Pen and Ink Drawing Class with Eric Ray

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Walnut Street - Eric Ray

Studio 55 Fine Arts Guild will be hosting a pen and ink drawing class with Eric Ray, artist, illustrator and designer on September 19th, 9:30-3:30 at the National Avenue Christian Church Gallery, 1515 South National Ave. Springfield. To register call Steve McGuire, 882-8673. Cost for the class for guild members is $35 and non-members $45.

Class description: “From the old masters to modern illustrators, pen and ink is a bold and versatile medium. We will touch on the traditional ink drawing tools, but most of the class will cover the use of the disposable technical pens now available. We will check out the basic line drawing techniques. We will also explore the ‘why and when’ of mixing pen drawing styles to achieve the creative results you desire. Students are encouraged to bring a subject/photo that they would like to draw during the workshop.”

Mr. Ray started doing pen and ink artwork decades ago as a freelance Illustrator in Southern California. He has a great passion for creating art. "I choose to work in Pen and Ink because it is not a simple media to master and is also relatively uncommon. I strive to develop art with a feel for the subject matter and the story I wish to tell. The search for the beauty in the complexity of form, pattern and texture is important. I enjoy creating visual shortcuts, innuendo and suggestion balanced against insanely detailed rendering in my pen work."

Studio 55 is a member of the Springfield Regional Arts Council and was organized in 1996. It is composed of adults 18 and over of all media and various levels of expertise and those that support the arts. We are dedicated to support, educate and develop artists and promote visual arts in Springfield and the surrounding communities. Our monthly programs (2nd Wednesday of the month at 1:00 pm) and are free and open to the public. They are held in The Gallery at National Avenue Christian Church. See us on line at or on Facebook: Studio 55 Fine Arts Guild.

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