All posts by Rob Court

Founder and drawing coach at the Scribbles Institute, Rob helps adults and kids learn basic drawing skills for work, school, and enjoyment. He is the author of a number of how-to-draw books.

SI Currents: Street Fair; Student Highlights; Girl On Fire

It’s summer in Santa Cruz and drawing classes at the Scribbles Institute are heating up. Adult and youth students continue to make great strides in drawing from observation and imagination. The drawings of one adult student, in particular, blazed consistently. And to keep the heat on we’re getting a booth in the Church Street Fair during the Cabrillo Music Festival in August. Scroll down for the latest SI Currents: Continue reading SI Currents: Street Fair; Student Highlights; Girl On Fire

Gianna Goodpaster Draws Her Future


Gianna Goodpaster is a Santa Cruz teenager who doodles, draws, and paints. What sets Gianna apart from other students is her quiet, self-determined journey of creative exploration. After viewing the extreme variety of media she experiments with, we’re compelled to jump on board just to see where her extraordinary journey will lead in the future.

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In fact, Gianna is a daring shapeshifter when it comes to artistic styles. During the past couple of years, having her as a Draw to Learn student required me to keep a wide assortment of tools and subject matter on hand. Whether doing study sketches in charcoal, highly detailed ink renderings, or vivid pastel compositions, she shifts creative gears effortlessly. Gianna’s impulse to create is apparent the moment she walks into the classroom. Quickly choosing her materials, she sets her iPod; then explodes with unpredictable, irresistibley cool drawings. Continue reading Gianna Goodpaster Draws Her Future

Online Student Drawing Show, 2011-12

Welcome to the Scribbles Institute Online Student Show, featuring work from our Adult and Youth studio sketchers as well as our Draw to Learn schools in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties. All of our students start with basic lessons on measuring proportions, positive/negative space, and contours before moving to more advanced projects. The pastel drawing of the peacock, shown above is by Grace B. from Natural Bridges High School. In the following images you’ll see Levels 1, 2, and 3 students at different stages of development. Enjoy the fantastic work by our 2011-12 students! Continue reading Online Student Drawing Show, 2011-12

Graphic Recording: Sharing Complex Ideas Through Drawing

Are you one of those people who likes to solve problems on the job by sketching your ideas for coworkers? Are you a visual communicator interested in putting your drawing skills to work for businesses and organizations? Check out what these sketchers are doing to answer the call of duty as graphic recorders and graphic facilitators. Continue reading Graphic Recording: Sharing Complex Ideas Through Drawing