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Drawing Mob at Cabrillo Music Festival!

As the saying goes, “Build it, and they will come.” And so, they came to draw from places such as San Francisco, Tulsa, and Tokyo. All weekend long we had a steady flow of adults and kids visit the Scribbles Institute tent at the Church Street Fair, part of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music on August 4th and 5th. (Click on images to view larger.)

Beginner and expert sketchers, both young and old, were eager to use different drawing materials to express themselves and to participate in our free lessons. The nearby outdoor stage provided a variety of wonderful ethnic music to inspire creativity.


Little hands, big pencils, future drawers of the world!

Okay, everyone! Show us what you’ve got! Smiling faces filled our little drawing tent.

Highlights from our fun weekend of drawing in Santa Cruz. (Click on thumbnails to view larger pics.) Special thanks to Mike for getting our tent together, Judith for coordinating, and Rhonda for assisting. We look forward to next year!



Sketch Party a Big Hit For Drawers of All Ages and Ability Levels!

The Scribbles Institute Sketch Party was the hot spot for drawing during the Santa Cruz First Friday Art Tour, April 6th. A steady flow of people throughout the evening kept our various drawing stations occupied and the studio buzzing with energized creativity. Rob helped visitors with basic skills such as holding the pencil and measuring shapes. As the night progressed, he demonstrated advanced skills such as blocking in dominant shapes and sketching contours, shown in the above photo. It was wonderful to see so many new faces as well as regular SI students. Some of our monthly Meetup members even drove from San Jose to partake in the fun.


The festive atmosphere allowed for sketchers to get acquainted with each other and discover cool things to draw. Some participants hung in for several focused hours of drawing as they learned new techniques and created a number of finished works.

Special thanks to Mike and Judith for keeping the chips and dip bowls filled and capturing a slice of the evening’s action on camera and video.


A wide variety drawing materials and lessons were available for first-timers and accomplished artists as they created study sketches and finished compositions.

Some of our SI studio youth sketchers showed up to bust out some super-size charcoal drawings. Shown in the picture above left is Megan (with white hat) chatting while working on a composition. To the right is Helen and her Sketch Party dragon drawing.

Thanks to everyone who participated and helped to make our first Sketch Party a big success!

More Sketch Party action:



SI Expression Session: Learning to Draw Just Got More Exciting!

Our new Expression Session package allows you flexibility in scheduling (you choose the day) and opportunities to share drawing with other students while keeping a disciplined focus on lessons. Small class size ensures that each sketcher gets personal attention with their particular lesson. $150 gets you 4, 2-hour sessions. Adult and youth classes are always forming.

“I really enjoy these drawing evenings. I love the music and how I can get so lost in the moment. [Rob] always makes it around to all of us with helpful suggestions.” —Sue, Level 2 adult student

Expression Session Winter Classes, 2012:

Cost: $150 includes materials  Note: All new adult and youth students must start with Level 1 classes

Online Registration available soon!

SI Expression Session Classes Winter, 2012

Wednesday and Thursday evenings (Saturdays are available for groups and special workshops)

Level 1: 6:00-8:00pm (4 weeks)
Explore! Drawing coach, Rob Court, introduces students to basic skills such as gripping the pencil, blocking-in shapes, measuring proportions, and perception of space. Students quickly gain confidence as sketchers in these fun, informative classes for beginners–especially for those who think they can’t draw. (Read reviews about Rob’s teaching method.)

Level 2: 6:30-8:30pm (4 weeks)
Experiment! Our Level 2 lessons get students into experimenting with different media (graphite, charcoal, pastels, ink), drawing papers, and techniques. Students are introduced to basic principles in composition with an emphasis on drawing from observation and from the imagination. Students are also encouraged to explore specific areas of interest in drawing such as sketchbooking, illustration, design, and animation.

Level 3: 7-9pm (or you can start at 6:30)
Express! After honing their skills and experimenting with materials, our Level 3 lessons help students to find their voice in drawing and learn ways to express it. Whether it’s more intensive studies in realism or surrealism, concept art or fine art, the Scribbles Institute provides guidance and tools for the exciting process of drawing out your inner artist.


Register and Get Your FREE Book!

SPECIAL OFFER: FREE Drawing Book for New Level 1 Students! When you register for our Level 1, 4-week drawing course you’ll receive Rob Court’s 100-page book called How to Draw All Sorts of Things. It’s a great beginning drawing book for young artists of all ages. Offer does not apply to adult Level 1 students registering for classes at Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center. (Offer good until January 1, 2012) View Rob’s how-to-draw books here.

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September Expression Session Huge Success!

Students loved the first month of the Expression Session drawing program at the Scribbles Institute. Energized, fun evenings of drawing took place for combined classes of Levels 1 and 2 sketchers.  Casey took full advantage of the flexibility of the new schedule format to do a number of lessons in a short period of time, like her charcoal drawing of a plaster ear, shown above. Join the fun!

For Expression Session info and registration click here.

Above left are Level 1 sketchers Jennifer and Penny learning about lines, shapes and proportions. And you can see Chris’ large scale lizard drawn with accurate proportions. Above right shows Level 1 sketchers Darcey, Linda, and Sue learning about positive and negative space, proportions, and contour edges. Click on images to view larger.

Above left are Karla’s pencil and charcoal studies of a shell showing her progress in contours, proportions, and tonal values. Above right shows Casey “in the Zone” as she accurately sketches geometric blocks.

Level 3 youth sketcher, Hannah, above left, dropped in on our adult Expression Session for an evening of focused drawing. Above right, she’s shown with Casey and Jon.


Students learn the importance of doing a lot of study sketches to find the large, general shapes before going for smaller shapes, contours, and tones. Shown above left and right are Sue’s quick studies of proportions of a plaster cast.

And now…

Our gallery of student work from August and September. Scroll down to find your drawings. Click on images to view larger.

Darcey Level 1, Adult



Hannah Level 3, High School



Karla Level 2, Adult



Jon Level 2, Adult


Jennifer Level 1, Adult

Penny Level 1, Adult (Sorry Penny, I didn’t get your drawings for photos)


Casey Level 2, Adult


Chris Level 1, Adult (Sorry Chris, I didn’t get your drawings for photos)


Linda Level 1, Adult

Sue Level 2, Adult