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About the Classes

Experienced sketchers or newcomers–both are welcome! You'll get the basics in our weekly workshops, led by artists who offer plenty of individual instruction. Sessions begin with a short lecture, discussion, and slide show to highlight specific technical, historical, and stylistic issues. Then you'll move into the galleries to draw from artworks in the permanent collection and select special exhibitions.

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Fees per session: $30; $22 MIA members.

Make a day of it!
Come for sketching? Stay for a lecture! Renowned experts on a variety of topics will open your mind to new scholarship and unlock creative possibilities. more

About the Instructor
Kenneth P. Wenzel received an M.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute and a B.F.A.  from the School of the Visual Arts in New York. His work has been exhibited widely.

Materials List


  • Paper: 11 x 14 in., 12 x 18 in., or 14 x 17 in. medium-weight white paper for drawing with a variety of mediums, including pencil
  • Several blending stumps
Any and/or all of the following drawing materials:
  • Graphite drawing pencils (several each) of grades HB, 2B, 4B, 6B
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Small pencil sharpener with container for shavings
  • Color pencils: Berol Prismacolor Thick Lead Art Pencils or equivalent (set of 12, more if desired)
  • Oil pastels: Sets of 12 or more. Pentel and Panda brands are student-grade materials. Rembrandt is professional grade. Choose what feels right to you.
  • Small packet of dry facial tissue
  • Moistened wipes to clean hands