Community

Live to Draw. Draw to Live. Enjoy improving your observational drawing skills. Learn to use your sketchbook for developing ideas, organizing your thoughts, and increasing productivity. Join our small but mighty community as we sketch on the streets, in the field, and in the studio. Learn to draw the moment!

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SketchTribe Meetups

SketchTribe Meetup Details
Join us for a fun-filled night of drawing and partying at our free-for-all SketchTribe Meetups.

Enjoy a conversation over some pencil doodles or dive into some charcoal sketches from life. We’ve got all the drawing materials you’ll need. This is a great opportunity to meet fellow sketchers. Got a sketchbook? Bring it along. A fun, creative evening for the whole family—and it’s FREE! Our SketchTribe parties are in conjunction with First Friday Santa Cruz Art Tour Where: The Scribbles Institute When: Date to be determined.

Join the fun! Our Santa Cruz Drawing Meetups and iPad Drawing Meetups are great for test-driving the Scribbles Institute studio. Free activities, demos, lessons, refreshments, and more!

SketchTribe Meetup Page

First Friday Art Tour Info

Coming: Sketch Walks

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Walking is wonderful for a healthy body and imagination. SketchTribe Sketch Walks are 2 hours of strolling and sketching in interesting urban and natural settings. Practice sketching the essence of subjects as we change locations every 20 or 30 minutes. Breathe fresh Santa Cruz air and sketch like the wind!

Coming Soon! What You’ll Practice: Quickly capture buildings, trees, and people with minimal line work. Study perspective while sketching landmark buildings (shown in above sketch). Open to adults (Basic sketchbook skills recommended). When: Coming Soon! 5:30-7:30pm Where: Meet Rob at The Scribbles Institute at 5:15pm; then we’ll walk to nearby locations for sketching. Cost: Free! Materials needed: Sketchbook and 2B-9B drawing pencils (various ink pens are cool to try too!), portable chair or camping stool is recommended. Limited to 10 participants.

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Sketch Walk Info

Coming Soon! River Walk: What You’ll Practice: Quickly capture various landscape sketches as we walk along the San Lorenzo River near the Tannery area. Open to adults (Basic sketchbook skills recommended). When: Coming Soon! 5:30-7:30pm Where: Meet Rob at The Scribbles Institute at 5:15pm; then we’ll walk to nearby locations for sketching. Cost: Free! Materials needed: Sketchbook and 2B-9B drawing pencils (various ink pens are cool to try too!), portable chair or camping stool is recommended. Limited to 10 participants

We’ll be doing all sorts of fun Sketch Walks in the not-too-distant future! To stay in touch, subscribe to our eNewsletter.

River Walk Info


Workshops

Explore! Experiment! Express! And have fun! Our SketchTribe Workshops help adult and youth participants discover new ways to apply drawing skills.

On the Streets:

Urban Sketching: Squid Row

What better activity to enjoy on a Saturday afternoon? Going outside to sketch, of course! We’ll find some excellent vantage points to sketch the hustle and bustle of Santa Cruz. What You’ll Learn: Practice quickly capturing buildings, trees, and Surf City’s fascinating street life. Open to adult beginners. When: Schedule to be determined 1-4pm Where: Meet with Rob at location to be announced. Cost: $45 Materials needed: Sketchbook and 2B-9B drawing pencils (various ink pens are cool to try too!) Limited to 12 participants.

Squid Row Info

Urban Perspectives In Sketching

10.12.10.view.from.falafel.house.smWelcome the beginning of spring by getting outside and sketching, and Learn how to put the 3D world on the 2D page.  We’ll find some excellent vantage points to sketch the hustle and bustle of Santa Cruz. What You’ll Learn: Practice quickly capturing buildings, trees, and Surf City’s fascinating street life. Open to adult beginners. When: Schedule to be determined Where: Meet with Rob at location to be announced. Cost: $45 Materials needed: Sketchbook and 2B-9B drawing pencils (various ink pens are cool to try too!)

View Urban Workshop Pics!

Urban Sketching Info

In the Field:

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Wilder Ranch Field Sketching

One of our popular field sketching workshops is an afternoon at Wilder Ranch! Relax at this scenic ranch setting while exploring methods of composition and how to capture subject matter quickly while drawing historic buildings, animals, trees, and farm equipment.

Open to adults, all skill levels—especially beginners Where: Wilder Ranch State Park (Directions: Click Here). Meet Rob at the Victorian yellow house near the entrance, starting at 12:30pm. When: Schedule to be determined Cost: $45 Materials needed: Sketchbook and 2B-9B drawing pencils (various ink pens are cool to try too!). Portable chair or camping stool recommended. Bring a jacket just in case it gets breezy. Workshop is limited to 12 participants. Deadline for sign up is May 25.

Wilder Ranch Info

Wilder Ranch Pics!

Arboretum Field Sketching

Stroll, with sketchbook in hand, through a wide variety of plant and tree species in this tranquil setting overlooking the Monterey Bay. What You’ll Learn: Practice outdoor field sketching skills while observing various plants and trees. Open to adult beginners Where: UCSC Arboretum (Directions: Click Here). Rob will be at Norrie’s Gift Shop near the entrance, starting at 12:30. When: Saturday, 2019, 1-4pm Cost: $45 Materials needed: Sketchbook and 2B-9B drawing pencils (various ink pens are cool to try too!); a portable chair or camping stool is recommended.

Arboretum Sketching Info

UCSC Arboretum Pics

In the Studio:

Intro to Sketchbook Basics

This basic workshop is a great way to prepare for our other SketchTribe workshops. What You’ll Learn: Introduction to sketching techniques and strategies for drawing from life and imagination. Explore composition and capturing subject matter quickly. We’ll spend time in the studio for introductory lessons; then go outside to sketch architecture and trees.

sketchbook-workshopOpen to adult beginners. Where: The Scribbles Institute When: Schedule to be determined Cost: $45 Materials needed: Sketchbook and 2B-9B drawing pencils (We’ve got lots of different pencils and pens for you to try.) Refreshments served. Limited to 12 participants.

Sketchbook Basics Info

Zen Pen Workshop

Grab a fist full of assorted pens and mix it up with random lines and shapes on a nice, big piece of paper! This workshop is for beginners and advanced artists.

Experiment with a variety of pens and ink, including Tombow pens, Micron pens, and Speedball tips. Explore various techniques such as stipple and cross-hatching Where: The Scribbles Institute 303 Potrero #59 Santa Cruz When: Coming Soon, 1-4pm Cost: $45 (materials included) Refreshments served. Limited to 12 participants.

Zen Pen Info

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Flower Drawing Workshop

All day workshop! Join drawing coach, Rob Court for this 1-day intensive workshop. Rob will show you how to use his Block, Sketch, Draw method for drawing flowers. Learn to block in dominant shapes and angles, study and capture realistic organic form; then finish with a beautifully drawn composition.

When: Schedule to be determined Where: The Scribbles Institute Cost: $75 includes all materials Prerequisite: Level 2 or 3 Drawing Lab at the Scribbles Institute or equivalent (contact Rob if you have questions)

Seating is limited to 8, so register soon! Refreshments and healthy snacks will be served, but you may want to bring a lunch (we have a fridge).

Flower Drawing Info

Abstract/Expressive Drawing

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What you’ll learn: Begin with foundational skills by learning to express yourself with lines, shapes, patterns, and rhythm. You’ll learn to draw out your inner artist and learn basic composition skills while listening to different genres of music. If you’ve taken this workshop before, Rob will have more advanced lessons for you to work on, too Where: The Scribbles Institute 303 Potrero #59 Santa Cruz, California When:Schedule to be determined Cost: $45 (materials included) Limited seating. Deadline to register: October 14, 2015

Abstract/Expressive Info

Prismacolor Pencil Drawing

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Adult beginners explore using Prismacolor pencils to achieve realism while drawing simple objects. What You’ll Learn: Blending colors, 3D modeling, measuring proportions. Recommended prerequisite: Level 1 Drawing Lab skills. Limited seating. Where: The Scribbles Institute 303 Potrero #59 Santa Cruz When: Schedule to be determined Cost: $45 (materials included)

Prismacolor Pencil Info

Figure Drawing Workshops

You’ve been asking for it, and now we’re going to do it!  We are in the planning stages to start a Introduction to Figure Drawing course and regular drop-in figure sessions. We may do this as a 4-evening course or possibly consecutive Saturdays. Let us know what you think. Where: The Scribbles Institute 303 Potrero #59 Santa Cruz When: Schedule to be determined Cost: To be determined

Figure Drawing Info

Pastel Drawing

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In our popular Pastel Drawing  workshop, Cathy Patton, a local artist and teacher, will be showing us basic skills in composition & blending colors. If you’ve taken this workshop before, Cathy will have more advanced lessons for you to work on, too. Limited seating. Where: The Scribbles Institute 303 Potrero #59 Santa Cruz When: Schedule to be determined Cost: $45 (materials included) Refreshments served

Pastel Drawing Info

SketchTribe Workshop Pics!


On-Location Workshops & Events

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The Scribbles Institute is proud to serve the Central California Coast from our friendly little studio in Santa Cruz. We are always eager to work with important organizations such as the Homeless Garden Project, shown above. Here are some of the various workshops and events we are involved in:

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Church St. Fair

Happy sketchers, young and old, visit our booth at the Church Street Fair in Santa Cruz. We offer free lessons as well space for sketchers to unleash their freestyle drawing powers. Participants are free to draw for as long as they want and return the next day. The fair is part of the Cabrillo Contemporary Music Festival and attracts a huge Central Coast crowd as well as visitors from around the world.  Where: On Church Street, in front of the Civic Auditorium, downtown Santa Cruz Info: Event Website Cost: Free

Church St. Fair Pics!

Lenz Arts Drawing For Beginners

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Extremely Fun Drawing Skills For Absolute Beginners—Especially Adults Who Think They Can’t Draw. Rob Court enjoys doing regular workshops at the coolest art store on the planet to conduct his popular drawing workshop. Reconnect with your childhood thrill of drawing as you’re introduced to basic observational drawing skills and techniques. What you’ll learn: We’ll start by learning the overhand, underhand, and tripod pencil grips. Then we’ll begin building foundational skills by drawing with lines, shapes, and patterns. You’ll be introduced to drawing from observation and composition as you learn to measure proportions and see positive/negative space. When: Coming Soon Where: Lenz Arts 142 River Street on the corner of North Pacific and River Street in beautiful Santa Cruz, California Cost: Free! Materials needed: Sketchbook (8.5 x 11″ preferred), Drawing pencils (4B, 6B, 9B recommended)

Beginners Workshop Pics!

Beginners Workshop Info

Drawing at MAH

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We’re proud to working with Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH) in engaging events for the whole family such as Art That Moves. Rob Court helps museum participants learn to draw action sports figures such as surfers, skateboarders, snowboarders, and cyclists.

Art That Moves Pics!


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Workshops For Your School, Company, Gallery, Organization, Event

Bring Rob Court and the Scribbles Institute to your school or business. See photos of workshop participants at Santa Cruz and Monterey schools and MAH.

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