Sketchbook Play with TJ Marston: VALUES

02nov(nov 2)9:00 am16(nov 16)12:00 pmSketchbook Play with TJ Marston: VALUES

Event Details

Wednesdays, November 2, 9, and 16, 2022 | 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Seeing and drawing VALUES (the study of light and shadow) is an essential sketching skill. For this course, we will be working in a minimal color palette and studying in depth how light can create shapes, play with edges, and help our sketches dance off the page. Inspired by the tropical garden surrounding us, students will complete a variety of abstract value exercises designed to expand their understanding of various mediums, see and draw values with greater ease, and unlock a fearless approach to sketching. This course is great for both beginner and experienced artists who want to sharpen essential skills or find a more playful approach to sketching!

This course is part of the Sketchbook Play Series, taught by local designer and urban sketcher, TJ Marston. While students are encouraged to take the whole series for maximum benefit, it’s not a requirement. Each session can be done on its own without needing another. Grab your sketchbook, and let’s play!



For the list below, whatever you have related to each item will work in the class, but I am including in what I suggest if you are looking to purchase new. I will have many supplies on hand to try as well!

  • A5 or larger Watercolor or Mixed media Sketchbook (smooth paper, 300 gsm weight, portrait, square, or landscape format ok)
  • Toned Mixed Media Pad or Sketchbook – Grey (smooth or hot press, Size 9×12)
  • White Gouache (tube) OR White Acrylic Ink
  • Liquid charcoal (Schminke Kohle brand – Grape seed black) OR Watercolor Paint (Paynes Grey)
  • Carandache neocolor II Water Soluble Wax Pastels (white, light grey, Indigo Blue, black)
  • Colored Pencils (Paynes Grey, white)
  • Soft compressed charcoal pastels (will also be provided in class)
  • Black waterproof fine-liner pen (microns or fountain pens with ink will work)
  • Watercolor brushes (I would suggest 3 round synthetic watercolor brushes [size 12, 8, 1] and one flat brush [size 14])
  • Plastic palette or plate for mixing (may need more than what comes with a basic watercolor palette)
  • Cup (for holding water)
  • Paper towels(for drying brush and cleaning palette)
  • Small spray bottle (optional for cleaning palette and wetting paints)
  • Bulldog clips (optional for holding sketchbook pages flat)
  • Pencil, Eraser
  • Painters Tape OR Washy tape (various sizes or just ½ inch)

Instructor Bio: TJ Marston is an award-winning landscape designer, urban sketcher and part-time lecturer at Florida International University. TJ discovered a passion for sketching while pursuing her Master’s in Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. Keeping a regular sketchbook boosted her creativity and became the foundation for her design process. TJ brings her passion for sketching into her popular visualization and design courses at FIU’s School of Architecture. More recently, TJ discovered urban sketching as a way to document her life with her family of five. She finds joy in helping others breakthrough their fears and develop new skills in their sketching journey.

Ticket Rates
Members $105 (for a three-session class)
Non-members $135 (for a three-session class)


Tickets are nonrefundable. This class runs rain or shine.

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