Drawing as Seeing and the Acceptance of Chaos: A Sumi Ink Wash Drawing Workshop with Heather McLaughlin

Sat, June 10 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
$40 plus $10 material fee

Workshop Series at The Sou’wester

Drawing as Seeing and the Acceptance of Chaos: A Sumi Ink Wash Drawing Workshop with Heather McLaughlin

Drawing is a way of seeing, a way of understanding and an exercise. This drawing workshop will focus on plenair (on-sight) observational drawing the beautiful and chaotic material: sumi ink.


The ink is an excellent tool to capture light and shapes, as compared to the way pencils and pens lead themselves to more contours and patterns. This special ink has rich, deep blacks that are easy to swoon over. During this 3 hour workshop students will complete multiple small drawings using the Sou’wester grounds as their muse and model. We will cover techniques for recording scale, light and shapes while practicing plenair drawing skills and increase our understanding and mastery of the sumi ink medium.


Heather McLaughlin was born next to the Chesapeake Bay in Baltimore Maryland and relocated to Red Lodge Montana, on the north border of Yellowstone Park, in 1991. After high school, she continued west to Portland Oregon and continued her studies at Pacific Northwest College of Art. Heather completed her Bachelors of Fine Art in Printmaking in 2005.  She served on the board of Flight 64 Studio (a Member-run Print Studio) from 2008 until 2014. She currently serves at the Printmaking Studio Manager and adjunct Continuing Education instructor at PNCA. In addition to her art, Heather is a musician in the band Rotties, a performer and production assistant. Visit Heather’s website at hardcoremermaid.com

COST:  $40 plus $10 material fee (Please pay material fee directly to instructor.) 

BRING: Please wear clothes that you will be comfortable in outdoors that you do not mind getting art materials on. Please bring a sack lunch and/or snack. Hot tea and coffee provided.

All workshops are open to the public.

All Skill Levels Welcome.

This workshop is geared for adults.

RSVP via souwesterfrontdesk@gmail.com or 360-642-2542

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