sketches. My hope is that they will continue to sketch each day and share their work with the world.

My next Urban Sketching, Tips and Techniques class starts Sunday, October 27, 2019 and runs for 6 consecutive weeks on each Sunday from 9:30an to 12:30pm. The cost is $275 for 6 classes.
We learn to sketch from subject to the environment. Classroom sessions focus on sketching clothed models and progress towards sketching the model and classroom environment. Students learn how to incorporate storytelling into sketches in the location sessions. These trips to local venues will challenge you to use your sketchbook the way a photojournalist uses a camera. The six-week goal is to produce finished sketches using pencil, pen, and watercolor within two hours. See the online course description and sign up if you are interested.
Skill level: Intermediate

Suggested Supplies:
#2 pencil with an eraser.
05 and 08 micron pens.
Stillman and Birn 9 x 12 inch spiral bound sketchbook (Alpha or Epsion series).
Travel sized watercolor pallet (mine is a Windsor Newton with 14 color pans)
Pentel water brush (water goes in the handle)
Black Prismacolor pencil
Compact artist stool

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at

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