Dates: Sept 13, 20, 27, Oct 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov 1, 8, 15 (10 sessions) Tuesdays, 4:00PM - 5:30PM Join this class and improve your drawing skills while exploring your creative voice! Youth will practice different drawing techniques and methods using various materials, and learn about the basic principles of art. Learn about line quality, perspective, form and proportion, light and shadow, negative space, and composition as you draw from observation and reference. Participants will have a chance to improve their technical and representational skills through a variety of subjects such as still life, the figure, portraiture, and landscape. We will look at artworks by artists working in this medium, and consider how representation can also be a means of expression. Instructor Bio: Jill McLennan explores and observes the city of Oakland, a city she has chosen to call home. She delves into the industrial history, researching historical photographs and learning the stories of this vibrant city, built on wetlands of the bay. She documents the rapidly changing present while assessing her own place in this chaos. She is a professional painter and teaching artist living in the bay area for 21 years. She organizes community projects with her neighborhood, Jingletown and creates public art that reflects the local history of a place. McLennan draws, paints, prints, makes oil paintings, mixed media built pieces, wax encaustics, and ceramics that explore industry, history, urban nature and our outlook towards a future of human and natural cooperation. ill teaches art in various cultural spaces in the Bay Area including Kala Art Institute, de Young Museum, and Museum of Children’s Art.