Sketching with Pens: Online Workshop

This event last occurred on August 4, 2020, 9:30—11:30 am.

Join us to explore the variety of marks, textures and effects possible with fine tip pens. We'll look at a range of examples, discuss techniques and exercises and have plenty of time for drawing and feedback. All skill levels are welcome.

This interactive workshop will take place on Zoom. Students will receive the meeting link via email one day prior to the workshop.

Recommended Supplies:

9 x 12 or 11 x 14 multi-use sketchbook
2 drawing pencils of different hardnesses (HB and 2B)
1 grey kneaded eraser
1 white plastic eraser
Pencil sharpener

Any fine tip pen - felt tip, roller ball or ballpoint; Micron, Pilot, etc. are all good. “Fine tip pens” is a broad category, “fine” is meant just to distinguish them from big markers. Our focus will be on monochromatic line drawing and shading, so black or another dark color are all good.

(We know it's hard to get new art supplies just now, so feel free to join with whatever you have.)



About the Instructor:

Erica Beade is a freelance illustrator and educator specializing in science, health and nature subjects. She began her freelance business, MBC Graphics, in 1998, and since then her work has appeared in numerous books, magazines, exhibits and research journals. The field of scientific illustration has allowed Erica to combine her interests in art, science and the natural world. She holds a B.A. in Studio Art (Drawing and Printmaking) from Wesleyan University and attended the Graphic Arts program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Erica has a long-standing passion for observational drawing and enjoys sharing that enthusiasm through her work with students of all ages. She has been teaching since 2002 at various venues, including the Harvard Museum of Natural History and the Arlington Center for the Arts. More information at:

Event Type: 
Sculpture Park Programs
Art + Nature Programs
Member Programs